Monday, June 7th.
Dennis showed up at 10:00 a.m. for our planned 8:30 start. Standing by my loaded
ready-to-go bike in the dooryard, I watched him sail right past my house and
then back again a few minutes later without seeing me or it. He had just been
there a month earlier. Turns out that not only had he missed my house, but had
forgotten his cell phone, and he'd had to ride all the way back to his house to
get it. This is a man with a PhD in operations research.
I violated my "Back Roads. Period." creed and rode up the highway to somewhere
north of Concord, New Hampshire to make up some time. Then it was all back
roads, primarily 113, over to Conway, a stop at Cathedral Ledge off West Side
Road for the view:
and lunch at the Glen Junction Restaurant in Glen. (No food photos - I wasn't
in the swing of it yet - but it's a good breakfast / lunch spot.)
It was a gorgeous day and in fact, the weather was great for most of the
trip. If you look at weather almanacs for Quebec and Labrador, you will see that
June generally has the lowest rainfall of the most travelable months. That was a
welcome surprise to me. After lunch, we rode the always entertaining Hurricane
Mountain Road and Maine route 113 up through Carter Notch, went east on US 2,
north on 17 (with the great view of Mooselookmeguntic Lake) to Rangeley, and 16
all the way over to Peaks-Kenny State Park near Dover-Foxcroft, a place I had
been wanting to check out for a while.
Along the way: Coos Canyon, a nice little park and canyon on the Swift River,
Mooselookmegutic Lake from the height-of-land a few miles south of Rangeley:
Not surprisingly, Peaks-Kenny turned out to be quite empty this early in the
season. The campsite we chose was lovely and the bugs were mostly just mosquitos
and therefore easy to manage.
383 miles for the day, the longest one-day mileage of the trip.