As riders awoke to dense fog in Fort George (Castine), they packed up camp and headed down the hill to the Maine Maritime Academy for a hot breakfast. They would need all the nourishment they could get as they were about to embark on the fourth day of the ride, heading to Bar Harbor.
After a quick stop in East Blue Hill for the morning rest stop, riders were treated to sandwiches from a local restaurant in Ellsworth for lunch. This stop was located next to a beautiful bit of water and riders continued to enjoy the cool weather provided by the fog. After lunch, the PM rest stop was located in Trenton, just on the other side of the bridge leading to Mount Desert Island (MDI).
Almost as if on command, as riders traversed the bridge to MDI (home to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor), the sun came through the fog and a beautiful afternoon emerged. The route, as much as possible avoids busy Route 3 by following “the back way” into Bar Harbor, first on Route 102 and then across Crooked Road. This streak of lucky weather continued through the evening as riders started to explore Bar Harbor ahead of their rest day. Some thunderstorms and a brief interruption from a helicopter landing the in field adjoining the camp ground (yes, really) punctuated an otherwise sleepy night as riders knew they didn’t need to get up early on Thursday!
Riders were on their own on Thursday as they took part in activities like: a sunrise ride up Cadillac Mountain, exploring the carriage trails and park loop road of Acadia National Park, kayak trips, ferry rides to Winter Harbor and bus tours of the island, and last but not least, shopping in the stores of Bar Harbor.
After a busy day of relaxing, riders came together for a traditional lobster bake prepared and served by the Mount Desert Island Rotary Club on the evening of at the historical ocean-front Maine Sea Coast Mission, with music provided by Steve Sampson and an after dinner program on the Night Sky.
A few storms weren’t enough to keep riders from laying down their heads early in preparation for a long hard ride to Camp Jordan…