Fall Foliage Classic Day 1 - Portland to Old Orchard Beach ME
Distance: 35 miles
Weather: Upper 40s to start. Upper 50s. Bright sunshine all day long.
Highlights of the day:
No one could stop talking about how nice the weather was today. Perhaps it was the contrast to yesterday’s rain. Winds were calm. Skies were crystal clear and really blue. Temperatures were ever so slightly crisp. It was a text book New England fall day. May we have many more like this. Please??
This is a day to see some sights. Seven miles into the ride, we pulled into Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light. We then headed down the coast to Two Lights on Cape Elizabeth. There is only one lighthouse but when it was original built, it had two towers each with its own light – hence the name Two Lights. At Two Lights is a small restaurant called The Lobster Shack. It might not be the locals favorite but sitting right on the coast with a great view of the water and the lighthouse behind it, it is definitely a tourist destination. It was nearly noon so we stopped for clam chowder and lobster rolls. Pictures were taken and we rolled on…
Heading down the coast, we rode out to Prouts Neck. It’s a quick 4 mile out & back. Nice foliage. Lovely coastal views and a glimpse of Old Orchard Beach across the water. Then it was time for our one SAG stop of the day at a farm stand. Local apples were eaten, pictures were taken with pumpkins and we were off to find the local rail trail. The Eastern Rail Trail is a hard-packed dirt trail that cuts across the coastal marshes into Old Orchard Beach. It keeps us off of Rte 1 and provides some really nice scenery, all without any traffic.
We arrived early enough to enjoy a walk on the beach or the boardwalk. It’s really quiet here this time of year. Shops and restaurants are closing up for the season. There are a few less t-shirt shops to explore but there are no crowds. It’s a great location to end a lovely Day 1.