After a relaxing rest day, riders geared up for the trek to Camp Jordan, where they would spend the last night of BikeMaine.
Once again, weather was not on our side, but that never deterred this hearty group of riders. As they continued through Trenton and Ellsworth, riders eventually came to the lunch stop at the Cave Hill Elementary School in Eastbrook, Maine. Here, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine organized a Bike Rodeo where children learned bike safety and handling and the older students went on a ride with a few BikeMaine participants. The school also served some tired and wet riders a tasty lunch. Riders from around the country brought post cards from their hometowns, that children then stuck on a map of the United States.
The Bangor YMCA’s Camp Jordan is situated on beautiful Branch Lake in Ellsworth, Maine. The camp has been serving Maine children for over 100 years and is in the process of transforming into the Bangor YMCA’s Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan. In addition to completing extensive building renovations this summer, the Bangor Y will launch a number of adult and family programs at the Wilderness Center, and promote its use off-season for corporate retreats and special events.
Tired riders had the (very welcome) option of sleeping in one of the camp’s many bunk houses for a small donation. A brave few took advantage of the waterfront swimming and kayaking, but a majority of the riders filled the lodge where they played games and stayed warm and dry. And, for those interested in learning more about Maine’s climate change, adaptation and mitigation strategies, The Nature Conservancy has arranged for George Jacobson, Professor Emeritus from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, to host an informal discussion at 4:30.
After a traditional baked bean and ham “suppa”, the beer garden, operated by Gritty’s, was flying through beer faster than they could tap the kegs! The Jason Spooner Band provided entertainment and and got many of the riders up dancing on their (very weary) feet! S’Mores were created on the indoor fire, and thanks to Jeff Miller, no one went to be hungry.