Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ride Across the USA: 8/17/10, Tues -- Durham to Waldoboro, ME -- 46 mi/ 3619 total

Meet Mark Wheeler, drawing us a map for directions. What a nice guy and gave us a lot of interesting information on the area.

There was heavy fog in a.m. so waited to lift. Due to traffic and no shoulder, we had J and H drop us on the edge of Brunswick. We were not on the AC route until we could figure out where we were and it was kind of fun negotiating through with the traffic. Stopped at the edge of Bath to confer on which roads to watch for, heard a bell and met 72 yr old Mark Wheeler, a fellow biker. Super guy, gave us a private escort through Bath, along with a history lesson, across the Kennebec River bridge and through Woolwich. Did you know Bath is the oldest ship-building village in the state and now builds destroyers for the government, employing about 4500 people? He also works p/t at a bike shop. We declined his offer for lunch and on we went. We turned tourist at Wiscasset, stopped at the pier and lunched on crab rolls. Yum! Decided to stay on hwy 1 for less drastic hills and good road. Duck Puddle CG was off-route and about 50 yd from entrance, K broke shifting cable. We set up camp, called Mark's bike shop way back in Woolwich, threw the bike on back of van and headed out. They closed at 5:30 and we just made it -- cost $14.40 for the repair. What a deal! Stopped and did a little Christmas shopping along the way back. Ate out and it felt good not to hurry to CG and get something to eat and clean up. Was 9:30 by time we had showers, etc.

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