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Day 90: Another Saddle

0 miles

It was raining when we woke up this morning and so we slept in hoping the rain would stop.  Eventually our hungry bellies (and the call of nature) forced us out of bed and out of the pop-up trailer we’re sleeping in.  We dashed through the rain into the house and made ourselves some breakfast since our hosts had already left for work.  They had told us to make ourselves at home so I enjoyed some cold cereal and milk.  It’s a luxury I usually only get to enjoy when we stay at a motel.  It was still raining so we watched some TV while researching local bike shops.  The new saddle I’ve been riding the past week has not worked out and so I’ll be sending it back to the store I bought it from and taking advantage of their generous refund policy.

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Day 83: Fond of Hills?

35.04 miles

Log cabin along bike path

Log cabin along bike path

The sun streamed into the tent this morning to wake us up.  I can’t complain about a sunny, warm morning, especially since it might not be long before we run into cold weather as Autumn approaches.  Since we didn’t bike through any towns yesterday we went a few miles out of our way this morning to bike into the town of Plymouth to stop at the Piggly Wiggly (a grocery store, for those who don’t already know).  In addition to a few groceries we shared a quart of chocolate milk and some cookies for our second breakfast.

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Day 79: More Miles on the Rail Trail

40.88 miles

This morning we woke up to rain, so we lazed around in the tent until the storms cleared off to the east. When we finally got up, we moved a lot of our gear under the pavilion so we would have a dry place to organize and pack up.

Stack of tiny pancakes

Stack of tiny pancakes

Yesterday I bought some Bisquick Instant Pancake Mix at the market so we could have pancakes for breakfast. This mix worked out better than I could have hoped and we really enjoyed our breakfast. Look at this tiny little short stack! Without butter or syrup, we dolled up the pancakes with a little dab of Nutella. Super!

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Day 77: Rest Day in Bay City

3.24 miles

Finally, a rest day.  We haven’t had a day off the bike since our day in Niagara Falls.  That’s 11 days we’ve gone without a rest day.  And considering we’ve biked over 40 or even 50 miles on many of these past 11 days, I’d say we’re due for a rest.  We started our day by sleeping in while Greg and Kim saw their boys off to the first day of a new school year.  Obviously we’re aware that summer is coming to an end, but milestones like the first day of school make it all the more apparent.  Once we did roll out of bed, Kim had yummy homemade cinnamon rolls waiting in the kitchen.  Greg is the pastor at the evangelical church next door and he had appointments, but Kim had the morning free and we sat and chatted with her for a little while.  She’s a doula and so we talked about her job, our trip, their boys, etc.

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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 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 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 26: Our First Warm Showers Hosts

16 miles

Despite the large size of last night’s campground, it wasn’t too noisy and I slept ok.  It helps that it wasn’t a hot night and we left the rainfly off the tent to get a little more fresh air.  The campground store had milk so we were able to enjoy a bowl of cold cereal for breakfast.  It was a nice change from oatmeal, which can get old, especially in warm weather.

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Day 7: Meeting Other Bike Tourists, Almost

47 miles

Despite being at the top of a steep hill, French Creek Campground was a nice place to stay.  Any campground with showers is ok by me.  And there were no mosquitoes to speak of, which was a nice bonus.  But they did have a bunch of little gnats that liked to fly in our faces.  These bugs were annoying us at breakfast and encouraged us to hit the road.

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