By all accounts the BikeMaine visit Downeast was a stunning success. With over 400 cyclists, 75 BikeMaine staff and hundreds of volunteers involved, the winding back roads and small communities along Washington County’s coast were busy for the week of September 12.
Cyclists hailed from 37 states and several Canadian provinces, with some coming from as far away as San Diego and Seattle. The riders, with an average age of 59, rode for a full week and covered 375 miles during the BikeMaine event, sponsored by the Portland‑based nonprofit Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Optional side trips, such as to Reversing Falls, added another 44.5 miles. This year’s event was the fourth large‑scale ride organized by the group, according to event director Zach Schmesser. According to its website, the 5,000‑plus member coalition seeks “to make Maine better through biking and walking.”
EASTPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Cyclists from all over the world are in Maine this week for Bike Maine. Wednesday, they’re in Eastport for a day of rest.
And for businesses along the way, it can be a big boost to their bottom line. Lots of bicyclists can mean lots of business.
Wednesday, all those cyclists have a day of rest after arriving in Eastport on Tuesday.
Throughout the week they’ve visited all types of local spots.. From farm stands and restaurants to art galleries. 400 cyclists from 47 states or countries are riding an average of 55 miles per day, providing a boost to businesses along the way.
And just a few days ago the city of Eastport also welcomed about 8,000 to 10,000 people for the annual pirate festival, which brought in its own influx of tourists. Michael Morse owns a local art gallery in Eastport.
He believes that right now the city is doing pretty well. But he does say the more people they can attract to Eastport, the better.
“Just to get somebody new here somebody that never may have been in Eastport before, to come and see what kind of a great place that we have here its gorgeous its pretty, and we just feel that the tourist industry could help us a lot more and we have been seeing a lot more of it” said Michael Morse a local business owner in Eastport.
“Anytime anyone comes into Eastport it effects a whole lot of businesses and 400 people that’s a great opportunity there you know more outdoors enthusiasts so we hope with this great weather that they’re out and about” said Chris Brown, a local business owner in Eastport.
Thursday, those cyclists are packing up and heading to Lubec.
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Campobello, N. B. (NEWS CENTER) — Campobello Island was the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The 34-room cottage is the centerpiece of Roosevelt International Park.
The Roosevelts were an outdoor family and the house did not have many modern conveniences such as a telephone here. Rather, they sailed, hiked, biked and played tennis during long, leisurely summers.
Historians think that Roosevelt’s philosophy about life, the environment and the less fortunate were shaped at Campobello.
Here he was stricken with infantile paralysis in 1921 and never walked unassisted again. He made just three return visits to Campobello. All while President.
CUTLER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Bold Coast Trail can be found on the state of Maine Public Reserve Lands in Cutler.
The trail runs about a mile-and-a-half from the state highway to the coast and then turns south along some breathtaking views.
After walking another four miles, the hikers arrive at a small campground with just five sights overlooking stunning views of the Atlantic.
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WINTER HARBOR — Toting plates of lasagna, salad and garlic bread followed by apple crisp, 400 bicyclists settled onto the ball field at the Schoodic Institute Sept. 10 before burrowing into their colorful tents for the night.
The bicyclists and dozens of support staff are participating in the fourth annual BikeMaine ride sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a nonprofit with more than 5,000 members. Its mission is to make the state a better place for bicyclists.
Mark Berry, president of the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, said the healthy, outdoor recreation is a nice way to showcase what the area in general, and the Schoodic Peninsula in particular, has to offer.
“Downeast Maine is an extraordinary place with a uniquely valuable natural landscape and attractive communities,” he said.
BikeMaine is the largest seven-day ride in the Northeast and is modeled after successful rides in other parts of the country.
Jonesport, ME (NEWS CENTER) — The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has brought its Bike Maine tour to Washington County’s Bold Coast. 400 bikers from 37 states or countries are riding an average of 55 miles a day.
The tour is designed to put the riders close to the communities through which they ride.
During the week, they will visit local galleries, farm stands and community halls where meals will be provided. There is nightly entertainment and a chance to learn about the towns that are being visited.
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