Yesterday’s change in the weather ushered in cool overnight air from Belfast Bay. I slept soundly. At 6:30 am we awoke and checked the weather forecast. It called for about a 40% chance of rain throughout the day. Our friends invited us to stay with them today in Belfast, but we wanted to head to Bar Harbor to finish our trip.
At 7 am we headed out, crossing Belfast Bay on a pedestrian bridge under cool, cloudy skies. We rode on US Hwy 1 to Searsport for breakfast, then we pedaled to Stockton Springs- oftentimes in light rain. Just before Bucksport, we crossed the Penobscot River on a beautiful cable-stayed bridge. Steel cables suspended from tall concrete towers supported the deck of the bridge. Onwards we biked on US1, past East Orland to Ellsworth: a busy tourist town. We ate lunch next to the Union River, then we rode a half mile to the LL Bean outlet store. Betsy bought a pair of shorts and I got a dress shirt.
We left US1 and rode on Hwy 3 to Trenton. Just before the Mt. Desert Narrows bridge, I got my second flat in two days. As Betsy and I were changing the tube, the owner of the adjacent motel came out and helped us get the last bit of tire casing over the wheel rim. Then he used his air compressor to inflate the tire to 90 psi. How great was that?! On Mt. Desert Island, we rode on busy Hwy 3 for 10 miles to the pier in Bar Harbor. We completed our 4,184-mile long coast-to-coast cycling adventure!! After pictures (see photo), we picked up a box of hiking gear at the post office, bought food, and biked a mile to a Day’s Inn. We celebrated by drinking a beer and eating carrots and hummus dip. Isn’t that how everyone celebrates? Tomorrow we go sightseeing!
07/24/19 - Belfast, ME to Bar Harbor, ME: 58 miles