Saturday, July 20, 2013

Portland, Maine

Today I made it to the Atlantic Coast

Traffic here is unbelievable.  Too many cars, too many left lane hoarders and did I mention that it was nearly 100 F.    We started early this morning just south of Hartford, CT and arrived around 3pm

We took the scenic route north on Hwy 1 and ended up at the very popular Ogunquit Beach

Before long we ended up at our destination for the next few days.   Traffic was very challenging and I have to tell you now to not believe everything that Karen may write about our episodes today.    Suffice to say that the roads are not straight and traffic was unforgiving, and it was hot and humid.   Your GPS may lead you to your correct address but does not always tell you which lane to be in and decisions have to be made on the spur of the moment

I recognized the driveway as we were approaching and also scooters were parked on the street to guide us in

Here is our host for the next few days

   Mike, author of  Scooter for Fun

As luck would have it there was another blogger preparing food in the kitchen

   Thomas, author of  Scooter by the Sea

This was the first time that I have ever had home-made Lobster Rolls

This is the first time that I have ever been to Portland, Maine and we were made most welcome by Mike and BRW.   More adventures to follow as we are going on our first group ride in the morning


  1. Bob - What happens in Maine, stays in Maine!

  2. So cool that you made it to Maine to hang out with the very famous Mike and Thomas! And we can't forget the BRW!!

    1. Trobairitz:

      You've got friends here too, just come on over . . .

  3. Replies
    1. Deb:

      anytime you get riders together, you always have a good time. and there's always food involved too

  4. What an incredible journey you are on! Some day maybe hubby and I will be able to do a trip like this!

    1. Pam:

      I've never done this before, then I thought if I don't do it now, then WHEN ? who knows what the future may bring or how long your health will hold. I took unpaid time off to allow more time.

      sorry we missed, ran out of time. perhaps we'll see on my return route

  5. Keep going 3000 miles and I'll treat you to a Cheshire cream tea with homemade scenes and raspberry jam!


    1. Nikos:

      I just need the Wunderlich snorkel FI module and scuba suit

  6. Extreme super slab, heat and traffic. Much respect for your endurance and determination. Wife and I would not have made the progress you have in those actually in any conditions. Maybe 300-400 km a day, back roads, low speeds for us. Congratulations on finally getting to enjoy lobster in Maine.

    1. Paul:

      this was the reason I bought the Beemer. My Vstrom would be struggling at 80mph all day with high RPMs

      I can't do 500 miles every day, but once in a while but I can maintain 350-400 miles a day

  7. Homemade lobster rolls! It doesn't get much better than that. It sounds like a great trip so far and you're just getting started.

    1. Richard:

      My real trip started when we headed north from Portland, ME. Being so close we just had to meet Mike, BRW & Thomas. Kevin and Tina were just bonus's

      a full lobster dinner is quite expensive, but I think I may try one before we head home. Maybe when we hit Shediac, NB, which is the Lobster capital of the world

  8. Quite the accomplishment, Bob! Sounds like you had to work a lot to cope with the heat and traffic. You should be very proud of your self. And, same for David and Karen too!

    The left lane hoggers are all across North America, but I think are particularly frequent in the East. If they would stop doing that and also leave more space, I would guess a given road could carry twice the number of vehicles. But, that's never going to happen.

    Around Toronto, the 401 is 3 or 4 lanes wide, so left and next to left lane hoggers can form a moving obstruction - and might be trucks. Across the city, trucks can't use the left lane or this would be intolerable. But, just outside the city, it's a free for all.

    It is July and heat and humidity is expected. I think you have done superbly well. You and friends deserve a few days off.

    When you know, could you provide a rough idea of your plans from Maine? I'd like to figure out where / when we might meet on the Western leg. And, if you want to avoid the Chicago traffic, do consider my earlier suggestion of 401-Sarnia-Muskegon-fast ferry- Milwaukee-Madison and a number of options from there. Or, back across the Trans Canada. Past Winnipeg, you could continue or branch north along the Yellowhead route - very rural compared to the I-90 experience.

    Just to clarify - Sarnia is in Canada, north of Windsor & Detroit, and you do not have to go via Detroit. You leave the 401 just west of London and head to Sarnia direct. I left my house at 4am and checked into a motel in Madison by 7pm or so. Rained all day too. Ferry was a smooth ride, a welcome break.

    As a bonus, you would be welcome to our guest room.

    Keep having fun, don't get exhausted. Well done!

    1. Ed:

      haven't planned my route home yet. May even think about north of Superior and then south to Duluth. I did drive across Canada twice (back and forth) but it is more expense than the US routes

      Lots of time to think about this