Day 5 and 6 on my East Coast Trip 2017 – Waking up at the side of a random Church just a hundred metres before the border of Maine, I bike a short 80km to Portland where I get to spend a night before taking The Cat Ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
East Coast Trip 2017
What: Day 5 and 6 of a 5,000km Grand Bike Tour
When: August 2 and 3, 2017
Day 4 Stats: 81km and 519m of elevation
Total Trip Stats: 659.2km and 5,533m of elevation
Day 5 and 6 – Mount Washington to Portland to Yarmouth
Day 5 took me from the base of Mount Washington to Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia! It was also technically my first rest day of my East Coast Tour. At the end of Day 5, I finally had a chance to put my feet up and relax in a real bed with clean clothes. Up to then, I had averaged 131km per day with my fully loaded bike. That was a lot of work!
At the end of Day 4, I had run out of storage space on my GoPro, and I found out the hard way that the lights I had brought along were not suitable for night riding on unknown roads with no street lights. I ended up pulling over behind a church on the side of a road, hastily setting up my tent, grabbing some shut eye, and then waking up at the crack of dawn to avoid any trouble.
It turns out I was only a hundred metres or so from the state border to Maine! Biking in Maine was a total mixed bag – there were some incredibly nice paved trails along old rail tracks, but when I was not on an old rail track, I was on an incredibly narrow shoulder with aggressive traffic and lots of eighteen wheelers.
Portland itself was also a bit of a mixed bag. It’s not a very big city, and being a Wednesday afternoon in August, there just wasn’t much going on. Despite being all cleaned up, it was still hot, and I was tired, so after a bit of walking around, I settled in for a long sleep.
In the morning, I biked down to the dock and purchased my ticket for The Cat Ferry to Yarmouth, and then had a really fantastic breakfast at Becky’s – I can’t recommend that place well enough.
The Ferry itself was really nice! The facilities were clean, the seating comfortable, and the amenities numerous. There was even a research team aboard taking water samples, and they had a nice presentation about water quality and changing environmental factors in the area. After about 6 hours, I landed in Yarmouth late at night, and I made by way to my next AirBnB.
Day 5 and 6 were pretty uneventful, especially given the excitement of Day 4’s roller coaster ride through White Mountain National Forest. Portland was nice, but nothing too special, and the Cat Ferry was better than I expected, but once again, not exactly the height of excitement!