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See if you could talk Michelle into getting a second job maybe as a landscaper or a lawn care professional for the summer 😛
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Gotta stop this thread hijack.

Ken, more details on your ride, when you going?

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Gotta stop this thread hijack.

Ken, more details on your ride, when you going?

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Probably late September. Have a few tentative places to stay, but not booking in advance to keep it flexible. Going to stay along the coast and hit Lubec then head into the north woods and head west.

I’ve logged about 800 miles in the past 3 weeks, and I’d say I’m back to 100% for comfort in the saddle.
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Mike and I took a road trip to coastal Maine a few (14?) years ago.

I was quite disappointed by Route 1. Didn't expect it to be so thoroughly commercialized, nor controlled for miles by stoplights. It wasn't a cruise, it was a crawl.

The best piece of coastal riding we did in those few days was going out to the Marshall Point lighthouse, which is on one of those "fingers" you spoke of. It got us away from the touristy development. Felt like we'd finally seen where Mainers might live, as opposed to where they worked. (I'd recommend that lighthouse to you, by the way. You can ride right up to it, and there's a nice little museum in the converted keepers' house.)

Maybe Route 1 gets better north of Camden, but that's as far up as we went.

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The farther north you go in Maine the better it gets. Below Freeport on RT 1 it is not fun. This is first summer in awhile I'm not doing a run to PEI or Cape Breton in NS. Back problems, riding is Ok but if I ever dropped the Wing I'd never get it up!
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Rockland to Searsport on Rt 1 is the closest that road will get to the coast. Its a 35 mile run but you'll still be away from the coast until you hit a village like Rockport. Great little towns to stop and explore for breakfast, lunch or dinner stops. I guess having been born there I take it for granted that everyone knows Maine's coastline is the most irregular of any state and most of the coastal roads are narrow winding and out and back, not through roads. I've bicycled probably 1600 miles of the state or more and half the coastal area and half inland. Even on a bicycle the best coastal road I found was along the coast of Kennebunkport which rolls past President Bush's compound at Walker's Point. Wouldn't go through there on the weekend though. So roads to villages such as Boothbar Harbor, the road from Kittery to the point along the tidal river out to the fort is cool. Five Islands Lobster Co on the point Georgetown, Me is highly recommended (check website for hours, open Sat/Sun after Labor Day. Camden is one of the larger "villages" along the coast that's not down a long point. The most quaint towns seem to have anchorages for sail and powerboats where sailors anchor and row in on their dingy to get supplies or meals, Rockport is also like that, Harraseeket just off Freeport and many more. Route 1 goes through Wiscasset which is a traffic nightmare as there is a famous lobster stop ( I think its Red's) right on Rt 1 at the bridge leaving town headed north which causes huge weekend traffic backups. I know this is pretty random but so is the coast. The Portland seaport (Commercial St) you need to park and walk to visit the waterfront, see the lobster boats with their catch coming in (if they haven't been run off by developement) There's a lot of yachts that tie up their on their summer coastal trips.
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