During Spring 2015, a group of friends and I will be touring the entire east coast from Key West, Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine, approximately 2,500 miles in total, following the Atlantic Coast route created by the Adventure Cycling Association. This will be a self contained fully loaded bike tour which means I'll be carrying around 45 lbs. or so. I'm looking forward to experiencing the east coast like never before. With this blog, I plan to post pictures as we progress using the BlogPress APP on my mobile phone. Let's see how it goes and wish me luck. On a bike tour such as this, our daily challenges and not necessarily in this order, will be our physical condition, food, shelter, traffic, navigation, and weather. The above picture was taken during my Southern Tier crossing of the U.S. in spring of 2008. Bike touring requires a specific mind set and a passion.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Bar Harbor View

Bar Harbor

Good day to be indoors as the latest storm front passes over Bar Harbor. What great timing; lucky for us and for Arthur who has made this journey with us. Can't remember where I found him but sometime a month back or so. The rain should be done by mid-afternoon. Good day to just relax. Hope you all enjoyed the picture show. Cheers!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bucksport to Bar Harbor

Our last day of riding, Bucksport to Bar Harbor at 47 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing, which I completed with mix feelings. I'm happy to be done with riding but it's sad to end a great journey with friends. We have been very lucky on this tour in regards to weather, practically no rain other than light droplets. This journey been so much more than what my picture could ever convey, truly an experience of a lifetime on par with any prior tour and a joy to do. Thanks everyone for making this tour great, I shall treasure the camaraderie and experiences of this journey.

Time to roll

Blueberry fields

Bill knows how to take a break

Rolling in the dandelions

Heading toward Bar Harbor

At the Bar Harbor Pier, the end of the tour.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Waldoboro to Bucksport

Today's ride to Bucksport, about 59 miles with 3,500 feet of gain, took us through quaint coastal town like Rockport, Camden and Belfast. It was another hard day with lots of steep climbs, but we are nearing the end, with tomorrow being the last ride day, so it's easier to manage. Looking forward to some real rest and recuperation time in Bar Harbor.

Climbing can be hard mentally as well.

Cool Paint Job


On the road


Bridge to Bucksport

Our Lady of the Birch, celebrating our near completion

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Freeport to Waldoboro

A cool day riding to Waldoboro, about 52 miles with 3,500 feet of gain, under dark cloudy skies with a change for rain which never came. Lucky for us! Lots of steep rollers today riding through the countryside away from the coast. Highlights for the day include our breakfast at the Village Inn (in Freeport) where the owner kept us intrigued and entertained, the Saturday open air market we happened upon near Brunwick, and the lobster roll from the hugely popular Red's Eats in Wiscasset. We hear about Red's Eats while in Freeport. It was gooood!