Another cold day in Maine…it was in the low 50’s as we loaded up on the bike and headed east. Our goal today was to go to the Eastern-most point in the Lower 48 states, Quoddy Head Lighthouse. On our way we also picked up a geocache at the Eastern-most town of Lubec.
Next stop was Quoddy Head Lighthouse. What a beautiful spot! It was a little chilly, but we found a picnic table that was protected from the wind and had a little picnic lunch by the shore. Saw our geocaching friends Zoey and George again. We took some pictures and then went in to the visitor’s center where we met Pia and Andrew who were from Argentina, which they told us has the most southern lighthouse in the world (Les Eclaireuers Lighthouse). They have been in the states for 6 years while Pia gets her doctorate from University of Massachusetts. Chet explained all about the Bay of Fundy as we were leaving..it is known for having the highest tidal range in the world…who knew???? Chet did!!!
Now that we have officially been to the most eastern point in the United States, it’s all west from here! We started our western journey by traveling to Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, ME. On the way we stopped at a lake for a “butt fluff” break. A car pulled in behind us…she was ready for a smoke break. We struck up a conversation and met Jenny from Lubec, ME. She was headed to a Shriner’s parade this afternoon. We gave her one of our trading cards and her eyes lit up…she said, my boyfriend will love this, he is the only Steelers fan in the entire town. He was in the car and told us we had the perfect colors for our bike! After they left, Chet went down to test the water temperature…he said it seemed warmer…or maybe he was just getting used to the cold. While he was down checking the water out, Marj spotted a loon on the lake…the loon dove under the water before we could get a picture. The lake and this area reminded us a lot of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
Along the way we saw lots of bee hives. After passing through Cherryfield, ME which claims to be the blueberry capitol of the world, we suspect the bee hives might be to help pollinate the blueberries. We also went past Wild Blueberry Land…looks like it could be quite the attraction!
We made it to Acadia National Park, got our National Park Passport stamped and then headed out on the loop road. Lots of wonderful pictures along the way…see the Facebook page for more on that. At the end of the loop road we took the Cadillac Mountain road to the peak. Absolutely beautiful views from the top! We took a walk along the trail and as we came back to the bike there was a couple checking it out. Ron and Diane were from Great Barrington, ME. We had a nice conversation with them and promised to put a picture of them in our blog…here you go!
And as we headed back to Bangor for the night…the clouds cleared away and out came the sun!
Mileage Today: 302 miles Total miles for the trip: 6,935 miles