Planning the summer trip
It gets hard doing something new every year. Especially since I wanted to start at home and finish the same way.
I came up with one trip... we get dropped off in Bethel, take a couple days getting to Augusta, then down to Brunswick and have a day off in Brunswick.
It feels awkward, and we did the Augusta to Brunswick leg a couple years ago.
I also don't feel entirely comfortable with the idea of riding a day on Rte 2.
So then I looked at riding up to Bethel. But then where do we go? I don't want to spend 5 or 6 days riding before we take a break.
We could go from here to Augusta in a day. It would make for a long day, but we could do it. From there we could go to Camden. Camden is a perfect place to take a day off. It's scenic, good restaurants, a really nice upscale supermarket
where you can buy good fruit and cheese (and wine). There is also shopping, boat tours, a bit of hiking, a nice bike shop... you get the idea. I like the place.
We could do about 40 miles and stay at a nice B&B, and then ride down to Bailey Island. There is an old Fifties style inn on the island. The beds stink, the foods great, nothing matches. But there are rockers on the porch and the view can't be beat. We like it. And there is a ferry that goes back to Portland which is a pleasant way to end an trip.
Of course, we've done variations of that trip 4 or 5 times.
I'll think of something.