Second to last day…

We woke up in Scarboro Maine at the Fairbrothers’ house. Fairbrother fact 1: Art calls me Hillbilly and Hillbillary. Fairbrother fact 2: At one point their youngest son, Andrew, age of 8, wordlessly emerged from his room and sat down next to us on the couch in full Spiderman costume and maskery. Fairbrother fact 3: Hillary was flower girl in their wedding.

We got to ride on the Eastern Trail bike path a little more, then got back on the roads, got a little lost, little of this, little of that, protein bars, beautiful mainery scenery, hit 1000 miles on our odometer, etc, etc –

We arrived at our last campground, our last night of the tour, on Lake Pemaquid, only to discover that there was a swarm of bloodthirsty mosquitoes awaiting us. So, no relaxing at the campsite. We made our last on-the-road dinner with the mosquitoes breathing down our necks, then hurried to the bath house to take showers, only to discover that they charged quarters for showers. Cool guys. Being quarterless and too tired for such games, we sponge-bathed with wet wipes and took refuge in our tent. It felt so nice and safe inside with all the mosquitoes buzzing sadly without – and then, the yelling started. Some people a few campsites down (everyone else at this campground was in an RV, so we were the only ones sleeping outside, I suppose, to hear the full spectrum of volume and annoyingness of these people) were having conversations by yelling outrageously. They seemed to be very old? and very drunk. That went on for a while but when it died down we could finally sleep.

Scroll down for an account of our last day and fun tour statistics!

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Portland, ME

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Portland

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Oreo cows!!!!!!

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Osprey nest on a bridge over a river we can’t remember the name of.

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Sideways sunset on lake Pemaquid

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us!!!!

 

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Last day!!

The next morning we rode out and hit some pretty taxing hills. The fact that it was our last day of the tour gave us a lot of energy. We went through great Maine coastal towns like Rockport and Camden. We saw rich people houses and regular people houses, all in clapboard. Dogs and birds. Mountains and craggy coastline. We saw belted galloways, the classic Maine oreo-patterned cow. We rode into Belfast, our last town before our LAsT town of Swanville. Magically, David’s parents met us at the bride across the Passagassawakeag River! David’s parents had decided some time ago to go on vacation to Maine while David was in Maine, and had booked a hotel in Belfast the day we rode in. After spending a little time with them, we pushed on – only ten more miles to Swanville! Such familiar roads to Hillary. We got to Swan Lake right at the dam.We rode around the shore and came upon who but Heidi Seekins on her lawnmower mowing the grass by the road. Heidi is the daughter of the people we’re staying with… Jen Fairbrother’s sister… I can’t explain… Anyway, she snapped a quick picture of us and said hello, and then we rode into the driveway and leaned our bikes against the house. Just like that, it was over. Remington the dalmation quickly came to check us out. He was suspicious of us with our big helmet heads and stretchy pants. Uncle Dave and Aunt Cathy (the Moores, friends of Hillary’s parents…) came out and greeted us. Uncle Dave was still in his hot pants from being at the races all day (he drag races a yellow vega). Aunt Cathy was in the middle of getting dinner together. Thank you! We took showers, then David’s parents came over, and we all (david, hillary, uncle dave, aunt cathy, heidi, cory, reagan (their daughter), and mark and susan) had dinner together. The table of food was exciting. We had dessert. We felt sleepy. We went to bed early. So there it all is – the Tour 2014. 

 

Official Tour Statistics

1,130: Number of miles ridden from Cary, NC to Swanville, ME
24: days since we left Tallahassee
11: Number of states we passed through (North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine)
11: days we didn’t travel

 

13: days we did travel by bike

 

2: Durhams seen (North Carolina and New Hampshire)
6: Alexander Calder sculptures seen before New York
Countless: number of Alexander Calder sculptures seen in New York
12: Number of art museums and exhibitions seen (Nasher at Duke, the Hirshhorn, National Gallery, Museum of American Art, and National Portrait Gallery all in Washington, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Rodin museum, the Guggenheim, a very cool Sophie Calle exhibition in a church on 5th ave, the Whitney museum of American art, MoMA, and MoMA PS1).
3: Number of family sized sunscreens gone through
9: Number of households we’ve stayed with
8: Number of households we had planned to stay in (thanks again Stan!)
0: Miraculous number of flat tires we had
1: Days we were chased by dogs (phew!)
2: Times David shaved during the tour
38: our top speed, in miles per hour, down massive hills
Barely fast enough to stay upright: Our lowest speed, up massive hills
 100: Miles ridden on our longest day
44: Miles ridden on our shortest day
95: Temperature, in fareniheight, on the hottest day
Shivering in a 32 degree down sleeping bag: our coldest night

more more pictures below

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Rockport, ME

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Beautiful lunch spot in Camden, ME

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We never tire of oreo cows

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Lunch spot swag

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Belfast, ME!

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Our first sight of Swan lake!!

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We are so appreciative to have done this, and want to thank everyone that helped us, hosted us, prayed for us, supported us, thumbs-uped us, etc. Thank you! The memories that we made on this tour are special and will be with us forever.

Below are pictures of some of what we’ve done in Maine so far.

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the Moore property in Swanville.

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Fort Knox and a cool bridge sticking up in the distance. Driving to Bar Harbor

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Beautiful Swan Lake

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View from North Bubble in Acadia. 883 feet above sea level. Pretty close to the sea as well.

 

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Hiking to the top.

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Wow. A beach, but different from the ones we’re used to.

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Documenting the documentation of a Birthday lobster dinner. We ate inside Acadia nat’l park!

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Smile found on the Maine beach we enjoyed

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Mikesell parents on the beach

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Sea glass. See glass?

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Handsome Hillary on the very Maine beach

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View from Bar Harbor

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