We only had a short distance to travel today (Monday), and according to both Karen and Mike it was only a 3 hour ride from Portland, ME to Bar Harbor so we accepted the generosity of our hosts to have a good breakfast before we departed
I wasn't looking forward to leaving as we were made to feel very welcome here, like one of the family
but soon enough we had to say our good-byes to our new friends and hope that one day soon we can meet again
I wasn't paying particular attention to Mike's instructions and which roads to take and which to ignore. In fact I didn't even look at the map to familiarize myself with the geographics of which roads we were going to take. My first mistake was not programming my GPS (Garmin Dan's older brother) to ignore Highways.
After leaving Mike & BRW we turned left and then Garmin Dan had other ideas and lead us off track and we had to do a U-turn to get back on track. We went over the bridge and got caught in some backlogged traffic. Garmin Dan said to stay left. I rely on my GPS and usually just follow the purple line. It has not failed me before. We both had our final destination of the day programmed into our units.
At a critical junction Garmin Dan indicated to stay left while my purple line showed a right turn coming up so I changed lanes and my leader didn't follow. I managed to trap myself in major construction traffic and couldn't get out. I also didn't know which way to go as I did not familiarize myself by looking at my maps beforehand. My intention was to just follow my tour guide
My purple line eventually got me back on track and I was rolling down the highway looking frantically for my tour guide but which way did she go. I ended up miles north and took an exit which took me west and I stopped at a gas station for map consultation. I missed the exit for US1 as I did not program ignore highways . . .
after a few text messages and a bit of backtracking we finally got back together.
It's hard to be humble, accept defeat and keep your mouth shut as you are being scolded for not following our original plan which was "to just follow". I now know just how David felt when he was also being scolded the other day by his lane splitting maneuver
The next stretch was my turn to lead and I must say that my GPS got confused when the highway signs said to turn left and my purple line said to go straight. Of course I followed the purple line. But since I got confused I didn't signal my lane change intent and again I got the "evil eye" for not using my signal lights . . .
When I get tired I guess I start to wander back and forth so when I nearly ran off the road into the ditch I stopped at the next opportunity
Maybe I got attracted to the words "bare naked" but anyway it was time for a late lunch and beverage stop. We decided that this was to be our dinner and just eat something light later
Guess who had that large Haddock burger ? This is now my 2nd lobster roll of our trip
We now had to make up time for our 3 hour journey has now turned into a 7+ hour marathon, so Karen took the lead and stepped up the pace and we stopped at this viewpoint for a photo of this famous bridge
and was recruited to snap some group photos. We arrive at our campground late, nearly 6:30p and set up our homes for the night
We are right on the rocky beach
and the sun is nearly setting. Sunset at Bar Harbor, Maine