First Few Days

NH_SunsetIt has been our first few days on the road, we haven’t even pedaled a week.I’ll try and provide a summary to give you a good idea as to how we are starting out. Our first day was satisfying as we conquered Waldoboro hill (make note I drank seven bottles of water today), only after a stop in Moody’s diner. We split a slice of Strawberry and Rhubarb pie, filled our water bottles and left a business card on the cork board. We stopped for dinner 30 miles south of Rockland. It was the first time using my new stove for meal cooking and it worked like a charm. We had some left over clam sauce from the boating season that we had frozen and fixed up some pasta to compliment. Across the street was a public access trail, perfect for a night’s rest. I remember passing by a public bank and reading the daytime temperature of 53 degrees. At night however, it was a fair bit cold, and we were too tired to take advantage of the clear night sky.

Gelato Fiasco, Brunswick ME, was welcoming us at six o’clock our second day, we road the 20-ought miles in and took a break on their extremely comfortable and plush sofas and chairs. Posted our first album with their wireless internet and left. Off to the Nagler’s, a family we had met on the Nathaniel Bowditch. They’re hospitality was excellent as we enjoyed a warm and filling dinner, met our appearance with Gelato Fiasco, and then back again just in time for showers and my new hair cut. Paul took care in sculpting my new image. I slept in the television room.

We left today, October 27th,after a fitting breakfast  Rode to Center Street Bicycles after I had some major problems shifting. Come to realize the new chain I had put on in Mansfield only made the fact worse that my dereilluers were so worn out. With a new cassette and rear dereilluer we pedaled off to Freeport, were we intended to visit the local bike shop and the L.L. Bean’s store. Just south on route one from main street Freeport is the Delorme headquarters and map store. We bought a fold-able map of Maine, and watched as the largest rotating globe made it’s slow revolutions in front of us. They obliged to let us tent out on their mowed lawn, just around the side of the building. I’m eager to finish up our first week and finally get into a routine of how my gear is packed, how much I need to eat or wear, and how to prepare myself for the next few legs in our journey.

About Clint Valentine

Clint is currently enrolled in two undergraduate degrees in Biology & Environmental Science at Northeastern University. He enjoys pursuits of endurance and distance which have included summiting many peaks in New England during winter alpine ascents, sailing the Atlantic in a vintage gaff-rigged schooner, rock climbing in five states including Oregon, and cycling 5,000 miles across North America. He has goals of pushing the envelope of his limits and combining his many outdoors interests into one big trip. He has a passion for photography and hopes to one day produce a documentary for a round-the-world tour.
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