Maine Foliage Tour Day 3 - Augusta to Rockland ME
Mileage: 45 miles
Weather: Partly cloudy. Warm sun. Upper 40s to start. Mid 60s to end. A nice tailwind for most of the day.
Highlights of the day:
It was another great day for a bike ride. Deep blue skies with light white clouds. More foliage colors popping up around us. Gentler hills. Oh and a tailwind. It was just beautiful.
Today’s route quickly worked its way to Rte 17 E and we followed it all the way to Rockland. It’s a little busier than the country roads we were on yesterday but with a nice wide shoulder and some lovely new stretches of pavement, it provided a pleasant way to get us back to the coast and seafood. There were hills. We did climb. But nothing like yesterday. By the numbers, we climbed only 600-700 feet less than yesterday. That doesn’t seem like much of a difference. However, one needs to factor in ZERO double digit grades and some rollers timed well such that riders could get enough speed going downhill to make it most of the next climb. It was a shorter, faster day with more mileage. We like!!
Our destination is a hotel right on the water and in the middle of the town of Rockland. Lots of shops (one of bikes, of course!). Things to eat. Places to explore. The day ended with walks along the shore and a nice dinner at a café known for its good food and use of local products. One could get used to this kind of work. :)