We left our campground with pretty cold but clear weather. After a few minutes we’d shed all our extra layers and the temperature was perfect for riding. The sky was blue. The roads dipped and curved. In Newmarket, New Hampshire, we passed a building that David recognized. It happened to be the headquarters and factory for Independent Fabrication, the largest exclusively American bike manufacturer. We also passed a rowing boat manufacturer. All very exciting to David, this American manufacturing. Anyway, we soon crossed the border into Maine. A very important moment. We hugged and took a picture. Soon our route led us to a ragged dirt road in the woods that seemed to be leading us to nowhere, and we thought that we had been pranked again by google maps. But then it turned out to just be an adventurous shortcut. Cool! Cutting through those woods was a fun introduction for David in his first experience of Maine. We re-emerged onto a state road with a nice wide shoulder. Then we ducked back onto a quiet small road. We stopped for lunch and were able to sit on rocks (!) instead of the ground. Nice! After more back roads we got to get on a f’real bicycle path that was draped in woodsy canopy. When we got off the trail, we came up on a Hannaford and stopped in for snacks and Moxie. Moxie is a Maine carbonated beverage flavored with the gauna root. In the last leg of our ride we got to get on a bike path again, mostly across a salt marsh, which reminded us of Florida. By 5 we were at Jen and Art Fairbrother’s house, and were greeted by Lily the dog. Everyone else greeted us too, Jen, Art, Jake, Josh, Andrew… It’s hard to explain if you don’t know, but basically just they’re family friends of Hillary and very special. We had family dinner! Kabobs! Wow! Also, homemade applesauce! And other exciting treats! After dinner David became embroiled in the Great Clan War of Jake Josh and Andrew, while Hillary hung out a little with Art. Jen had to leave for a shift at the hospital. But then we went out for ice cream!! Hillary got “peanut butter whoopie” flavor which was so the very best, and so fun to have had moxie and whoopie pie as soon as the state of Maine was reached. After ice cream we hanged out with the boys and enjoyed sitting on a couch. And petting Lily. The end. Two days til Swanville!
Sorry that we don’t caption the pictures anymore. Our app updated and it’s extremely hard. On to the pictures…

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