Days 3 & 4 – Machias to Eastport (plus layover day in Eastport) – September 13 & 14
From Machias, we head north past Lake Cathance to Cooper, then over to Meddybemps and the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. We weave our way among a series of small lakes through Charlotte, to North Perry and Passamaquoddy Bay, with its views of New Brunswick, Canada. We then ride south through the Pleasant Point Reservation (Sipayik) and into Eastport, the easternmost city in the United States.
Mileage: 59.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,392 feet
The City of Eastport, located on Moose Island, was first settled in 1772, but the Passamaquoddy Tribe, which has a reservation immediately north of the causeway connecting the island to the mainland, has called the area home for at least 10,000 years. Eastport, the easternmost city in the United States, was incorporated in 1798 and has a rich history of shipbuilding, fishing, marine transport and smuggling. This history, coupled with a bustling downtown and ferry access to Canada’s Deer and Campobello Islands, makes Eastport an excellent BikeMaine layover community.
Eastport, the smallest city in Maine with a population of about 1,300, maintains a working waterfront and a downtown historic district that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Once known as the sardine-capital of the world, the city today takes advantage of its seaport — the deepest natural seaport in the continental United States, its fisheries, and its 20-foot tides to create a new economy. There also is a vibrant creative economy, evidenced by the numerous art galleries lining the main street. The revitalization of Maine’s smallest city has caught the attention of the cruise ship business, which now includes Eastport on its list of stops.
The BikeMaine Village is situated in a hilltop field at the intersection of Key Street and Brighton Avenue, less than a half-mile from the downtown.