45 miles today - 102 total
Left Maine and entered New Hampshire or NH which stands for Numerous Hills. Some were Category W hills (which mean you Walk up them) It was not the easiest of days but it was a beautiful ride along the Maine coast, into the city of Portsmouth, and by homes built in the 1700's. The weather was great as well.
No wi-fi last night........could not post
Beautiful day with a little of everything- wind, hills (yes there are hills in Maine), bad roads, traffic (two lane highway 19), and mechanical issues . It was nice to ride somewhere we have never ridden before. It’s beautiful here. We met Kim (see picture below) on the road and she was on her last day riding her bike from Minnesota to Portland. And we were on our first day which was very cool.
We have met many people who are very interested in what we are doing and we’ve had the opportunity to share with them. People are very interested in why we would do this.
We were very happy to get to our hotel tonight. We don’t have wi-fi so we are not sure when we will post this.
Safe but lengthy flight to Portland. Very beautiful here and no heat or humidity....sweet. Picked up our bikes and got them ready to ride tomorrow and organized all our stuff. We took our suitcases to a thrift store but we have not got the air horn & pepper spray yet.
We went down to the waterfront tonight to walk around and get dinner. We are beat and will sleep good tonight. Looking forward to riding tomorrow.
We will be leaving tomorrow and flying to Maine. We have an early flight (6:40am) so we will be staying at the airport tonight. We have most everything packed in our panniers which will be packed in our 2 suitcases. We must have packed and re-packed the panniers a bazillion times to get the weight even and matched. Beth found a thrift store near our hotel in Portland where we can donate the suitcases as we cannot take them with us.
Since we will be carrying everything – all our clothing (bike & street), tools, spare parts, toiletries, electronics (2 kindles, a net book, GPS [thanks Jason and the family], smart phones, and all the cords that go with them], snacks, etc will need to make sure we are not overloaded. We have cut back as much as we think we can but we still have too much stuff.
When we get to Portland we need to check into our hotel, go pick up our bikes from the local bike store where we shipped them, put everything back on our bikes (lights, bells, compass, bike computers, etc), and go shopping for some pepper spray and air horns to discourage dogs along the way that will go after us. Anytime you ride in rural areas, dogs are an issue and some of them can be aggressive. We will be ready for them.
We will make every effort to post daily but there will be some places where we do not have Wi-Fi.
We want to thank all who have donated to our cause – New Life Solutions.
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Two weeks to go before we fly to Portland, Maine and begin our ride to Key West. We have been training hard but will taper off in 4-5 days so we are rested when we begin. We have had a few challenges while training…..my back wheel popped some spokes and I had replace it as well as the front wheel as they are a set …..can you say cha-ching? Beth’s bike also needed a visit to the bike shop. But we are good to go and ready to do this.
Ready for the cold Maine weather
We have received enough donations to help save 2 babies and are working on a third. It costs approximately $1200 per baby so if feel so inclined to help, it is not too late. We are thankful for the generosity of those who have given.
We will post again before we leave for Maine and then while on the ride. If you leave a comment on the “Blog” page, there is a place to check so that you will be notified whenever we post something.
On the road pictures
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