Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Portland light house from cliffs

Hank after a purchase at one of the many antique shops that line highway 1
Searsbuer Maine, a cute little berg along the way
Our pre-ride journey took us from Bar Harbor Maine to Portland where we will await the start of the ride on Thursday. We took the scenic highway 1 in order to stop at various little bergs along the way such as Rockland, Searslank etc. As we drove through these places we read their history from a travel guide. Most of the coastal towns along the coast of Maine were sites of ship building home of famous sea captains (I know name 3) and other famous writers including Edna St. Vincent Millay, w.e. White, and Stephen Speilberg, to name a few. The highlight of the trip was the visit to Fort Williams Park and Portland Headlight Lighthouse. It was commissioned by George Washington, yes THE George Washington, in 1790. It is stated that the poet Longfellow, scripted his poem "The LightHouse" while pondering the wonder of the universe as he sat alongside this famous lighthouse. In fact, the Portland Light House is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Who am I to argue. Tomorrow Hank and I will do a test ride to determine the fitness of our bike equipment. Looking forward to the start of the trip on Thursday.
Today's shout out goes to Russell's cycle shop. The folks as Russell's impressed the support crew in charge of checking out the bikes. My bike was the cleanest bike of all those they worked on. The chain, rear set, and derailleur were immaculate. Cudo's to Russells as they cleaned and packed the bike for the trip to the east coast.

1 comment:

  1. Both Dave and I had cameras on our visit to the Portland Head Light. We easily have 30 pics!