Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 12 - Bar Harbor, ME to Portland, ME

Yes. It is getting long in time and I tend to be verbose. You might be getting bored with the Maine excursion, but I'm darn well gonna put it down before my dotage takes hold and I completely forget it all. So on to day 12?  (July 24th)

Last night, we talked a lot about the journey towards home, even though we had planned to stay another night in Bar Harbor, we decided to cut it short and head out today. I just wasn't impressed enough with the area to stay. Not when we could start moving, and maybe spend one last evening with our Portland friends.

The riding gear dried overnight. Thanks to the old fashioned heat lamp/fan in the bathroom. We did get up a few times in the night to monitor progress and change variables, like opening the door a crack to let some humidity out, but it all worked out well.

Oilburner took our stash to the Post Office while I tried to get everything packed up and cleaned. An horrible experience at the Post Office convinced us we were making a good decision to head out. It was quick work loading up the bikes and getting under way.

We were determined to see the Loop Road in Acadia. We found it on the map last night. What had thrown me off yesterday was the lack of clear signage. All signs leading in have arrows pointing towards the Loop Road. But no sign saying "This is the Loop Road". It only read "One Way". Go figure.

No matter. Now we know where to go and have a great time. The drawback today is the weather pattern coming in. A chilly, wet fog is rolling in from the ocean, covering the islands. By itself this was gorgeous; lending an atmosphere of mystery. I loved it. It did hamper overall sightseeing of the waters and islands.

We didn't mind. Word of warning to learn from us. Acadia is not a place for motorcycle touring. It is for hiking, walking, bicycle riding. Its beauty is in the 45 miles of carriage roads and 125 miles of hiking trails. Do not just go and drive through the place and think you know it. Take some time and hit some trails. I would love to go back to explore the trails along the beautiful, rocky shore.

We also vowed to get to Lands End. Unfortunately, we couldn't live out Riepe's recommendation of a bottle of wine at sunset. I'll bet it is spectacular. The fourth best thing of seeing and enjoying it for a few minutes. I would say the first would be living on the house on the island, second wine and sunset, and third to be in a kayak.

The road out to Lands End is phenomenal. Full of ups and downs and twists and turns. So fun! We even had to cross this strange bridge to Bailey Island, called a cribstone design. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and said to be the only one in the world.
 We zig around the lanes just following the GPS. The roads are clear and we are popping in and out of showers on our way south. Rather annoying that just when we decided to put rain gear on it would clear up. And just after we took it off the drizzle started in just down the road. All's well though.

Since we were passing back through Camden we were hoping to go up Mount Battie. Unfortunately the thunder/lightning storms kicked back in and the mountain was closed.

We stopped for fuel, and to once again, don our rain gear, and spotted an x-rated machine. I didn't photograph the clutch and brake levers.

We stopped for bridge pictures after crossing this magnificent structure.

The rest of the afternoon was uneventful, riding between storms, to arrive in Portland and check into a Best Western near Mike and BRW. The ride was uneventful, but certainly memorable as the half clear skies produced the brightest, strongest rainbow. No easy way to stop. So that one will live in my minds eye and you will have to imagine it.

Once again Mike and BRW are wonderful and come pick us up to enjoy Grace. As Mike, from Scooter for Fun, wrote about it much more eloquently than I, I will not repeat.  The evening was over too quickly and it was heart wrenching to say good-bye to such good friends.

More images can be seen on Flickr here.

Mike and BRW are great. And us with our frizzy helmet hair. :)


  1. Fun. I am glad you are having a chance to finish up more of your ride report.

    I love seeing all of the pictures from back east. In the US, I've never been East of Chicago.

    Thanks for sharing all of the great pictures Lori.

    1. Hi Trobairitz,

      Thanks for continuing on with reading this report. I wondered if people were getting tired of it. :) And I completely lost the feel of vacation when work hit me upside the head with a two by four. I was just too tired to sit and remember the sights and smells and feel. Gotta do it though. Want to be able to remember it sometime.

      I find it strange that Richard seems to have been everywhere. Oilburner says we've been many places too. But when I start calling off the list (like Chicago), it seems I haven't been anywhere! So there is hope that you will make it to New England too. ;)

  2. I was beginnig to think that I wuold be half way around the south Island for the third time before you finished this...

    If you ever do a one year will keep us entertainmed until we are least retired!

    All said and done nice ride report.

    1. Hi Rog,

      Yeah, I was afraid of that too. ;). Bear with me...only a couple days left. You wouldn't think much could have happened in the last couple days. But there is so much that can happen. I'll finish it right quick.

  3. You fool me every time you mention Portland. I still haven't digested that there is another city with the same name at another coast ;-)

    Nicely captured the mystic atmosphere of a foggy coast. It is both scary and beautiful in its way and I can see why Stephen King can come up with the the kind of stories he tells...

    1. Hi Sonja,

      I know, I have to catch myself since I am more accustomed to the Maine version of the city than the Oregon version. Always have to be clear.

      So would it really turn you around to know there is also a Portland in Tennessee, Texas, and Indiana? ;)

      I did love seeing the coast in the fog. You are correct, it has such an allure. I'd be a little afraid of knowing how Mr. King came up with some of his stories. I might never be able to walk a rocky coastline again!! Hehe

  4. Beautiful scenes. Not getting tired of it at all.
    The Oregon Coast has a tendency to fog over all the scenery too. The mistiness sure can add to the atmosphere.

    I have to say I would love cycling and kayaking there as well. What a great trip! The scenery is just awesome!