Tuesday, January 29, 2019

MAINE - DAY 106 - SEP 16

During my pleasant stay in Dover-Foxcroft, I verbally reserved a car in Bangor, Maine, my day's destination. It wasn't a solid commitment, so I had all day to mull this decision over. I could have changed my mind and continue bicycle touring down through New England to near Philadelphia, where I wanted to visit several cousins, or I could fly home from Bangor, either shipping my bike or flying with it as check through baggage. Decisions, decisions!

It was another pleasant day, not too difficult, and I went directly to the airport where the car rental was located. They had me waiting about 4 hours, so I went and got a room for the night. I got a call that the car was ready and I had already taken my panniers off of the bike and was pedaling the 3 miles or so back to the airport. About 100 yards from the terminal I ran over something and in short order the rear tire was flat. I continued pedaling and walked the last little bit. Can you believe it? After almost 3300 miles I get my first flat just as I'm preparing to quit the ride and rent a car! If you know me, you know I won't assign any magical intervention to this very weird coincidence, but it did give me pause.

In any case, I got upgraded gratis to a little bigger and nicer car, and the fix was in. My plan is to visit Acadia National Park for starters, head down and visit cousins, and then slowly make my way across the country. I may stop and have a bicycle ride or hike on the way, but I don't think the pictures and blogging will be as voluminous. An epilogue is forthcoming. Hope you enjoyed the bicycle tour.



MAINE - 105 - SEP 15

Today, as I left Greenville, I got a picture of Moosehead Lake, the steamboat, Katahdin, and the Shaw Block building. Here is some additional info; 

It was another great hilly day through the beautiful forests of Maine. Just before the tiny town of Monson I crossed the Appalachian Trail. There were some greeters there with goodies and encouragement for the trail hikers.

I passed by an old covered bridge before entering my destination stop for the night in Dover-Foxcroft. For lodging, I found a nice, newly renovated boutique hotel.



MAINE - DAY 104 - SEP 14

From Jackman, I decided to head for Bangor, (big city, bright lights), which also has an international airport. I thought it might take a couple days and it turned out to be three.

Another pretty day with some good hills and great scenery. There were several small lakes and rivers and the very large Moosehead Lake. The first very small town was Rockwood with a cute little harbor. You can see some color just starting to come out in the trees, but still very early.

After arriving in the larger town of Greenville, I had planned on another 15 miles, but I was about out of gas. Here in town there were no good choices for lodging, so I plopped down in a coffee shop and checked "warmshowers". To my surprise, there was only one which I called and got invited over. This couple, Jeri and Henry were natives of the area, had a little grocery / grill in town, and lived in a lovely home up and over a big hill. Henry had done some touring too.

The view of the lake with the islands is on the way to their house. The big white house is the Blair Hill Inn, a B&B, at the top of the hill with a great view of Moosehead Lake. The next fabulous house was just picture worthy. This couple was very welcoming and we drove out to a nice restaurant for dinner. The last two pictures are the view from the lake side of their house and the other side, respectively.