Buckle your helmet, clip your shoes, turn on your camera, & join us on a tour de force. This is not to rest & relax. Rather, it is to jam pack all the best that Maine has to offer in one weekend: rocky coast, lobster, lighthouses, diners, Bar Harbor, bakeries, Acadia National Park Drive, frigid water dip, & Mt Desert.

It will even coincide with Adventure Cycling Association's Bike Your Park Day. We will celebrate our public lands on Saturday with a ride through Acadia National Park.

We leave Boston Friday morning to arrive Rockland for early lunch. We start the ride at 12:00 before returning for dinner. Lodging will be in the same location for two nights near Rockland. We travel on Saturday for a tour of Park Drive & Mt Desert, dinner in Bar Harbor, & travel back to sleep. Our final day will bring us to Portland for a lighthouse studded tour, early dinner in downtown Portland, & drive back to Boston.

Distances are 50-80km daily at intermediate & advanced options, including the famous carriage gravel roads in Acadia.  Reserve your own lodging—we will recommend a group site. Pay as you go for park entrance fees, meals, & other expenses. We drive close to four hours—we will help with plan to share a car.

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Detailed itinerary added 4 September 2019:

Contact the leaders to join group discussion about carpool, routes, meals, & hotel on WhatsApp.

This will be self-guided tour, even though we will try to stay together as a group. Leaders & sweeps will not be on all routes. There will be some but not frequent group meeting points.
 
Bring GPS device, phone with navigation apps, or cue sheets for the routes you plan to ride. We will not provide them. All trip routes are on Ride with GPS to use the paid app http://ridewithgps.com/app. Or use Maps.me free app—see instructions to download KML files at https://mcccxxv.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/map-app/ at bottom of page.
 
We stay both nights at Hampton Inn Rockland:
+1 207-594-6644
Ask for "Tour of Maine" group rate of $175 per night.
 
Route expectations:
  • All distance & elevation information are approximate based on representative maps.
  • Leaders reserve the right to change the itinerary for reasons such as weather, road conditions, availability of services, group preference, & other factors.
  • We want to be good stewards of the environment. Avoid single use plastic cups, utensils, or straws. Instead, bring thermos https://www.rei.com/product/100104, spork https://www.rei.com/product/660002, & stainless steel straw https://www.rei.com/product/153229.
  • Gravel grinders: there will be sections on unpaved roads. Most of them are smooth crushed stone & dirt, while some rare short ones are a bit more rough.
  • Bicycle tires: 23mm are not recommended for gravel roads; 25mm are adequate; 28mm–32mm are most suitable.
  • Bicycles: road & adventure bicycles are most suitable. Heavy touring, hybrid, mountain, & fat bicycles will slow you down unnecessarily, while you struggle to keep up with the group.
 
All routes offer short-cuts to reduce distance or avoid climbs.
 
  • Friday 27 September at 12:00: parking lot of Hilton Hampton Inn, 90 New County Rd, Thomaston, ME 04861.
    • Brunch option ahead of ride at Moody's diner, 1885 Atlantic Hwy Waldoboro, ME 04572.
    • Ice cream after ride at Dorman's Dairy Dream across from hotel.
    • Dinner options to be discussed with group.
    • Both routes have several loops & spurs. Take fewers ones as needed to make it shorter.
    • Paved roads, ➡️91km ⬆️1,041m ↗️11.44m/km: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31013766
    • Paved roads, ➡️59km ⬆️672m ↗️11.39m/km: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30174824
  • Saturday 28 September at 10:45: Village Green Visitor Centre, 19 Firefly Ln, Bar Harbor, ME 04609:
    • Parking space available nearby. Most likely at cost.
    • Breakfast & coffee options at Mount Desert Bakery 122 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, or A Slice of Eden 270 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
    • We eat dinner in Bar Harbor before driving back to Rockland.
    • Paved roads, ➡️77km ⬆️1,327m ↗️17.23m/km: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31013778
    • Extended gravel sections on carriage roads, ➡️72km ⬆️1,271m ↗️17.65m/km: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31013792
    • Extended gravel sections on carriage roads, ➡️59km ⬆️1,062m ↗️17.99m/km: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31013795
  • Sunday 29 September at 10:30: parking space on High & Spring streets https://www.google.com/maps/place/87MFMP3Q%2B46
 
  • Registration is required for this activity.
  • Contact leaders for meeting times, route maps, & lodging options.
  • Participants are responsible for their own lodging, food, & transport. Leaders will recommend lodging with group discount & coordinate group meals. Estimated trip cost is $350 for shared room, meals, & gas.
  • Members register for free. Others pay $15 to join the club for one year.
 
Date: 
Friday - September 27, 2019
Saturday - September 28, 2019
Sunday - September 29, 2019