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Bar Harbor, Maine.

Bar Harbor, Maine.

August 18, 2009: Belfast, ME to Bar Harbor, ME

The final leg, 62 miles from Belfast, Maine to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Everyone was hoping for a Sunday afternoon ride, but the rugged Maine countryside had different thoughts.  The day started off hot and humid, the rollers were in place, the road surface and shoulders were not even worthy of a mountain bike, much less road bikes.

One of Maine's wonderful shoulders.

One of Maine's wonderful shoulders.

Early this morning we set out – regardless of the conditions, as long as our bicycles remained functional and in one piece, we were going to finish this tour. It was only fitting that over the last two miles as we approached Bar Harbor, we would have to scale one last long, steep hill.

The final climb into Bar Harbor.

The final climb into Bar Harbor.

Early this afternoon we all assembled at the beach near the town peer in old town Bar Harbor and dipped our front tires into the Atlantic Ocean. After bicycling 4,259 miles and climbing a total of 140,825 feet,  the journey was completed.

Today’s Bicycling Distance: 62 miles.

Thanks from Mark and Sue to all the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation Contributors.

Thanks from Mark and Sue to all the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation Contributors.

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Last State!

Welcome to Maine

August 15, 2009: South Waterford, ME to Damariscotta, ME

August 16, 2009: Rest day in Damariscotta, ME

We’re resting today at Duck Pond Campground and exploring the nearby town of Damariscotta. This morning Chuck and Suzi met up with their nephew Chris and his family, and tonight we will enjoy a lobster dinner with Marshall’s Aunt Marge.

Yesterday’s ride from South Waterford to the coastal town of Damariscotta, about 110 miles south of Bar Harbor, was rough. The route could have accurately been described in a single word: “punishing.” The temperature was in the 90s, the humidity in the 80-90% range and the Maine rollers unforgiving. Matters were complicated by the fact that the roads traveled had literally no shoulders, on a Saturday when traffic was relatively heavy.

Approaching a Maine roller.

Approaching a Maine roller.

Ascending a Maine roller.

Ascending a Maine roller.

Fortunately everyone made it in safely, if a little wiped out.

Tomorrow we will bicycle about half of the 110 mile distance from Damariscotta to Bar Harbor, putting us in position to finish our adventure on Tuesday, August 18th, two months and eleven days after beginning it all in Anacortes, Washington.

Yesterday’s bicycling distance: 86 miles.

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Congratulations to Marshall and Ann - 43 years of marriage!

Congratulations to Marshall and Ann - 43 years of marriage!

June 25, 2009: Malta, MT to Glasgow, MT

Today’s ride was in stark contrast to the two previous days. The eastern Montana temperature rose into the 100’s and the winds shifted from tail to head winds as we bicycled from Malta to Glasgow, MT. The 70 mile trek was all the more difficult as, along with the heat and the wind, the route included rollers that seemed to have ascents steeper than their descents.

We all arrived in Glasgow a little beat up, but none the worse for wear. Tomorrow’s ride will take us a similar distance to Poplar, MT. Hopefully the conditions will be a little more forgiving.

Upon our arrival in Glasgow, we cleaned ourselves up and went out to Sam’s Supper Club in order to help Ann and Marshall Schilling celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary. For all of you who know and appreciate Ann and Marshall, please post your congratulations.

Stars of the day.

Stars of the day.

Glasgow, Montana - keeping it Jurassic.

Glasgow, Montana - keeping it Jurassic.

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