What are bike tourists to do when the weather map looks like this?
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.
What did we do all day?
We lucked out with the Schooner Inn since it’s close to four restaurants. First we had breakfast at the Ship’s Chow Hall, across the street. The Ship’s Chow Hall only does breakfast and lunch, but it was busy and seems like a place locals probably like to visit. Both Alan and I had pancakes with real maple syrup. Yummy and filling.
Then the second round of rain came through, and we caught up on blogging, email and general internet-y things. I learned that a paper I wrote with my student Toni that will be published in The Journal of Virology was selected to be featured in the Spotlight feature, a list that “highlights research articles of significant interest.” That was terrific news, so I worked on the blurb which has to be back to the editor by Wednesday.
After the rain passed, we had a late pizza lunch, capped off with a Whoopie Pie for me and a Cream Horn for Alan. We spent the rest of the afternoon watching movies and generally being lazy. I reviewed our route map and made plans for potential campsites tomorrow near Rockport. We skipped dinner, since lunch was so late. I’ll work on getting my panniers repacked and then off to bed.