September 4 through September 5
Belfast, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine
Total miles: 4,693
Northern Tier (coast to coast) Data: 4,533 miles; 79 days riding; 9 days off (two for medical reasons)
We rode into Bar Harbor on Monday afternoon, September 5th. Each day we routinely go through a discussion about directions as we conclude our day that involves locating the particular camping spot for the evening. Sallie usually has the information about our campground and I have the daily maps and routes, so it becomes a collaborative effort to get us to our final stop for the day.
This time was different.
The maps take us right to the wharf where the ride officially ends and as we wound our way into Bar Harbor I was headed directly for our end point at the water’s edge. There was a moment when Sallie became confused and started asking about why we were not going to our hotel. I responded, “If you want to do ‘high-fives’ in the parking lot of some hotel maybe we can find a someone to take our picture, but I have another idea.” On to the water’s edge we went.
We stopped for lunch on Monday in Ellsworth, Maine at the Flexit Cafe & Bakery. As we were looking over the menu and waiting in line to place our order, a gentleman was wrapping silverware in napkins and asked us about our cycling. Once he heard about our adventure, he wrote our order down saying one of the cash registers was out of order. This was a ruse. He was actually Paul Markosian, the owner of the restaurant and he was buying our lunch in celebration of our soon-to-be accomplishment.
A few folks are beginning to ask about future ride plans. Although it is way too early to have anything definitive, I’ve been hinting at a European journey for some time. As luck would have it, we met these two cyclists (below) in Conway, New Hampshire.
Meet Hermann and Christiane. They are from Germany and were riding from Niagara to Portland, Maine. They were very encouraging about a ride in Germany and promised to send some information our way to help us determine if that is something we’d like to do. Bucket list that? Maybe…
I’ll have another post or two as a wrap-up to this trip, but my time has been consumed by cleaning and packing bikes and gear along with getting all the preparations completed to fly back to Florida. In the meantime, thank you for following and check back soon for final thoughts.