Friday, October 10, 2014

DAY 66--The Penultimate Day

Had a cloudy morning, a sunny afternoon, and wind all day, with lots of leaves raining down on us. We had more fun and games with the maps and the twisting roads. Had our usual stop for muffins & whoopie pie. Stopped at the Camden Library, which is housed in an elegant recently renovated building, complete with chandeliers. The library had on display a collection of hand-embroidered tapestries made by the Kazakh nomadic women of Western Mongolia. Camden was the hometown to one of Lonna's favorite authors, Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Rode through more awesome hills, and got our first good view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Saw many homes that looked like they had been added onto multiple times, but we found out this was a style called a connected farm. These homes include the big house, the little house, the back house, and the barn, all connected so that one could carry out farm work while remaining sheltered from the weather, particularly in winter.
My bike had been making some awful noises since the Duck Puddle Campground, especially when I was cranking hard up the hills. We finally stopped at a bike shop where he lubed my chain and gave my bike a good talking to. Things have been much better ever since.
After riding over a beautiful bridge into Bucksport, we met up with Steve and got a ride to Winterport, where we stayed with Warm Showers hosts Marsha and Brian Robertson. They live in a connected farm-style home which has been converted to separate apartments. We slept in the "barn". They provided us with a fabulous meal of garlic chicken, peas, potatoes, salad, and apple crisp. They had recently toured the Northern Tier route from Maine to Washington on a tandem, so we had a lot to talk about. What better way to prepare for The Ultimate Day!

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