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Day 1 – Presque Isle to Caribou – September 9
“And they’re off!”
The BikeMaine 2018 route begins by heading east to Fort Fairfield, which is located along the Canada–
US border and features the Potato Blossom Festival in mid-July. From there, we travel north to Limestone, a small Maine community that is home to the #1 ranked high school in Maine (Maine School of Science and Mathematics), the #1 largest industrial park in Maine at Loring Commerce Centre, the #1 ranked best tasting public drinking water in Maine, and the #1 ranked most affordable place to live in Maine. Our final destination for the day is Collins Pond Park in Caribou, the most northeastern city in the United States.
- Mileage: 51.8 miles
- Elevation Gain: 2760 feet
The City of Caribou is not only the most northeastern city in the United States; it sits as the central jewel in the Crown of Maine, Aroostook County. Located 345 miles NE of Boston, Caribou boasts four seasons, three nations (America, Canada, and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs), two languages (English and French), and one fantastic way of life! If you love the outdoors, adventure, and a collaborative community, you will love the 80 square miles that we call home on Day 1!
Although lumberjacks and trappers first came to Caribou in the early 1800s, it wasn’t until 1859 that this corner of The County was incorporated. In the 1890s, Caribou saw an influx of settlers and the establishment of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. This helped create a booming agricultural export business, making Caribou a worldwide name in the potato growing and shipping industries, and cementing our proud farming heritage. Today, Caribou and Aroostook County farmers plant approximately 60,000 acres of potatoes and have become known as the largest grower of broccoli on the East Coast. In addition to farming, Caribou industries include medical, information technology, comprehensive customer care companies, wood products, and some pretty amazing home-grown entrepreneurs!
Caribou is also famous for its weather: mild summers, charming autumns, and impressive winters. If you aren’t familiar with a Northern Maine winter, it should definitely be on your bucket list. Around here, folks brag about below-zero temps, Nor’easter storms, and accumulated snowfall. It’s a challenge to which they rise by and grabbing their skis or firing up their snowmobiles. Did you know northern Maine is home to over 2,300 miles of snowmobile trails? But it’s not all about snow! The trails are all-season – meaning ATV, mountain bike, and even horseback enthusiasts can experience life off the beaten path. Wildlife and untouched wilderness create a world of wonderment! Life in Caribou is an experience you won’t soon forget.
Be sure to spend some time in town and try one of the locally owned restaurants, unique shops, or City events. The summer series, “Thursdays on Sweden Street,” offers live music, food trucks, and craft vendors. The Caribou Days celebration in August combines the local affinity for heritage with community pride, and of course fireworks! From Winter Carnival in February to holiday events in December, you’ll never be bored in the City of Caribou!