Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts by our guest blogger and Portland Press Herald BikeMaine 2014 contest winner, Mike McDermott. Mike will be blogging throughout the summer, sharing his experiences as he prepares and trains for BikeMaine 2014.
Don’t get me wrong – I love summers in Maine. They don’t call it ‘Vacationland’ for nothing, and I’m lucky enough to live here where both the mountains and coast are in easy reach. But about his time in the summer, after we’ve had a few of those hot muggy stretches, it isn’t unusual to start finding myself looking forward to fall. Maybe it has to do with growing up in Hawaii where I didn’t experience autumn, but New England in the fall is just a perfect combination.
This year in particular I’m starting to look forward to September because it means the BikeMaine ride. I’m sure the organizers had a lot to consider in choosing the dates for the ride, but I am so excited that it will be happening in early September. It is one of my favorite times – the days are usually warm, but less humid than July or August. The nights cool down just enough that a sleeping bag in the tent will feel great. There is usually a tree or two that jumps the gun on the fall foliage color change and puts out a blaze of red, orange or yellow.
For a few years when my sons were old enough to camp but not yet in school we used to plan a camping trip the weekend after labor day. We’d go to a lake in the mountains and be able to swim during the day, but then huddle around a campfire after dark. They are some of my favorite memories, and they are what I think of as I look forward to cycling and tenting this coming September for BikeMaine.
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