This past weekend I headed to MDI and Acadia National Park to ride on the loop road there.
I love Acadia – it is beautiful – but I don’t go very often because it is very accessible and therefore it is almost always really crowded.
It looks like this:
So yes, wonderful, smooth well-maintained pavement.
The ride itself is gorgeous, but normally it is a nightmare to bike (or drive) because the road is LOADED with people driving cars…and looking at the ocean and not the road.
It is almost worst than texting and driving I think.
But thanks to the sequester (insert snarky comment here) the park loop road delayed opening to motorized vehicles.
So there is 27 miles of carless paved roads through a gorgeous place!
It was awesome! I’ll let the pictures tell most of the story…
My friend Erin had a…little surprise for me. I hadn’t seen her in about a year and, well, she was “a little” pregnant. She is so cute!
A short walk from our campground was this ocean overlook view that I thought was pretty neat.
The next morning, we geared up (Yup! Erin rode!) and headed to the loop road for some fun.
I was rocking my new Primal Wear jersey that I kinda love. A lot.
This is one of the views from the loop road. You had to ride over a bunch of crunched up shells that had been thrown on the road from winter storms in this section. It was the only place on the whole ride that had any debris in the road.
Erin looking awesome and rocking a 27 mile bike ride!
I made Erin take a picture of me with this sign for proof that I am a rule-breaking badass.
Cadillac Mountain is pretty cool. It is around 1,500 feet, and pretty much right next to the ocean. It is the highest mountain on the eastern seaboard – meaning within so many feet of the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of other mountains that are higher inland, but anyway, it is pretty neat.
The best part of it this time was that we could climb the road without fearing our lives of cars coming down (or up).
OK I see I keep repeating that like Rainman. But I am still getting over how great it was to ride for almost 5 hours and see only a few cars.
So yeah. Cadillac Mountain. It is about a 3.5 mile steady climb to the top.
I made the climb to the top and there were only about 15 bikes up there. It looked like a few people walked up as well. Once Erin made it up, we had a snack and got a photo shoot.
I knew my friends Rick and Leanne were riding the loop as well. There is not much for cell service on this loop, but when I was up on top of Cadillac Mountain, I sent them a text to tell them where I was. On the way down (it is very fast down, I scared myself a little) I saw them!
All I could do was yell “Leeeeeaaaaaannnnnn!”
I got to the bottom and was able to send a text that said I was doing the loop again, this time the “right way”. The weather, while it was a gorgeous 50 degrees, was cool with the wind from the ocean. I couldn’t stand around and wait. Actually, once I got down the mountain, I got off the bike and laid on the pavement to warm up.
Anyway, after a few minutes, they responded they were going to do the loop backwards this time and we could look out for each other.
Unfortunately, I was finishing up my 2nd and final loop of the day, I decided not to join them to finish the loop with them. I probably should have, but I was getting colder and colder and just needed to get back to the campsite and put my puffy coat on.