Category Archives: Maine bicycling

Saaa-weeet

19916613215_cc60309aa5_zThere is nothing quite like waking up every morning and the only item in your day-plan is to ride your bike.   No checking emails (partly thanks to no internet) to see who may be knocking on your virtual door,  no questions on what to do with your time, no coffee to jump start your brain.  After five days of bicycle touring, there appears to be some slack in my hoidy-toidy veggie organic food  diet.  We have run out wild rice and corn, and in it’s place are day-old sandwich leftovers for breakfast, pretzels, chips, cliff bars and just about anything we can get our hands on.   The switch from hoidy-toidy to anything-goes happened somewhere around day 3 and we put up no resistance to the change.

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Bike friendly roads and less hills

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fogged in lighthouse
Fogged in
Pausing as the fog rolls in
Pausing while the fog rolls in

Somewhere south of Portland Maine, our ride took on elements of bicycle friendly roadways (shoulders the size of entire lanes), off-road trails, and substantially less intense hills.  This area embraces bicyclists, and this is obvious by the dramatic increase in bicycle traffic.

Today’s ride was to begin at 6AM, and at 6:05 we realized that we had overslept.  Camping under huge spruce tree cover, plus very dense fog had our bio-clock confused.   Despite the late wake-up, we managed to shovel down handfuls of food, place our gear on our bikes, pump up the tires and break-down everything else that needed to be done in a 15 minute window.   By 6:20AM, we were on the road, traveling.  The only worry in our world was getting beyond heavily traveled Route 1 before the rush of humanity had the same idea.   We biked fast, together, with front lights and tail lights blinking like a Christmas tree.   And then we veered off Route 1, to begin a ride that would soon morph into a biker’s dream. Continue reading Bike friendly roads and less hills