Maine Foliage Day 5 - Edgecomb to Portland ME

Crew’s Log…

Mileage: 56 miles

Climbing: 2700’

Weather: Low 50s to start. Upper 50s to end. Overcast but dry all day long.

Highlights of the day:

While some of the roads were still wet when set out this morning, we were much dryer than yesterday. I guess we could complain that our bikes got dirty because of the wet pavement but that would really be whining. The clouds kept temperatures in the 50s, perfect for our last day of Maine hills.

We started the day riding over the Sheepscot River and through the small coastal town of Wiscasset. The route then took us over some more Maine hill repeats as we worked our way to cross over the Kennebec River and into Bath. Foliage colors were beautiful and bright. The hills gave us the opportunity to slow down and enjoy them all the more. How’s that for a spin??

After Bath, we headed towards Freeport and the last SAG stop of the Maine Foliage Tour 2018. It seemed just as we were settling into some flat stretches, we’d turn a corner and be greeted by yet another hill. They weren’t huge but just enough to keep the legs working and the scenery interesting.

The last stretch into Portland brought us through more populated areas with a little more traffic. We ended where we started on Monday at the Hampton Inn. All riders headed their separate ways. Some directly home, others to stay with friends in New England and still others headed back up to Freeport to find gifts for family (or perhaps themselves) at the outlet mall. Regardless of their direction, they all left with smiles, good memories and the start of an idea to ride with us again. It was a very nice way to end a fun, successful tour.

2018Judy Clawson