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Old 08-22-06, 07:35 PM   #1
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Bike trips

every year I have to create a new bike trip for us to do in New England. We have ridden around the lower half of Lake Champlain, last year we just bounced around NH for a few days.

This year we got dropped off at Acadia. We took back roads to Bucksport and spent the night there. While there are many good places to stay and eat in the Bar Harbor area (esp. the Jordan Pond Tea House) the Best Western in Bucksport is perhaps as
good as it gets in Bucksport. At least there is a restaurant directly across from their
front door. We took the back roads and went through Blue Hill. which is a nice little town.

The next day we went to Camden by a long (nearly 60 miles) inland loop. Camden is one of my favorite spots for bike touring. We always stay at the Cedar Crest, and I always take a day off the bike there. The problem is that getting in and out of town is a pain in the butarkus. From the North you have Rte 1, 52, or
some sort of loop that attmepts unsuccessfully to dodge the traffic.... I simply won't do Rte 1, near Camden there is a stretch with no shoulder at all. Rte 52 is even worse, hard as that might be to believe. So this year we took a detour, we went through Brook Maine, if you are looking at the map. That area has some mile long hills; which I found quite challenging.

We had a pleasant, if short, stay in Camden, and then headed to the Augusta area. Rte 17 runs almost straight from Augusta to Camden. It gave me a way to stay off Rte 1. On other years I have taken coastal or inland roads and managed to avoid Rte 1 most of the time. That allows for lunch at Moodys.... We stayed at
the superb Maple Farm Inn in Halowell. The road wasn't much, but the accomadations were very nice and the hot tub was especially nice. Oh, and the breakfast was great, as was the matress, the quiet, the snacks waiting when you show up, well... you get the idea.

From there we followed the river down to Bailey's Island. Or at least we were supposed to. My knee started acting up and I had to quit.

But for all the problems, I enjoyed it. Tons of scenic roads, a ferry ride at the end, mostly nice accomadations. I plan on fiddling with the itinerary over the winter to try and make it a little better.
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