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.

Laundry stop near Searsport

Laundry stop near Searsport

Our Warm Showers host, Monica, lives on Verona Island, and we crossed onto the island over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The bridge is over 100 feet above the river and is a beautiful cable-stayed bridge. There’s an observation deck at the top of one of the towers, but it was too late in the day to take a look. The approach to the bridge takes a hard right to go over the bridge, so, for a moment, I thought we had to ride in traffic over the bridge. Fortunately, once we rolled onto the bridge there is a nice, wide shoulder to get across. After crossing the bridge onto the island, it was about 3 miles to Monica’s house. Monica had just finished a solo bike tour from Key West to her parents house in Maine and offered to host bike tourists while she was visiting them in Maine for a few weeks. We enjoyed a lobster dinner with Monica and her dad, Butch. Monica has been off the bike for about two weeks, so she knew to expect hungry bike tourists and fed us well. It was fun to compare notes on our bike tours. Her mom was out late helping family with a farm stand, so I’ll meet Janice in the morning.

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

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