Those of you who read my stoker’s epilogue may remember I shared that my 92 year old father was quite ill throughout our C2C adventure. In early June, about 5 weeks after I returned, my Dad passed away. He lived and died on his own terms. I miss him very much, but he had a great life which I try to celebrate every day by living my own great life!
Our current adventure begins in Maine. Cycling, Acadia National Park and lobster are on the agenda, and we are doing our best to fulfill this mission.
Our first week on the road is in a tiny little cottage on Loon Hollow Lane (we are not too far from Bangor). We can see the little lake where the loons live, and at night we can hear their song, but we haven’t seen them yet.
I can report that it is VERY hilly here. Our daily rides have been averaging around 45 miles with over 3000 feet of climbing.
After seeing the width of the roads and the traffic in Acadia National Park we decided to hike rather than ride. The famous carriage trails are quite lovely, and we probably could have ridden on the surface, but we decided against it. One day we rode around the outskirts of the entire park on Mount Desert Island, and a second day we returned for hiking (it’s how we spent the one rainy-ish day).
We drove up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the Atlantic coast, and the first place to view sunrise in the U.S. for about 6 months out of the year. There is some hiking at the top and spectacular views and even at the end of July, it’s pretty darn cold up there!!
Meanwhile, on the lobster front, all is well. We’ve enjoyed ’em in rolls, in sliders, steamed, and grilled. After 5 days we broke our string of having “lob-stah” everyday, but we plan to start a new string as soon as possible.
I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that this area of the country is flush in ice cream parlors. This makes me very happy, and we are doing our best to visit as many as we can. These photos give me the chance to show just how much I love ice cream, and that my nails are are still ready for their close-ups.
Today we enjoy a change of pace ride. It’s flat along the Penobscot River and a sweet tailwind gets our pace over 17 mph for the day.
We have one more day and ride near Bangor, and then we will relocate to another Air B&B rental in Portland, ME, where we look forward to visiting one of our favorite breweries!
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