Hello, everyone! I’m finally taking one of our last break days to try and catch up. We spent last night in Brunswick, Maine, just north of Portland, with a wonderful couple and their kiddos. Today is a break and a wait for Metti to arrive, then we’ll be heading north tomorrow to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park! Thank you, everyone, for all the positive words after our success in riding coast to coast! I miss everyone and am excited to get back home at the end of this amazing journey.
Day 92 – Blue Mountain Lake to Newcomb – 42.1 mi – Friday, August 28, 2015
We woke up to sun, a slight chill and the sound of some kind of noisy bird all over the forest. We could see them, but I never figured out what they were. I’ll have to go over my bird sounds mp3s. Jeremy was up first and I joined him on the footbridge to look out over the pond while we soaked up the sun. Once Devin was up, we packed all our things and made the hike back out of the forest. Long story short, we were not attacked by bears. The hike out was pleasant.
In town, we stopped at the convenience store to get breakfast and coffee. We talked to a couple bikers (motorcyclists) with BMW bikes who had all sorts of questions about our trip. I have to say I really like the pseudo-camaraderie between bikers and cyclists.
We also noted an unusually large number of cyclists out for a ride on a Friday morning. As we got riding, we found out we were overlapping with part of the Cycle Adirondacks week-long ride. We chatted with a few people but separated from them within ten miles.
We rode up and over the first big pass of the east and descended into the rolling hills of the Adirondacks, riding along several lakeshore towns. An interesting thing I’ve noticed is that you can hit a town line miles and miles before you get to where the people live. When we made it to Newcomb, we rode for a ways to get through town.
I had high hopes of finding my camera charger in Newcomb, but it hadn’t arrived at the post office. The office was right next to Lake Harris state park and campground, so we decided to stop early so we could check the post office the next day.
The campground was pretty and packed with people. We looked for a lakeshore site but figured out we were better off at a different site. We went for a swim then biked into town for a pizza. After that, Devin headed back to the site, and Jeremy and I had a couple beers, then we biked back to the site and called it a night.
A truly primitive campsite.
Pond footbridge. Don’t fall off!
The end of the hike out. It was tough.
Cycle ADK had these bear signs all over.
Fitting, as the rest of this town seemed to be owned by one business.