Today’s notable attraction (besides the scenery and fall colors) was the Penobscot Narrows Bridge over the Penobscot River.
The left tower in the above photo has an elevator to the observation deck that is 420 feet in the air. It is the tallest public bridge observatory in the world. Where else can you look at views like this?
Also visible was Fort Knox, the first fort in Maine built entirely of granite.
The highlight of the day was rolling into Bar Harbor, Maine and seeing our families (except for Christopher 😢). What a neat surprise!
We were required to place our rear wheel in the Atlantic Ocean. So we did.
- To our spouses and families for their support and encouragement.
- To everyone who commented on this blog. Each and every comment was read and appreciated. The encouragement was especially good. The comments also made for great discussions at breakfast and dinner.
- All of you who followed our adventure on this blog.
- Isaac and Nicole for the use of their van and the great meals.
- Herb for working on the details of this adventure for over a year.
- Chad for bunking with me. Chad was 5 when I went off to school and it was great reconnecting with my little brother.
- Mom and Dad for showing and allowing us to follow our dreams. Dad was a great teacher and passed on his passion for cycling to each of us.
- Camden to Bar Harbor, Maine
- Distance: 90.9 miles (146 km)
- Climbing: 5333 feet (1625 m)
- Temperature: 48 – 60°F (9 – 16°C)
- Total of 4,843 miles (7,794 km)
- Traveled through 17 states and provinces.
- Average of 90 miles per day (145 km)
- Longest day, Day 27, Interior to Murdo, SD, 126.5 miles
- Most climbing, Day 20, Basin to Buffalo, WY, 7,955 feet
- Coldest temperature, Day 7, Baker City, OR, 35°F
- Warmest temperature, Day 19, Cody to Basin, WY, 96°F
- Average cost of food per day (Al), ~$37 per day.
- Average cost of hotel room per person per night, $75
- Flat tires on road, 4 total or an average of one flat for 4,800 miles.
- Tires. Joe and Herb installed new front and rear tires in Maquoketa, IA. Chad installed a new rear tire in Maquoketa. Al used the same pair for the entire trip.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.Mark Twain