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Bikes and Boats in Maine

July 20th, 2007

We went to Maine to visit with family and took the mountain bikes with us. We weren’t too sure what sort of riding we would find, but we stumbled on to Southern Maine’s mountain biking mecca. We also took a boat tour to see puffins nesting off the coast.

  • They don't make them like this anymore. But they should.

The trip started out with a few days of intermittent rain and family visits. We didn’t take any pictures of the family gatherings, but took a few on a tour looking for puffins off the coast. Puffins were hunted out of existence on many coastal islands. A few decades ago, scientists re-introduced puffins to some historical nesting grounds. They are now thriving in a few places. We sailed from Port Clyde, a classic Maine fishing village, on a classic foggy morning. Port Clyde is also the home to the Marshall Point lighthouse, which made a brief, but important, appearance in the move Forest Gump. The day of the tour started foggy, but quickly warmed as the fog burned off. The trip was fun, with entertaining commentary from the guide, and a good view of puffins. We saw several, but only got one good puffin photo. Check out the gallery.

  • And he makes it across!
For mountain biking, we had an old guide book that suggested a couple of trails at Bradbury Mountain State Park. What we found was more than 20 miles of terrific single track. We were staying only a short distance from the park, so we were able to ride there over 3 days. We had a blast. Unlike the state parks in California, this state park has embraced mountain biking. It looks like new trails are being added every year and the ranger went out of his way to ensure we had a current trail map. The trails were mostly intermediate; narrow with a fair number of rocks and roots. This is very different from riding at home, so it was a fun challenge. On the other hand, the park, in spite of its name, isn’t very hilly, so there were no long climbs like we often ride. We only had one crash that resulted in a scraped and bruised knee. After our recent trip to the northwest, it was good to have a trip with no big crashes.

The galleries have been divided into the puffin tour and the mountain biking. Click on the photos above to see them.

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