Monday, August 5, 2013

If today is MONDAY, this MUST be MAINE!

Today was a gorgeous day for a bicycle ride....65 degrees
and sunny as the group set out at 9:30 AM and 75 as a high
this afternoon with no humidity. Glenn is hoping for a repeat tomorrow!

Glenn, Craig and Kevin set out from Odiorne State Park in
New Hampshire and had an incredibly scenic ride up the coast with
stops in Portsmouth, NH,  Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine and 
Oqunquit, Maine.  The bridge from Portsmouth to Maine will reopen 
this Thursday so we were just a few days early for bike 
travel across the river.   Deb Buckley and I provided 
shuttle service across the Rte.95 bridge so that the riders
could continue on their course. 

Glenn really enjoyed having "locals" lead him up the coast...No need for 
cue sheets and GPS on this leg. Thanks to Craig and Kevin!  Deb and I met up 
with them several times during the day.  It was a great day for all!

We arrived at our hotel in Kennebunk, ME at 1:40, an early day by
Glenn's standards.  That gave us time to explore the area and relax.

The stats are in for today:
2:51:47 of riding time
41.19 miles
2171 calories burned
1982' ascent despite the fact that it is fairly flat!

Deb (showing her support with her ICICIC t-shirt!), Craig, Kevin and Glenn
Ready to take off from Odiorne State Park.

Just after I snapped this photo, Glenn realized that he had a problem with
his bike.....he couldn't go more than 9 miles per hour!  He wondered if
it was his energy level or if he did something irreparable to his bike.
When he stopped to check it, he realized that the rear brake pad was
rubbing against the wheel.  Once he adjusted it, all was well!

There were many East Coast Greenway signs along this route.   

A stop for a photo op at the beach along the Maine coast near York.
There were actually people in the water which we hear can be
62 degrees at this time of the year!

These next four photos are what I like to call "drive by shootings".
When the traffic slows to a standstill, there is always a photo to be taken!

This is the view near the Nubble Lighthouse in York, ME.
The rocky Maine shoreline is beautiful and very different
from the Jersey Shore of our youth.

  In 1874 Congress appropriated $15,000 to build a light station at the "Nubble"
and in 1879 construction began. Cape Neddick Light Station, known as the Nubble,
 was dedicated by the 
U.S. Lighthouse Service 
and put into use in 1879.
It is still in use today but is inaccessible to the public. 

The rocky Maine coastline provides much fun for those
who enjoy climbing around on them. We can't wait for our
grandsons to arrive to experience this!

Snack stop at the Lighthouse!

Crossing the bridge from Kennebunk where we are staying
to Kennebunkport, the summer home of Bush family of presidential fame.
  Cute shops and restaurants line the streets.

The Bush compound...just a little summer cottage on the
Maine coast!  We hoped for a dinner invitation but none arrived.

This is just a taste of what we hope to see as our journey up the
Maine coast continues.

As always, on days like this one, our thoughts go to our nephew, Ian.
We began this incredible journey in his memory and to
raise funds for I Care I Cure.  Every mile is dedicated to him.

Thank you for the many generous donations that we have received thus far!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments are welcome! Cheer us on!