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Day 44: We Reach Mount Desert Island!

Monica and her parents, Janice and Butch

Monica and her parents, Janice and Butch

45.47 miles

Last night Monica had already set out a great spread of food for our breakfast this morning. She had various kinds of cold cereal, oatmeal, fruit, etc all laid out on the kitchen counter so we could take our pick. She’s really made us feel at home and as someone who recently finished a bike tour, she knows that food is one of the biggest parts of our day. To top it off, she gave each of us a few brownies as a snack for on the road. Gotta love Warm Showers hosts!

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Day 43: In Fair Verona

43.88 miles

Rocky Road out of Rockport

Rocky Road out of Rockport

Once again we lucked out with access to a fridge last night for our milk, so cold cereal it was, before we headed off this morning from Megunticook Campground. We got back on the ACA route, which took us through some small towns along the coast. Our Warm Showers host requested that we arrive after 6 pm, so we took our time over the day getting to her house. We had a bit of climbing and narrow roads outside of Camden. Near Pitcher Pond, I noticed a cell phone on the side of the road. Alan picked it up, plugged it in to give it some juice and made a call to the wife of its owner. Phone and relieved owner were soon reunited and we pressed on to Belfast for lunch. I had a great tempeh reuben at the Belfast Co-op. Later, near Searsport, we decided to stop and do laundry to rest and eat up some more of the afternoon.

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Day 42: Wiscasset to Rockport

42 miles

Looking back towards Wiscasset

Looking back towards Wiscasset

Our breakfast yesterday was quite tasty, so we didn’t hesitate to walk over to the Ship’s Chow Hall for breakfast again today. I had a fruit crepe that had a yummy sweet cream filling. I also got a blueberry pancake on the side and poured their real maple syrup on it. Delish!

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Alan at the Schooner

Day 41: Ahoy! A Rest Day at the Schooner Inn

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What are bike tourists to do when the weather map looks like this?
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We get this question a lot as we’ve been riding up to Maine. We got caught in the rain yesterday and the Schooner Inn was the closest motel, so we took a room there to get out of the rain. It’s a bit shabby, but clean enough for our tastes. Our weather map has looked something like the above picture for the last 36 hours. When we got up this morning, we realized that we wouldn’t make the distance to the next campground or motel without getting soaked, so we decided to take another rest day and stay at the Schooner Inn for one more night.

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Day 40: 1000 Miles!

29 miles

Scenic MarshThis morning Rachel and Pete both had to be out of the house by about 6 AM.  Rachel was leading an LL Bean bike trip to a nearby island and Pete works Sundays as a church organist.  They were amazingly generous last night and told us to sleep in and to take our time getting ready and to let ourselves out.  They even insisted we make ourselves at home in their kitchen to make breakfast.  They left us some homemade blueberry muffins and cantaloupe melon.  We also fried some eggs and made toast.  I’m really starting to love using Warm Showers.  I wish we could stay with Warm Showers folks every night.  Then we could ditch our camping and cooking gear and travel light!

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Day 38: Rolling up to Sebago Lake, Maine

31.58 miles

Yesterday I picked up a quart of almond milk at the market and was able to stash it in the cooler at Yankeeland’s camp store overnight. We enjoyed cold milk with our cereal again this morning before heading out for Sebago Lake. As we headed west and then north to the lake, the route became increasingly hilly and we were surprised to come upon a very straight section of road ahead of us.

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Day 37: Nice Day Along the Beach

35.6 miles

Saying goodbye to Karen

Saying goodbye to Karen

As expected, we woke to rain this morning. The weather forecast said it would clear up around 10, so we packed up and waited for the rain to stop. Sure enough, blue sky started to peek through the clouds as we finished loading up our bikes. We said goodbye to Karen and thanked her for letting us stay two nights, feeding us, and entertaining us with stories of her own bike touring experiences. Staying with Warm Showers hosts is great, not only for the place to stay, but so far the people have been really nice and fun to spend time with. I hope we continue to be so lucky.

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Day 36: Exploring Portsmouth, NH

11.5 miles

We set out for Portsmouth this morning after filling up on Karen’s home-made granola for breakfast. It was a 5 mile bike ride back across the river and seemed quite warm for the morning, but we pressed on. We didn’t have any specific plans for sightseeing, but I had seen signs for something called the Strawberry Banke Museum. We decided to start there. The town that became Portsmouth was originally called Strawberry Banke by the English sailors who explored this part of the New World. Apparently wild strawberries were quite abundant in this area and were noticed by the English who named the new town accordingly. At some point, town muckety-mucks decided that Strawberry Banke wasn’t going to cut it for the name of an up-and-coming colonial city, and renamed the city Portsmouth.

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Day 35: Maine-ly Biking

37.84 miles

Yesterday, I discovered a refrigerator while nosing around the pavilion before we went out to dinner. We can’t carry much perishable food so its always a lucky thing to find a fridge at the campground to stash food in overnight. We bought two pints of milk at the market where we had dinner in anticipation of real cold milk with our cereal. It’s so much better than luke-warm powdered milk in the morning. We packed up and got on the road pretty quickly after breakfast.

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Day 34: A Travel Day

40 miles

Robert Frost FarmToday we walked to a nearby Panera’s for breakfast. I know Panera’s doesn’t exactly scream “Exciting bike trip across the country!”, but hey, we also stayed at a Motel 6 last night. Sometimes bike touring can be rather mundane. For example, most of our biking today was through what I like to think of as “residential woods”. That means we were constantly passing houses and mailboxes set in hilly woods. There was not much in the way of exciting scenery, just biking along on fairly quiet woody roads. I like to think of today as a “travel day” where nothing much happens other than moving a little further down the road.

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Day 33: On to New Hampshire

43.4 miles

For breakfast, our host Matt filled us up with omelets made from fresh eggs from the chickens and pancakes filled with fresh blueberries Kerry picked yesterday. Thank you, so much, to Matt and Kerry for opening your home to us! Once we packed up the bikes, Matt, Kerry, Herbie and Laura gave us a bike escort out of the neighborhood as we found our way back to the ACA route.

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