Distance: 58 miles
Weather: Sunny, cool and windy. Upper 40s to start. Low 50s to end.
Highlights of the day:
The northern remnants of Hurricane Matthew headed out to sea overnight. The clouds and rain all blew out by the time we rolled this morning. We were left with bright blue skies and strong winds out of the NNW. We were going SSE most of the day. No complaints here!
We left early today and stopped on route for breakfast. Filled with food & hot coffee, 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. York Beach has lots of tourist shops & arcades on one side with a long sandy beach on the other. We did take a side trip in York Beach out to Nubble Light House. The full New England treatment - beautiful view with rocks, water, light house and a local volunteer who took pictures & told stories in a very local accent. Wicked cool!
We crossed into New Hampshire over the Piscataqua River into the heart of downtown Portsmouth. Lots of red brick walks & buildings, white spires, and pumpkin headed scarecrows. Traffic was a bit backed up so we took the opportunity to take pictures before we headed to the hotel. We ended the day with a trip to Smutty Nose Brewery for a tour and then dinner at the Hayseed Restaurant. Both offer good local fare with a strong focus on eco-friendly practices and locally sourced ingredients. A tasty ending to a great day.