93 days in 15 minutes
Days 90-93: Lubec, ME back home to Florida
Days 87-89: Orland, ME to New Brunswick, Canada!
Days 83-86: South Portland to Orland, ME
Days 80-82: Portsmouth, NH to Portland, ME
Days 75 – 79: Rest and Boston, MA to Portsmouth, NH
Days 72-74: North Dartmouth to Boston, MA
Days 69 – 71: Windsor Locks, CT to North Dartmouth, MA
Days 66 – 68: Stamford to Windsor Locks, CT
Days 63 – 65: Princeton, NJ to Stamford, CT
Day two with my wife and we are going to take a scenic drive up the coast and stay right outside of Acadia National Park.
But first, I am going to use the morning to get some miles in on my bicycle. We planned to meet up in Brunswick, Maine.
I, of course, woke up bright and early to get first dibs on breakfast and then got my bike put together ready to take off around 8am.
As I was waiting for that start time, I was checking out miles and timing for Clarissa to get to Boston on Sunday. I had a total biker brain moment.
My mind was blown and I was so surprised that Google thought it would only take 2 hours and 15 minutes to drive 122 miles! How in the world can we get 122 miles in just over 2 hours?!
Oh right, cars can go 60+ mph… Whoops! We had a good laugh at that. It’s been a while since I’ve driven or looked up driving directions!
8am rolled around and I was off! I circled the downtown Portland area and picked up the East Coast Greenway route on the Eastern Promenade Trail that hugged the Casco Bay.
From there I darted north, taking small detours every now and then to get a good view.
We decided to meet before Brunswick at a brewery – Maine Brewing.
I was about 2 miles away when I sideswiped a big rock with my back tire. I heard a thud and cringed at the sound of it. My bike is a beast though, she’ll be fine…
A couple seconds later I’m riding on my rim. My back tire is completely flat.
Nooo! I was hoping to go the entire trip without a flat tire! I made it over 3300 miles though without a flat so I’d say that’s pretty good!
Called up my wife and told her the sad news and she drove over to make sure it was documented..
Finally getting some weight out of my bags! I had 3 extra tubes – now down to two extra.
Once she got her leg put back on, we were back on the road heading towards the brewery.
The beer here is delicious! Their IPA Lunch has made it into my top IPA list.
They also serve pizza here but we brought our own cold leftover pizza so we had to go hide upstairs while we ate and drank.
After we drank our lunch and dinner beers, I left for another hour ride over to Brunswick.
I made Clarissa park in a shaded area in the corner of the parking lot so I didn’t look like I was cheating or quitting to anyone who may be watching as I packed my bike into her car.
We tried to stay off the busy streets and take a more scenic route as we made our way close to Acadia National Park. We stopped to get ice cream because every little shack on the side of the road is selling lobster rolls and ice cream.
I wanted a milkshake, but people in Maine are weird and call them frappes. They say a chocolate milkshake is milk and chocolate syrup. And a chocolate frappe is milk, chocolate syrup and icecream. Tell me if I’m wrong, but that’s not how the rest of the United States sells/makes them..
My “frappe” was delicious.
Still on our way north, we stopped at another brewery! (This drive was longer than we thought!)
Wait a second, that’s not beer!
You’re right, it wasn’t a brewery, it was a winery that we stopped at. My wife wouldn’t stop whining so I took her to a winery. She was all about the flights here! (It may have been my idea to come here…)
The drive so far and the little further we had left was stunning. We both decided we could definitely live in Maine… In the summer. One part of me was not enjoying it though. Seeing all the hills that I was going to have to climb up in the next few days…
Finally, before we ended our night in our expensive motel, we stopped at yet another lobster shack but this time tried fried haddock and chips and a crab cake pie.
Food was decent, but the view was where it was at!
After watching the sunset, we made the last trek to Hancock to our motel.
It’s another rest day for me to hang out with my wife and explore Acadia National Park. Not so much rest happened today though.
First, we woke up before the butt crack of dawn. We wanted to make it to The top of Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunrise.
We made it there around 5am and to our surprise so did hundreds of others!
Sure it would have been nice to have the place to ourselves, but it was also cool to see that many people wake up so early to go see a sunrise and God’s creation.
Maine is home to wild grown blueberries so of course all the restaurants advertise what they make with the blueberries.
We had to try as many blueberry things as possible. We had blueberry pancakes, syrup, muffins, pie, salad, soda, scones, coffee, sour blueberry beer, and an Amber Ale made with blueberries.
Wait, I almost forgot. As we were hiking later today we picked and ate our own wild blueberries as well!
Speaking of hiking. We did two hikes, the first being Beehive Trail.
The second being Beech Mountain Trail.
On our way out of the park, we stopped at Atlantic Brewing Co. Shout out to them for having a free tastings room! We tried all 6 beers and they were okay, but not worth staying for a pint.
Instead, we went across the street and had some NE clam chowder and lobster bisque. Now I would buy a pint of those!
It’s another long evening of driving back down to Lewiston to get a little closer for Clarissa to drive and fly out of Boston tomorrow.
I found a place to stop and stretch our legs and use the bathroom about halfway. It just so happens that it was a brewery! Just kidding I definitely knew that’s where we were going, and I’m glad we stopped as their beers were great!
Lake St George Brewing had a nice little area out in the woods behind their building too that you could sit and drink at.
Made it to our hotel before dark, and had a nice last night together.
Today is backwards day. Beer before riding! Usually I get most of my miles in before a brewery is even open, but my wife is still here and isn’t leaving until 1.
Our plan for the day was: eat breakfast, drive to Brunswick, go to a coffee shop, watch our church back homes sermon on Facebook live, eat again, go to a brewery, then drop me back off at the parking lot I stopped at the other day.
The brewery of our choosing was Moderation Brewing. Nice bar, tasty beers, clean bathrooms, not much more I needed this morning!
I’d have to say it was a great morning and time spent with my babe. The past few days exploring with her has been amazing! As always it was hard saying bye and tough getting going again, but I could see the Canada flag waiving and I was just a few days away from that border!
Maine has got to be the bike tour hot spot! Between the time driving in the car the past couple days and my little bit of time riding here, I’ve seen probably 10 other people with their bikes loaded up.
I also met up with Dylan on the side of the road again! I met him in Richmond – a farmer biking from Key West to Canada and then over to the Wood Stock Festival. He was headed south as I was making my way out of Bath, ME.
He told me of a brewery that I should go to. They aren’t open Monday through Wednesday so I had to make it there today. Game on!
If you are looking for antiques, Maine has them! Holy moly, I have never seen so many antique shops before! They are literally lining US 1; they are everywhere.
At least a few places probably more correctly named their store front as the “antique” shops look like junk shop with more junk than they have room for. Names like “stuff” or better “old stuff” or “trash and treasures”
I didn’t dare try to take a photo of every “antique” place as I would have been constantly starting and stopping. I did take a few other photos of some signs I liked. Fun fact, Maine is one of 4 states that does not have billboards. They sure do have a lot of signage though..
Now that last one is a good sign! It’s the brewery Dylan had told me about.
Odd Alewives Farm Brewery had some great farmhouse ales in a beautiful rural setting. I was both very thirsty when I arrived and the beer was cold, but that didn’t change the fact that they were well made! My favorite was their odd patch farmhouse ale.
After my beers and making my own food at the brewery, I was off to find a place in the woods to set up my tent for the night.
I decided to go off the East coast greenway route in Waldoboro where the brewery was since I had seen the route from driving the other day. My goal was to see a bit more inland and make a shortcut.
Throughout this entire tour, I have done just about every way of sleeping on tour. What I mean is I have stealth camped, camped at campgrounds, gotten hotels, stayed with friends, been invited in by random people, stayed with warmshower hosts, slept in a backyard with permission, slept naked at a nudist community… So just about every way you can think of. Stealth camping is nice because it’s free. To me, though, it’s kind of stressful!
It was getting late and I couldn’t find a solid spot to set up my tent. I rode for a while stopping at a few places and not feeling good about them. Finally, I found the spot! There was a library in the small town of Union that was perfect for my night sleep.
Long driveway in, no cars, fresh cut grass behind and just the woods behind that grassy area. Thank you Lord! This was the perfect spot for the night!
It was absolutely freezing last night! I didn’t put on the rain cover so I wasn’t very insulated from the 53 degree with 67% humidity weather. Up to this point I was only using a sleeping bag liner. I am glad I had another lightweight blanket in my bag that I’ve been hauling this whole time! Was worth it for just last night!
While not having the rain cover on, I had an excellent view of a star glittered sky. No lights nearby made it real visible and it felt like I could see deep into the Galaxy.
Stealth camping behind a library meant I probably needed to get up early. It was still cold out and now I’m trying to roll up my wet tent (from the humidity) and start biking before the sun really wakes up.
Luckily, there was a diner just 10 minutes away and it was open at this hour!
Walked in and it felt like I just walked into someone’s living room. A bunch of old men sitting around the room at various tables chatting it up. I sat right there with them and ordered a coffee and some breakfast and joined the conversations.
After warming up my hands, and it warming up a bit outside (to 60 degrees) I took off and had my hopes on another 50 mile day.
Along the way, I got to see a moose! Seemed like a smaller, maybe juvenile moose, but a moose none the less!
Today’s “random route” took me out in the middle of nowhere with dirt roads, and no houses or buildings in sight. It was quite peaceful minus the huffing and puffing from climbing short random hills.
The route spit me back on the coast again and it is Maine-ly antique stores and lobster shacks that sell ice cream, still. Of course there are solid views of the water and nature as well.
Today was a very hilly day, with probably the steepest section of my trip this far so I had to capture it.
Photo makes it look like a wimpy hill… It was not, it was tough, I was dying trying to pedal my 80+ lbs bike up the hill without shoe clips!
This sign of Ruth and Wimpys reminded me of how many people along this tour have thought my name was Brewski. No, no it’s not, but the more I hear it the more I like it as a nickname…
After a few more ups and downs, I made it to a nice campground right on a lake. Made myself two dinners, just like I had two lunches today. So hungry always!
Tonight, I am prepared for the chilly night!
Today I enter my last and most anticipated state – Maine! After riding along the coast of New Hampshire yesterday and seeing the beauty and feeling the cool breezes, I decided again to stick to the coast instead of following the East Coast Greenway. That route would have taken me more inland.
There were also a lot of little cities along the coast that were on the most beautiful cities in Maine list. So I made up my own route to see them, and I’m glad I did!
Not sure what I would have seen the other way, but I am a little obsessed over the New England coast.
I was in no rush today, as I knew I was going to rough it in the woods tonight. Along my way, I made several quick stops to take in the scenery and feel the breeze that the Atlantic coast was sharing.
Riding with Google maps, you never really know where it’s going to take you. At one point it took me down a residential road that said no outlet, but I went anyways to see where it was trying to have me go.
I had to do some off-roading in a park meant for walkers, but my bike handled all the tree roots and hills pretty well. Then it opened up to a great view of water. It had me pass over that foot bridge picture above and I snapped the picture below after I crossed.
All day I would pop out onto the beach. It never got old, even having lived in Florida for the past 5 years with some of the “top beaches in the US” minutes from my doorstep.
There is something about either the New England beaches, the waves, the cool breeze, the surfers, or just the happy beach goers that make me smile.
When in Maine, you will see many lighthouses, but I got my first view of one today!
It was on its own little rocky island. I didn’t swim to it…
But I did end up jumping off this bridge in the picture below and going for a little swim to cool off!
I was riding by when I saw a bunch of kids, young and old, jumping 20+ feet into the water below. My curiousity stopped me and I watched them for a couple seconds before I started to strip.
I parked my bike against the railing, clothes now piled up on my bike, walked barefoot and in my cycling shorts over to the middle of the bridge.
Turned my GoPro on, turned around, and did what probably looked like a slow motion back flip. The kids were impressed, and now I was freezing in the water below.
I quickly swam to the shore and decided one jump was good enough. Was it worth it? Definitely!
Grabbed my travel towel and dried off as much as I could and hopped back on my bike for about another mile. Then I stopped on a rocky part of the coast where no one was and laid out to dry my cycling shorts and enjoy the sun beating down on me. (I kept the shorts on, I wasn’t laying nude).
Alright! It’s been a great day so far! What will make it even better?
Beer! Good, cold beer.
Made my way into Kennebunkport, which was listed as one of the prettiest cities in Maine, and stopped at their brewery.
Kennebunkport Brewing – home of the original Shipyard Brewing.
They had 4 taps and a bar about 3 feet long in their gift shop. I guess normally they take people on a tour of their brewery and then give out samples.
The bartender heard my story and just gave me beers there without first going on the tour. Best part of these beers was how much they cost – free.
Now that I wet my whistle a bit, I was ready for some more, better, and more interesting beer!
So I headed inland and picked back up the East Coast Greenway route at the start of the Eastern Trail. This was a great hard packed gravel path that took me into Saco and to Barreled Souls Brewing.
Wowza, I got what I asked for in beer here. They are known for their barrel aged beers. I had a small pour of their white stout brewed with cocoa nibs, almonds, vanilla, and marshmallow fluff and then aged for over 11 months in a Booker’s bourbon barrel.
That one about put me on my butt with an alcohol percentage of 12.7%! Just smelling it could get you drunk. So glad I only had a small 4 ouncer of that! I washed it down with a Gose made with a bunch of berries. Very fruit forward and tasty!
The bartender and another guy sitting at the bar helped me decide on a place to pop my tent for the night. There was an industrial area about 5 minutes biking down the road.
I took my time getting there and scoped it out while waiting for the sun to go down. Just as it was getting dark, I shot into the woods, out of sight, and opened up my tent for the night.
I can’t say I slept very well. It didn’t cost me anything but a few z’s.
Since I was behind a business, I needed to get up early before people started driving in. So at about 5am I packed up and found a coffee shop to finish waking up in.
My wife is coming today! Her flight doesn’t land until midnight in Portland so I’ve got all day to hang out, explore, and visit breweries. I’m about 15-20 miles outside of Portland right now.
After my coffee stop, I jumped back on that Eastern Trail and was greeted by some beautiful views!
The perks of getting up early!
Once this trail stopped, I decided to take a longer route into Portland. I shot southeast and found Higgins Beach and spent some time watching the surfers and breathing in the crisp salty breeze.
Alright enough of the beautiful views and coast.. it’s now almost opening time for a pocket of 5 breweries in West Portland!
Yes, 5 breweries in 3 buildings all right next to each other! It’s like a brewery mall. My favorite kind of shopping!
First stop, and best stop of them all was Allagash Brewing. Before they even opened, there was a line of people waiting to get in. Myself being one of them.
I of course brought up to the bartender that I was the Traveling Brewski and he gave me 3 tokens for free beer flights! Score!
This was only my first stop out of 5 though… I’m not about to drink 3 flights here! I had one and a half and saved the third token for years down the road when I go back.
Next stop: Austin Street Brewery!
I was hoping for more because of their amazing name. I had two of their 5 on tap and enjoyed them, but kept this brew train moving.
Next stop: Battery Steele Brewing!
This place was definitely the second best of the five. Great bartender, great recommendations and beers, and the start of a stalking friendship of some Germans.
Next stop: Foundation Brewing!
Those Germans followed me here. Just kidding they had the same idea as me, I was just quicker than them at moving place to place.
This brewery had good beers, but not so great bartenders. I’ll give them third place.
Next and final stop: Definitive Brewing!
Met a guy here trying to try all food and drink places in Maine! He was a character for sure, we both had our stories though and the bartender did not want to be a part of either of them!
Guess who just walked in… Those Germans!
Well I think I’ve had enough beer. Not sure if the Germans were making another round or not, but it was time for me to go check into my hotel and wait for my babe to arrive!
My wife wasn’t about it, but I still double dipped at breakfast. I can’t really seem to sleep in anymore so I got up for the opening on complimentary breakfast while Clarissa still slept.
Gotta get the calories while I can!
Today was all about exploring Portland and spending quality time together as it has been a month since we last saw each other.
We set out in our rental car to see the coast first.
Then we got to hike around the rocks and up close to the Portland Head Lighthouse.
Time to try our first lobster roll! Fun fact: Maine supplies 40 million pounds of Lobster consumed in the US (90%). It was delic… It was not as good as we were anticipating. Huge let down. I mean it was good, but not like, “oh man, I want another one!”
So glad my wife likes beer as well! I think it was even her idea to go to a brewery… Probably not, but she was on board with it.
Went first to Lone Pine Brewing which was recommended to me by a few people.
Loved the creativity of their flight holders! Beer was tasty too and finally being able to play games with someone else at a brewery!
I lost the card game, but it was still a good time.
We then walked upstairs to Goodfire Brewing Co. Beer downstairs was better.
Last stop: Bissell Brothers Brewing!
Bissell Brothers was again recommended to me by some peeps and it was a great spot! Fun vibe inside, good brews but you had to pay to park.. so that gets them some negative points.
We had a good time just being able to sit and talk and enjoy each other’s company. Beer – bringing people together.. Something like that.
After “sleeping” in the airport, I was one of the first ready to board the plane to Colorado.
My Papa (grandpa) passed away a couple weeks ago so I took a few days break to go to the funeral and see family in Colorado.
The 3 days I was in Colorado was both a good break for my legs and butt from biking, but was also a great time to see all my family and celebrate the life of my papa.
While I was in Colorado, I ate so much! Any weight that I lost during this trip had to of been put back on during my time in Colorado. Also ate enough sweets for the remainder of the year! No regrets.
My flight to Boston was a red eye flight so I arrived back in Boston at 7:30am. Both legs of the journey were spent trying to sleep, but I’m not one that is good at sleeping on planes.
I walked an hour from the airport to pick up my bike from a warmshowers apartment. Anna was super kind in letting me store my bike in her small room for the 3 days.
Today is Sunday, so that means finding a local church. To find a church, I just simply type in “non-denominational church” into Google maps and search through the results to find one near my route.
The results took me to Seven Mile Road Church in Malden, MA. Real nice people there and actually a few folks my age that were there from Orlando to help out with an event this week. Was good getting to know them and swapping contact information.
After church I met up with a guy that has been following my ride on Instagram. Dan learned of my ride from when the East Coast Greenway shared my story back in early stages of the trip. I’m thankful they shared my story as that has opened up doors to meet many other people!
Dan bought me a sandwich from Dunkin donuts, (which are everywhere up here) and we took off.
Surprisingly, for not sleeping much on the plane (if any), I felt fine and was still able to put in over 42 miles.
We rode down to the beach and over into Marblehead. The ride today was my first real taste of the New England coast, and I was loving the sights and cool breezes of it!
It was nice riding with a local that was able to give me some history, point out neat places and knows the way around. Also, was just nice having someone to ride with and talk to while getting the miles in. Normally, I’m just talking and thinking to myself while riding! Glad to change it up.
We made our way into Salem and took a break at Notch Brewery. It was both of our first time at this brewery and we sipped down on a pilsner that was recommended to us. It was cold, crisp, gentle on the palate, and with a quick hop finish. It hit the spot as did the bratwurst, potato salad, and half of Dan’s ham sandwich!
The food, beer and heat outside almost put me into a coma, but we trekked on. The destination for me tonight was a warmshowers family located in Topsfield, MA.
After the Peabody area, we hopped on a nice gravel path into Danvers where I was supposed to meet up with the warmshowers host Dave.
Once we got there, Dan said audios and good luck, dropped off a bunch of snacks with me and completed the circle back to his home.
As I waited for Dave, I went over to a local creamery and cooled myself down with some ice cream.
Dave arrived, gave me directions to his place and I rode the 6 miles over to his place. They were super kind in sneaking me in for the night as they had a party today with a bunch of people and tomorrow they are having another group of people over. Letting me stay and entertaining me in the middle of a couple busy days was extremely generous!
I hung out with his family, ate good food, drank some tasty Harpoon beer, and really enjoyed their company for the night.
After a solid breakfast and a bagel to go made by Suzy, my mind was set on checking out New Hampshire for the first time.
I still had a quite a few miles to go in Massachusetts before I hit NH, so I just followed the East Coast Greenway route. It took me on some back roads past nice rural houses and land, large lakes, and open conservation areas.
The rural route took me in a large C-shaped route and I ended up back on the coast. Oh the beautiful New England coast! I’m starting to feel the only thing I dislike about New England is their football team. Go Broncos!
Right before I hit the coast and before New Hampshire I hit the small section of bike path on today’s route and was given a great sign showing how many miles I have left if I stick exactly to the route.
New Hampshire had some killer views!
Not only the dead had those views, which I passed by so many cemeteries it felt like, but those biking this route had even better views off the coast.
I made it to my second to last state on this trip! What a great and awesome feeling that was to cross the state line. Also knowing that I would cruise through this state in just a day.
I was loving the route along the ocean, but I was also feeling like I needed to go to my first NH brewery!
So, I made a hard left, went inland and added a total of about 7-8 miles to visit Smuttynose Brewing.
They had a large facility, but a tiny tap room inside the brewery. It was actually pretty neat drinking real close to the brewing equipment and tanks at a fairly large scale production site. I was able to get a flight of 4 pours there for only $5 which was a nice change compared to the usual $8-$16 flights.
Back down to the beach route after the brewery and my competitive self came out. I had stopped to take a photo and stare at the ocean when suddenly two bikers whizzed by.
They looked the part of serious bikers and were cruising at a respectable speed. I’ve seen tons of bikers go by, but for some reason today I wanted to try to catch and pass them.
I quickly got back on my bike, put her in gear and started huffing and puffing to catch up.
Got em’! Definitely took some work and some speed that I don’t normally pull out on my rides. I rode past them and in my mind made the sound of a race car flying by spectators.
Now in front of them, I could hear them talking about my sign on the back of my bike so I slowed a bit and started chatting with them. The husband said I must be in excellent shape to pass them up with all my gear hanging on the side of my bike.
That’s what 78 days of riding with an average of 45 miles a day will do! I’ve always been in decent shape, heck, I can’t even donate blood cause my heart rate is too slow, but now I’m in real good shape!
They were good people so I ended up riding with them for the rest of the day. Actually, I ended up drafting off of them the rest of the day as that little stunt took a lot of energy out of me!
I’m glad I did as they took me to a couple places off the route to get some photos and good views.
They rode with me all the way through New Castle and into Portsmouth which was a great section in itself! We came to our split up point at Prescott Park where they said I needed to take a picture with the whale. So I stood next to the whale ready for the picture and they said, “no you need to straddle the whale!”
Sure, why not!
Back to being solo, I made my way in and around Portsmouth and found a couple breweries. In the morning, I texted a couple in Portsmouth from warmshowers and they said I was welcome at their place tonight after 6pm.
Enough time for me to visit two breweries!
Being a Monday, only a couple of the breweries in town were actually open, so deciding on which ones to go to was much easier – go to the closest open ones.
I ended up visiting Earth Eagle Brewing Co and Great Rhythm Brewing Co. Earth Eagle is known for their gruit beers which are beers made with herb mixtures instead of hops. They were pretty tasty, but I’ll stick with hops – lots of hops.
After my beers I went across the street over to the apartment that I would be staying at with Jess and Polly. They are a younger couple from Australia. Polly actually is a brewer at a local brewery too!
Unfortunately, his brewery was one that was closed on Mondays, so after he made us some delicious vegetarian Banh mi sandwiches, we all went out to Loaded Question Brewing Co to chat over a couple beers
So many New England IPAs up here! Hmm I wonder why…
They love bike touring as well and their next tour will be on those small folding bikes through Japan!
Hearing their stories only got me more excited to plan another trip…