Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Bangor, ME to Bar Harbor, ME
What a beautiful day! Sometimes when you're traveling the weather is rotten (we had that on Day 2) Sometimes the weather is okay. Rarely is it perfect, but today it was. And to top it off, we were in one of the prettiest places I know of--Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor.
There was some rain overnight, but we woke up to sunshine and blue skies (which remained blue all day). Had breakfast at the motel and got on the road to Bar Harbor. A short ride of about 45 miles. Traffic was fairly heavy, so it wasn't a particularly good ride, but it was okay.
We got to the edge of Bar Harbor and went to the Acadia National Park Welcome Center for a map of the area. Got back on the bike and just rode very leisurely around the island.
Our first real stop was Cadillac Mountain. A chunk of granite, it is 1,500 feet above sea level and Bar Harbor. It was very crowded on top; parking was a problem for most people; we just parked beside the sidewalk where the road narrowed too narrow for cars to park there. We walked around a bit, taking pictures and taking it all in.
After a while, we decided it was time to find some grub, so we left the park and rode into town. We found parking spots with another motorcycle parked and shared spots with the other cycles. Lunch was good.
After lunch, we rode through the rest of town (very busy and touristy), and then back to the park, just riding slowly and enjoying the day and the scenery.
Stopped at Otter Point to take some pics and then later to Sand Beach, the only sandy beach on the island. We walked down to the water and watched the people playing in the cold water (55degrees). Much too cold for me.
After the beach, we got back on the bikes and rode to the motel to check in. I was pleased that it looked as good as it did; I was afraid it would be like the Economy Inn and be bad. But it turned out to be a good, old, mom and pop type motel. The guy running the place was friendly and even gave us "motorcycle" towels to clean the bikes without us asking for them.
Rested a while, drank a beer, and went to dinner. Ate at the Bar Harbor Lobster Pound. I had scallops; they were good, but not as good as yesterday's. I would rate it as good.
After dinner, we came back to the motel and crashed for the night. Total mileage for the day; a measly 122 miles.
Tomorrow--Catch the Cat Ferry at 8am to Nova Scotia!