It has begun! Our whole group went to the beach and dipped our rear tires in the ocean before starting off. There was quite a group there to cheer us on as we began the ride (family of participants).
The group split up quickly. I noticed one of the young women raced up the hill and passed me but I saw her not too much later. Call me the tortoise.
Initially I was with some of the others but then I stopped to take a photo and I was on my own. It was actually nice ’cause I was free to stop along the way. Rode right by the airport where I arrived just days ago.
When I arrived at the first rest stop, there were several of our group there. I still missed out on joining any of them for the next segment. Again, this was ok as I went my own pace and did my own thing.
At the second rest stop, I again caught up with some of the others. This time I was going to try staying with a group but the mechanic’s brother was asking about my bike so the group went on without me. On their behalf, they didn’t know I had been planning to ride with them.
I got lots of photos of mailboxes today. People in Maine seem to like decorative boxes.
Several of us took a side trip to take an elevator up one of the towers that hold up the Penobscot Bridge. Fascinating. It was in Ft. Knox State Park so I also went to look around at the fort.
As I was cycling along, I saw two of my comrades stopped so I stopped too. They were just taking a break so we all started out together. Then we met another rider so we were four. Two of the ladies went off the front but they stopped for a bathroom break so we caught up with them again. Oh my gosh! We were stopped in front of an ice cream store! Well, we had to go try out the ice cream. I can happily report, it was delicious.
While we were hanging out at the ice cream store, two more riders showed up-one was one of our leaders. I was very glad because the instructions seemed rather vague to me on exactly where we were going to find the footbridge.
Now that the first day is done, I can see I will need to figure out a way to be more organized with all my stuff.
Time now to get to bed and sleep. The sun rises early here in the northern latitudes.
Random photos from the day’s adventure: