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Mainely ATVs

2011-09-17

tl;dr: In order to avoid the traffic I had to avoid all else by taking the Down East Sunrise Recreation Trail.

It was a little cold last night. Bit I can handle 39 degrees.

Another day another round of traffic. This is Saturday. Even so, before 7am the cars were already out in full force. Every road I tried had traffic. Do people in this state have nothing better to do than drive around? I was becoming completely stressed out. Then I found the Down East Sunrise Trail. I kind of remember considering this trail in the past and disregarding it. That was probably because it's an ATV trail, and those are usually shredded by four-wheelers. It's also an old railroad, which means it's boring. It wasn't that bad! The ATVs were few (probably because of the cold) and the trail was well packed. The drivers even slowed way down when passing me, which is a huge improvement over my treatment in Wisconsin last year. But I certainly didn't see much. I spent a good 50 miles on that trail, and I skipped past a few points-of-interest, but it was worth it to be out of the traffic. And it was flat.

I must have eaten something bad yesterday. Maybe I should be more discriminating when buying old and crusty pizza from gas stations. I had to make some unscheduled stops along the trail, if you know what I mean.

I am in Maine. I should probably eat some seafood. So I stopped at Subway in Machias and ordered myself a tuna sub.

As I was leaving Machias a couple of guys stopped me so they could question me about my bike. One was running a roadside stand and feed me a bunch of zucchini wheels (fried zucchini slices). Neither of the two was a native, and they had lots to say about Maine. Apparently, though I complain a lot about the traffic, I could have done worse in picking roads. They ensured me that Highway 9 is a death trap for somebody on a bicycle.

I had purchased a Maine Atlas and Gazetteer back in Bath. It has already proven itself handy, but now that I have completely lost any kind of phone signal it is indispensable. I have already heard several locals refer to it as the Bible of Maine.

I found a place to camp between some abandoned houses south of East Machias.

I still haven't seen a moose.



Schoodic Mountain


extreme construction ahead


ATVs


Down East Sunrise Trail goes on and on


beaver dam




big turtle



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