I’m going to keep this one brief; today was a long day and I’m crashing fast! My first mistake was starting off too late from Camden. After sleeping in, thorough organizing, making breakfast, and going out for coffee, it was 11 AM. I had an initial strategy to “beat the heat” with an early departure, but that goal crumbled after a somewhat late night occurred. It was already 80+ degrees when I left, only getting hotter. The riding then this morning was hot, sticky, and miserable. Borderline heat exhaustion. I couldn’t put liquids in as fast as they were expelled. I had a few uninteresting water stops at Subway and McDonald’s, but I didn’t stop anywhere substantial, in need of getting to Brunswick.
After my McDonald’s stop ending at 4PM, events took a turn for the better. The weather was consistently cooling to something manageable, and to my surprise I found some (not all) of the fatigue melt away with the cooler temps. I continued my ride into Wiscasset mostly along Route 1, a quick moving rural road with massive shoulders due to snow in the winter. Busy, but safe. The bike route took a detour in Wiscasset, opting for some picturesque, low traffic rural roads that paralleled Route 1. After a wrong turn, much to my dismay I found that I had taken a wrong turn. I didn’t realize this until after I rode down the hill BACK into downtown Wiscasset. This mistake cost me 8 miles. Whatever.
After Bath, a proper closed bike path took me into Brunswick. It was excellent. Temps were cool, I was riding fast, and the psych was high. Even still, it was late. I arrived at the AirBnB right at 8:00. I showered, unpacked, made dinner, and vegetated with the lovely family watching Netflix. The plan for tomorrow is to sleep in, and go on a college tour of Bowdoin before the last day of the first measurable leg of the journey as a whole, the 25 mile jaunt into Portland.
P.S. Sorry pictures are sparse today, I was trying not to stop most of the time!