Maine Foliage Day 4 - Rockland to Edgecomb ME
Mileage: 54 miles
Weather: Cold, windy and wet. Low 50s to start. Mid 50s to end. Rain all day long.
Highlights of the day:
All of the forecasts showed at least an 85% chance of rain all day long. We were not disappointed. It rained for the entire ride and it’s still raining. It was also a cold, windy rain. It was the epitome of a rainy fall day in New England. It wasn’t exactly the epitome of a perfect riding day. More than half of our riders decided it might be more enjoyable to view the colorful, yet wet foliage from the comfort of the van. I can respect that. The remainder toughed it out on their bikes and came in all smiles, of the gritty variety. Their opinion was they paid to ride a bicycle and not ride in a van. I can respect that too.
We started out of the hotel that overlooks Penobscot Bay and headed south to Owls Head Light State Park. Quiet. Serene. Peaceful. And wet. We heard oohs and aahs from the back of the van as more and more bright (and wet) foliage came into view. I guess that’s a good thing because there should be plenty more color like this. Pictures were taken at the lighthouse and then we visited the gift shop & interpretive center in what was the lighthouse keeper’s home. Did you know that Owls Head Light was the old fashioned kerosene variety until 1989? Seems they were a little late in history for automation.
We spent the remainder of the day riding on quiet rural roads and occasionally dipping back down to the ocean or an inland lake. Some of that dipping down required equal if not more climbing out. The hearty souls on bikes paid no head to the terrain and made it into the hotel in record time. I wonder if the weather provided any motivation?? 🤔
Towards the end of our day, those of us in the van spent a little time in Damariscotta. That’s DAM-ruh-scot-ah, for those of you who like to get the local pronunciations. Seems there’s an extra “A” hanging out just taking up space. But I digress… Damariscotta is a quiet little seaside town that is known for it’s Pumpkinfest & Regatta. The event was a week ago on Columbus Day Weekend, however, the giant decorated pumpkins are still up and down Main St. It seems in theses parts they take the size of these squash quite seriously. Ginormous beasts are grown for competition and for decorating the local towns. I don’t think it was the largest one of the season but we saw one that was over 1600 pounds. That’s a lot of pumpkin! Oh and almost as important as the great pumpkins, there is a “ye olde country store” for lunch.
Our day ended at the Cod Cove Inn in Edgecomb. We dined on lobster rolls and clam chowder while we shared stories about the day. Crossing fingers for a little drier weather tomorrow. It’s the last day of this tour. It goes by so quickly!