Cycling Date: Monday 05-October-15
Mileage: 37 miles
Weather: Beautiful day. Upper 40s to start. Low 60s to end. No real winds but I hear tell they were out of the ESE.
Highlights of the day:
Sunny with a few clouds and slowly becoming slightly unseasonably warm. (NO complaints!) We rolled out at the luxuriously late hour of 10am on our first day of the tour. After working our way through the start of the work week in the outskirts of South Portland, the traffic subsided and we were left mostly on our own to enjoy the quieter back roads of small town Maine. The hilly quieter back roads of small town Maine. Nothing terribly long but many little kickers to remind us that in this part of New England it’s up or not up, there is no flat. Apologies to Yoda.
It’s fall, so we’re looking for foliage colors and orchards. Mother Nature is a little behind our schedule in terms of the bright reds & yellows but she is giving us some good hints of things to come. We did find an orchard, Thompson’s Orchards in New Gloucester. It’s near the top of the very aptly named Gloucester Hill Rd. We supported the local economy by tasting pumpkin donuts, apple cider, coffee and stocked up on apple butter. 9 more miles of rollers with several kickers to keep us our legs working and we rolled into Auburn.