Day 6 – Lubec to Milbridge – September 16
The first stop of today’s ride is at Quoddy Head State Park, the easternmost point of land in the continental United States. From there, we head west to Cutler, a charming fishing village that is also home to one of the most powerful very low frequency radio transmitters in the world. We pass through East Machias and Machias, then through Columbia Falls, home of the historic Ruggles House and Wreaths Across America, the non-profit organization that annually makes and places wreaths on all the graves at Arlington National Cemetery. From there, it is a straight shot to Milbridge, where we spend the night on the shore of the Narraguagus River.
Mileage: 73.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,092 feet
Milbridge was settled in 1760 by wealthy ship captains, ship builders and entrepreneurs and incorporated as a town in 1848. For generations, the commercial lobster and clamming industries have played a vital role in the local economy.
Milbridge has an active fishing harbor situated at the mouth of the Narraguagus River. Downtown Milbridge is easily walkable, and has a well-defined, full-service Main Street, with restaurants, grocery store, laundromat, pharmacy, library, historical society, and a medical center. It is an “Incredible Edible” community where people are invited to snack on publicly planted, locally grown fruits and vegetables as they explore the town. Milbridge also is home to the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge office offering information about wildlife protection efforts and amazing seaside hiking trails. Visitors can take a tour boat cruise to observe how lobsters are caught, go whale watching, and photograph islands, lighthouses and puffins.
Milbridge is unique in Maine for its large Latino population, which contributes an array of events, cuisine, culture, and language.
The BikeMaine Village is on the bank of Narraguagus Bay, within walking distance of the downtown.