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North America » United States » Maine » Eastport July 27th 2013

27 July, 2013 It started raining Thursday night and rained all night Thursday, all day Friday and all of Friday night. But this morning was sunny and bright. Clouds moved in and out all day, but by late afternoon, most of the clouds were gone. Due to Friday’s rain, we mostly sat indoors, except when we went to the Walmart in Ellsworth to stock up on groceries. Friday morning I paid bills and took care of that chore. Friday night’s rains were more of the drizzly sort, but the trees would become loaded with rain and then the water would blow out of them onto the roof. It sounded like out-of-sync rain. Today we followed US 1 north, which up here is called the Coastal Highway. I guess it hasn’t been the Dixie Highway for many, ... read more
Our rig
The dock
same dock

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor July 25th 2013

25 July, 2013 Tuesday morning we left Plymouth and drove north on Hwy 25 until it turned into I-495. We then enjoyed the relatively light traffic on I-495 as it bowed west of Boston and we followed it until it ended at I-95, not far from the New Hampshire State Line. The morning started out muggy-hot and overcast, but it turned to rain before too long. We slogged through rain mixed with fog with poor visibility at times. But as I said, the traffic was fairly light and no one was driving crazy. In New Hampshire and Maine I-95 is a toll road, but the toll was not expensive, even pulling a trailer. The weather cleared by late afternoon and we stopped for the night in Poland Spring, Maine, at a very pretty campground. We did ... read more
From Cadillac Mountain
from Cadillac Mountain
also from the top of Cadillac Mountain

North America » United States » Maine » Ellsworth July 9th 2013

"Give me reasons to believe That you would do the same for me" We had to backtrack a couple of miles to get some blood pressure medication for Jan, then with bass drum thumping and Philip Phillips slashing his guitar we were Gone, Gone, Gone to Maine. We deliberately took a slight detour to take the road through Smugglers Notch and Stowe which Men's Journal had just listed as one of the 20 most thrilling rides in America. It was beautiful, but totally devoid of thrills. I should re-write their article from my own experiences (driving over 17 miles coming down from King's Canyon without once touching the gas is one I might list, or the one lane road along the ridgeline in Grand Staircase-Escalante, or the road BEYOND Hana, or the West Maui Mountain road ... read more
Stream near Smugglers Notch
The three beauties
Trapp Family Lodge

North America » United States » Maine » Millinocket June 19th 2013

I hear Phil stopped by at 7:30 to congratulate me but I was still sleeping. I did not get out of my bag until 10:30. I had the keen-to for 2 nights so I had it in my head I could take a day in the park to revive and refresh. As I took a moment and considered this option I could feel the hard work of the day before. I had hiked to the point of muscle failure and now I fell stiff. I have been down this road a time or two and I know that the next 3 days will suck to be me. Knowing that my only hope is to keep moving. Moving and Aleve! By 11:00 I start South Bound on the Appalachian Trail or on the trail known as a ... read more
Cold Stream

North America » United States » Maine » Millinocket June 18th 2013

Baxter State Park at 7:30 meaning I was asked to leave my sleeping bag at 4:30... I had forgotten that 4:30 comes 2 times a day and this one kind of sucked but I was also so ready to get this show on the road. We stopped in Millonecket the largest town on the way to Baxter. I was instructed to purchase 2 extra ramon noodles and some pop tarts. For $125 Phil picked me up in Bangor, put me up for one night, imparted as much wisdom he could (he has through hiked the AT 3 times), and carted my ass to Baxter State Park and had me at the gate at 7:00 AM when they opened. The country looks rugged and familiar. My first trip to Maine and yet this could have easily been ... read more
Abol Down
Katahdin

North America » United States » Maine » Millinocket June 17th 2013

Made 54 Hours on the Bus to Bangor. I can't say that air travel is better only faster and God willing I have more time than money. Phil from 100 Mile Wilderness Outfitters picked me up and brought me to his cabin in Springer. No running water, and a fancy out house with cushioned toilet seat that makes a very distinct bodily function noise appropriate for the visit. The cabin has 2 big porches on the east and west sides with rustic looking chairs comfortable for watching the sun beginning or ending it's daily journey. The well is finished except for the pump, so no showers. The upstairs loft is missing railing but has 2 spaces that I imagine sleeping or storage. The master bed room has a french style door facing the west and open ... read more


NO GO: BOSTON AND NEW YORK CITY. TIME TO REGROUP. CHANGE OF PLANS. Today was good and bad. Starting with the good: First, en route to Portland, Maine from Camden, riding through Damariscotta, Maine where author Stephen King wrote many of his thrillers (perhaps I should have stopped and blogged here, though they would be considerably darker). Second: stopping in Wiscasset, Maine at a little shack after the second long bridge right by the river called Red's Eats for the top-billed "Best Lobster Rolls" in Maine, waiting in a lineup of 20 people for half an hour before getting to the window, ordering 2 lobster rolls for lunch, and being asked for $37.49. These better be damn good, I mean, we could have had 42 cans of Ensure for the same price. Truly, they were good, ... read more
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North America » United States » Maine » Camden June 3rd 2013

It is Sunday morning and we have just ridden our bikes back into the centre of Bar Harbor from the not-downtown hotel. We wanted to take advantage of the sites without the crowds. The town is empty even though the Veendam cruise ship is anchored in the bay and tendering passengers back and forth. We walked around the town for an hour, took some photos, and made plans to spend the day driving around neighbouring Acadia Park on Desert Island. The rich and famous live here in massive, manicured to the hilt estates. Opulence, wealth, affluence, you get it. The Jone's outdoing the Jone's. There's no shortage of pleasurecraft anchored with both bow and stern lines, it reminded us of Avalon Bay at Catalina Island. We rode past spectacular beautiful scenic bays one after the other ... read more
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North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor June 2nd 2013

Waaaaaaa. It's tooooooo hhhhhhhhhhhhoooooottttttttttttttt ...... (I did NOT, I repeat, did NOT say that out loud). BUT 34 degrees C at 10:00 o'clock this morning with increasing humidity as the day went on. Maine! Land of lobsterpounds, la-la, and no helmet laws. The border crossing at Saint Stephen, NB into Maine was on a bridge over the Saint Croix River. My US border agent clearly didn't attend the same charm school as my interrogator at the Soo, and we entered the US very seriously indeed. In front of us in the 3 car lineup was a large Harley, with two riders dressed in muscle shirts and small helmets ready to be ripped off once across the line. Welcome to the norm in this state. Only the gringos wear jackets, boots and gloves, and they're also the ... read more
Cooling off
Still cooling off
Addressing the thirst

North America » United States » Maine » Monhegan Island April 15th 2013

Since Monhegan is the only place I've been lately, I can add a few pics here.... read more
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