Cycling Date: Tuesday 07-October-14
Mileage: 42 miles
Weather: Mostly cloudy with rain threatening all day. A few drops felt but mostly avoided the real wet stuff. Upper 50s to start. Low 60s to end. Very breezy but in our favor.
Highlights of the day:
Today we took the hill repeats and amped them up a bit. Right out of gate, the riders warmed up climbing the first 3 miles with a few pitches well into the double digits. A brief respite down hill took us across the Androscoggin River, into Lewiston and through Bates College. Then it was more hills, a few horse farms, and the SAG stop at the Roaring Brook Nursery. It was closed but we still had a chance to commune with the chickens, goats, and pumpkins.
The second half of the route treated us to more hills and probably the longest climb of the day. We stopped for pictures at a waterfall we remembered from last year only to find that it was barely a trickle. Seems this part of Maine has not had a lot of rain lately. It impacts the color a bit, they aren’t as bright as they could be but we’re still enjoying the reds, yellows, and oranges that this season brings. It’s amazing what the lack of chlorophyll can do to brighten the scenery.
In a little early, we took the opportunity to enjoy some of Sarah’s renowned seafood chowdah for lunch at the Red Barn (bahn). We walked a bit of it off when we poked around Augusta’s historic riverfront and Fort Western. Seems Benedict Arnold stayed here with his Continental troops on their way up to Quebec during the American Revolution. Food for the belly and brain!