Sunday, July 21, 2013

Group Ride in Portland, Maine

We were off to a late start after breakfast.  Today was a relaxing day to see some of the local sights


Here we are getting ready to leave.  We have 8 riders on 7 bikes.  The weather today is perfect.  The extreme heat is gone and it is a comfortable 25 C


We take some nice backroads and end up at the Portland Head Lighthouse


Here are our Hosts:  Mike and BRW  (scooter for fun)


and Thomas   (scooter by the sea)

Karen, Thomas, David, Mike, Kevin, Tina, BRW & myself

We managed to take a quick group photo


We also managed to ride to Old Orchard Beach where parking was at a premium


The Pier at Old Orchard Beach.


28 comments:

  1. Wow, what a crowd at the beach! Thankfully, the weather cooled off for you. It was beginning to sound pretty miserable with the heat and humidity. That's a nice group photo. Did you pack a tripod on this trip?

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    1. Richard:

      I took more photos looking to the right. It would be hard to find a clear spot. Parking is nearly non-existant and you even had to pay to use the washroom .50c per use, or $2.50 per day

      I nearly always bring a tripod and remote control

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  2. AAhhh...the beauties of Portland with great tour guides. So fun!

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    1. Lori:

      wished you were here, you and C were greatly missed

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  3. Bob, this is epic! An East Coast Blogger Convention - ECBC. Great crowd. I am so happy for you that this is happening.

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    1. Sonja:

      It's nice to have great friends all over the world and hope that one day you will be able to meet

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  4. Now that is a fine looking group of people....glad that you all get to enjoy cooler, more fun temperatures. It was sounding too much like an endurance contest previously.

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    1. Coop

      after being in stifling heat for nearly 2 weeks, cooler air was welcomed. The plan was always to make it to the Atlantic coast fast, and spend most of my time out here

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  5. Sure glad the weather gave you guys a bit of a break. It looks like everyone is having fun and you have most excellent tour guides and hosts.

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    1. Trobairitz:

      Mike was wishing you both could be here too. The highways are crowded but hardly any traffic on these secondary roads

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  6. Looks like y'all had a hoot!

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    1. Lucky:

      what can I say, we are having a great time with our new friends and didn't want to leave

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    1. Kathy:

      these lighthouse have a different look than those on the West Coast and I think this is the oldest

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  8. thank god you've got cool temps and have rested bob... take care of you, and have fun!

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    1. Ms M:

      I have been staying up too late and I didn't realize it was affecting my riding. I wander when I ride and can hardly keep my eyes open, sometimes. It was nice to have a bit cooler temps, not nice to be sweating all the time

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  9. Glad to see you're having fun! Hey are those the "NEW" "UNUSED" tourmaster pants that you purchased awhile back? Are you liking them? Hope your crocs are getting a good amount of use too!

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    1. Dar:

      I wore these Tourmaster Flex to Oregon last year too, but then I use my JR alter ego when in town. I am really liking these "flex" pants

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  10. What a day! SO happy it is panning out with nice weather for you guys!

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    1. Deb:

      good weather is always a bonus but not so good today

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  11. Hey Bob,
    Looks like your having lots of fun and enjoying yourself and look forward to all the photos and hearing about your Trip.
    Rob (Spyder) Vancouverguy65

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    1. Rob:

      Lots of Spyders out here. We notice them everywhere we go. Lots of trikes too, mainly the HD ones

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  12. The lobster in ME will have you spoiled. It's just not the same anywhere else.

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    1. BB:

      my plan was to have lots of Lobsters but I think I will be lobstered out if I have too many more

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  13. Some people have all the fun. Every day just a bit more envious. Relax and smell the roses (or is that Atlantic ocean air). I love lighthouses and the ambiance of the east coast.

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    1. Robert:

      different terrain, rocky beaches, rugged . . . not much sand on these beaches. Yes, slowing down with not many miles per day. the idea was to savour our time on the Coast and then rush back

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  14. Glad to see you with people, having fun, and you got a break in the weather to boot! Great shot of Portland Head light.

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    1. Kathy:

      the break in the weather only lasted until this morning. Flash flood warnings and torrential rains as we are huddled in our tents. The storm is going where we are headed so we are staying put, for now

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