Day 3 – Bridgton to Bethel
“Heading for the Hills…”
Today’s route is relatively short, but the magnitude of the hills increases as one moves west. The views after leaving Bridgton hint of the fun to come. The route passes through Lovell, along Kezar Lake, then skirts the White Mountain National Forest, home of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range, through Stoneham to North Waterford. After a big climb of the day, Cummings Mountain, the route descends to the Albany Town House and a fairly flat ride through wetlands to Bethel.
Mileage: 45 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,664 feet
Bethel offers the tranquility that comes with small village life along with the convenience of modern amenities. Residents and visitors alike cherish the town’s historic buildings and walkable village with shops, galleries and fine restaurants. Bethel is the perfect BikeMaine 2015 layover community with its lightly-traveled scenic roads and many recreational and cultural activities.
Bethel was first settled in the late 1700s and grew rapidly after the Revolutionary War. With good roads and the arrival of the railroad, the largely agricultural Bethel developed into a fashionable summer resort. Visitors can enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more on the many lakes and rivers; nearby mountains offer a wide range of hikes of various lengths and difficulty; and roads and trails provide hundreds of miles of on- and off-road biking and mountain biking. For those interested in a round of golf, there are two premier 18-hole golf courses in gorgeous mountain settings. Moose spotting tours are offered at dawn and dusk for visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of North America’s largest land mammal.
Day 4 – Bethel – Layover Day – September 16, 2015
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