It's hard to believe this is the last day of the regular cross-country ride, part 2. I left Mandan, ND, on September 1st and at about 2pm this afternoon rode into Bar Harbor, ME. It's been a great experience, and a great ending — more on that later.
One of the first sights on today's ride was the bridge over the Penobscot River. I wish I'd had the time to go up in the observation tower, but an afternoon deadline in Bar Harbor required I press on. Here's the bridge, which I rode across just a few minutes after taking the photo.
Several parts of the ride within Maine have been along U.S. Bike Route 1. It's the route that runs from Maine to Florida. Here's the sign designating the route.
I had to take a photo of the sign for one of the towns along the way today. This is in honor of Todd Ellsworth, one of the people who rode with me from Fairhaven to Newhalem on day one of the 2015 journey.
My apologies to David Fayram, Sarah Benn, Cathy Campbell, and John Bolton, who also rode with me to Newhalem on that first day. I just couldn't find towns along the way with your names.
It was cooler today than yesterday but still a great day for a ride. I rode again without music, musing about the ride mostly, and thinking about what comes next, besides a drive home with some sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives on the way. There were no dogs and no falls.
The traditional ending of a ride to Bar Harbor is at the city pier. So, here I am at the city pier.
You'll notice that I'm wearing my Boundary Bay jersey. My friend Jerry DeBacker suggested that I needed a yellow jersey for the finish and this was the yellow jersey I had along. Plus, it's one of my favorite jerseys. I really could have used a Scotch Ale from BB at that point.
Having ridden across the entire country I figured that I wouldn't need this anymore.
Just kidding. I'll actually need it to ride around Acadia National Park over the next few days.
Not having Boundary Bay's Scotch Ale close at hand, we stopped into Bar Harbor Beer Works for a bowl of clam chowder and a pint of Bar Harbor Real Ale.
We went to Sherman's Bookstore to meet with owner Jeff Curtis and Binc board member Annie Philbrick. When we walked into the bookstore we were greeted with this display.
Jeff and Maria have an apartment above the bookstore where we went for a prosecco toast and some great conversation.
I should mention that the fifth individual in the photo is Sherman, a very sweet Samoyed.
Today is Dee's birthday and Jeff presented her with the official state treat, the Whoopie Pie.
After our celebration we went to dinner with Jeff, his wife Maria, their daughter Gabriella, and Annie Philbrick at a great restaurant called Galyn's.
Now for a few days of relaxation, some less intense rides, and sight seeing in an extremely beautiful part of the country.
Ride Day Thirty-Four by the numbers:
55.1 — miles ridden
1886.4 — feet in elevation gain
5519 — calories burned
6 — fall-free days in a row
0 — dogs