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.

RVs with a great view!

RVs with a great view!

Just a few miles up the road and we were riding right along the Atlantic coast, looking out over the ocean. Nothing separated us from the ocean except a little pavement and a rocky beach. This is the wonderful scenery that makes it worthwhile to ride all those miles through nondescript woods. Don’t get me wrong, the woods are nice and quite different from what I’m used to, but after weeks of riding through woods, you appreciate a little change of scenery.

So there we were, finally riding along the rocky coast of Maine. I’ve been looking forward to this since the start of the trip. However, I was surprised at how nice and sandy some of the beaches are up here. And as warm as it was today, plenty of people were laying out in the sand. You could easily mistake the beach for one in Southern California. I guess I should have known it wouldn’t be all rocky, rugged coastline up here.

Nubble Lighthouse

Nubble Lighthouse

One stop today was at the Nubble Lighthouse, as suggested by Karen. It was indeed scenic and it gave us a good place to stop for lunch. After that we continued along the coast, weaving through beach communities full of summer tourists. I wouldn’t call it a madhouse around here today, but I’m sure it gets busier on the weekend. I wonder how quiet it is in the winter though.

After another stop for ice cream and a stop for some groceries, we pushed on to our campground for tonight: the Yankeeland Campground near West Kennebunk. Both our butts were a little saddle weary during the last few miles today, so it felt good to finally get off the bikes. The campground is nothing special and actually kinda noisy due to a bunch of teenagers hanging out nearby. And, the wifi is horrible, so we can’t upload our photos from the last few days. What’s the point of paying for a campground if they can’t at least provide decent wifi? We’re trying to line up more Warm Showers hosts up the road, but nothing has panned out yet. Wish us luck!

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