Cycling Date: Monday 12-October-15
Mileage: 56 planned miles, 63 miles with 2 short side trips
Weather: Unseasonably warm. Or at least we think it is. Low 50s to start. Mid 70s to end. Sunny. SE winds that stayed in the single digits.
Highlights of the day:
Our day started with the sun coming up over the Atlantic, right in the backyard of our hotel. We headed south towards New Hampshire and hugged the Maine coast as much as the roads allowed. Porpoise Cove. Kennebunkport. York Beach. All slightly different and all just beautiful. Porpoise Cove is all about lobster and small New England houses. Kennebunkport is all about the mansions and the Bush Family Compound.
Riding into Kennebunk, we made our first side trip to the Wedding Cake House. It is noted as the most photographed house in Maine. The builder, inspired by the Gothic style of a cathedral in Milan, added buttresses, spires, and other ornate trim to his rebuilt home & carriage house. This is the only reason it is called the Wedding Cake House and not, as legend has it, the more interesting work done to atone for the builder not taking his bride on a proper honeymoon. You can check out all the details on Wikipedia. It’s on the Internet, it must be true! Ah well, it was still interesting to see.
York Beach has lots of tourist shops, arcades on one side with a long sandy beach on the other. We took our second optional detour of the day to view the Nubble Lighthouse. No story to accompany this tourist destination. It was an opportunity to take some photo and, as we found out, we went right by a good local ice cream shop, Dunne’s Ice Cream. It was all good.
We crossed into New Hampshire over the Piscataqua River on the not quite brand new bridge that re-opened within the last two or so years. It is still exciting to see that the old metal grate bridge over which cyclists had to walk has been replaced. Now we have a beautiful bridge with bike lanes in both directions. It’s lovely! We saw a few of the pumpkin headed scarecrows as we rode through downtown Portsmouth. I think we might have to go find some more once the sun goes down