2015-05-29 - ME - Day 2 - Belfast to Damariscotta
I woke up twice in the morning before finally getting up. It was so bright I figured it might have been close to 7 AM, but it was not even 5 AM yet. I should have known my body would get up after seven hours like usual. Most of the others seem to have woken up at 5 AM too. Some people showered in the morning. Everyone got something to eat and dismantled our tent city.
I took off with Brian, and we cycled by peaceful Megunticook Lake.
We got to the rest stop in Camden, Maine, where I met the friendly Madonna and Kris at the great Cappy's Cafe and Bakery. After I bought a breakfast croissant and told them about our journey, they gave me a big bag of free cookies and a delicious baguette to share with my team. The location also has Wi-Fi. Can't beat that.
Andy, Brian, and I rode together out of Camden after stopping by the harbor to see the statue of Andre the Seal. Andre is a local celebrity here, and his story is retold in numerous films, articles, and books. He was a male harbor seal pup, rescued in 1961 from Robinson's Rock in Penobscot Bay and adopted by Harry Goodridge, tree surgeon and Harbormaster. Harry raised the pup, who chose to stay with Harry, entertaining people for years until his death in 1986. A friendly woman named Molly helped take a few photos of us.
The last miles of this stretch were tough on me, and I couldn't keep up with Brian at times. Andy in turn sometimes had trouble keeping up with us. I would say "Hi" to people I saw on the road. One of those I met was Mike, who works twenty-four hours a day and was commuting back home. I also got to know Andy who hikes and bikes a lot, including having finished the entire Appalachian Trail in four and a half months. This is when he is not too busy working for the alternative hands-on high school he started in New Hampshire, called The Penn Program. Check it out: http://www.thepennprogram.com/. Fingers crossed that I get to hike the John Muir Trail with him next year. We both want to hike it.
Jan, who works at a convenience store near today's second rest stop in Waldoboro, was kind enough to refill our bottles. We were by then far ahead of the support van, but Joe from the lead van cycled ahead to see us. Andy and I stopped at Round Top Ice Cream, purportedly the best ice cream in Maine, before finishing at Damariscotta Baptist Church, members of which were kind enough to host us for the night. Brian parked his bike and ran right back out past us, off on his six mile run. We also found Barbara, who started and finished the day real early, napping in the church on a bench.
Today's was only a fifty mile ride, but now that's two riding days down. I can see myself missing this already, even the no shower or Wi-Fi days like today. Sixty-nine days is far too short a time to spend with such great people and cycle across fifteen states. :)