Transition : Biking to Hiking the AT


After Betsy and I finished our bike trip, we did some sightseeing and took care of tasks. We rode our bikes for about 20 miles on the Acadia National Park Loop Road. We would have ridden more but my bike acted funny going downhill. We also rode the free Park Shuttle Bus along several routes. Given the massive number of tourists and their cars, the shuttle bus is the only way to go. One of the featured spots, Sand Beach, attracts lots of people to its sand beach and 55-degree water (see photo).  In the task department, we took our bikes to a bike shop to be boxed and shipped home. We also mailed our extra gear and clothing home. On Friday, we took a bus to Bangor and then another bus to Portland. We rented a car and had lunch with my cousin, Bill. After lunch we drove to Vivian and Jim’s home in Cape Elizabeth.

Vivian rescued me from the AT (Appalachian Trail) in 2017. Our hosts treated us to a marvelous meal and put us up for the night. On Saturday morning, Betsy and I got up at 6am to pack and eat breakfast. After breakfast, we drove to Grafton Notch, Maine, where I resume my Appalachian Trail hike. I plan on finishing the AT in 23 days. After that, I’ll take a bus to Boston to see Riley and Sam, before flying home.

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