Day 2 – Jonesport to Machias – September 12
“Life’s a beach…or two!”
No visit to Jonesport is complete without a trip across the bridge to Beals, and that is how we begin Day 2. We then continue our journey east, hugging the coast northward until crossing the Chandler River. At Jonesboro, we head southeast to the remote Roque Bluffs State Park, with its half-mile sandy beach along chilly Englishman Bay and the shallow, warm waters of Simpson Pond. A ride around Little Kennebec Bay finds us pedaling down the Bucks Harbor peninsula to Jasper Beach, remarkable for its astounding array of jasper and other smooth volcanic rocks called rhyolite. We double back to the top of the peninsula and inland to Machias and our campsite along the Machias River.
Mileage: 56.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,061 feet
Machias, the Passamaquoddy phrase meaning “bad little falls,” is named for the powerful waterfall roaring through town. Machias was incorporated as a town in 1784. By the mid-1800s it had developed into a major railroad center for northern lumber operations and was home to eight sawmills, a shipyard, and numerous wood manufacturers, grain mills and other factories.
Today, Machias is home to a thriving agriculture and aquaculture base, the University of Maine at Machias and Down East Community Hospital. Its major industries are blueberries, balsam wreaths, and education, and it is the seat of Washington County government. Burnham Tavern, now a museum, provides information on the first naval battle of the American Revolution, which took place in Machias.
The BikeMaine Village is located along the banks of where the Middle and Machias Rivers meet.