Travel by Air
Bangor, Maine — Bangor International Airport
This is the nearest major airport, located approximately 12 miles from Orono. If you arrive in Bangor on Friday, September 6, you may want to consider staying at Holiday Inn – Bangor, which is accessible from the airport by shuttle service. BikeMaine has reserved a block of rooms at a price of $94.00 per room, which includes breakfast, provided the room is booked by June 30, 2013. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling them at 207-947-0101 and mentioning BikeMaine to obtain a discounted room.
BikeMaine will be operating a complimentary shuttle between Holiday Inn-Bangor and the BikeMaine Village in Orono on Saturday, September 7. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1 to arrange for shuttle transport.
Portland, Maine — Portland Jet Port
The Jet Port is about a 2-hour drive from Bangor. The most convenient ground transport from Portland to Bangor is by bus. The bus terminal in Portland is accessible by shuttle from the airport, and once in Bangor, there is convenient taxicab transport to Orono High School, the site of BikeMaine Village. If you intend to use bus service, you’ll want to conduct an online search of bus options and schedules that coordinate well with your flight plans. Though buses run from Portland to Bangor, the number of runs is limited.
Boston, Massachusetts — Logan International Airport
is the largest international airport in the New England Region. The most convenient transport from Boston to Bangor is by bus. Bus terminals are accessible to the airport, and once in Bangor, there is convenient taxicab transport to Orono High School.
Travel by Car
BikeMaine and the Town of Orono have arranged vehicle parking for the week at a monitored parking lot for a nominal fee. Detailed information about parking location, cost, security, and registration will be sent directly to each registrant.
For those wishing to ship their bike, Rose Bike in Orono has agreed to receive and store bikes for up to two weeks prior to the start of BikeMaine and deliver the bikes to the BikeMaine Village on September 7. Rose Bike will also store your bike box for the week and, if you make arrangements to drop the bike off at Rose Bike at the completion of the ride on September 14, they will re-box and deliver your boxed bike to UPS for prepaid shipping home. Rose Bike is available to assemble and disassemble your bike for a reasonable fee — $40 for assembly and $25 for disassembly and boxing.
Capacity for assembly and disassembly is limited. If you believe this is a service you’ll want or need, you are encouraged to make a reservation with Jim Rose by August 1st to ensure your bike is given highest priority and is ready for the start.
Please contact Jim Rose directly to make arrangements at email@example.com or by calling Jim at (800) 656-3525.
Arrivals and Departures
You made it! After months of training, planning, packing, and then trekking to central Maine on the cusp of foliage season, you’ve arrived in Orono. Now what?
Orono High School
14 Goodrich Drive
(Goodrich is just west of Main Street in the center of town.)
Saturday, September 7, 2013 — noon until 7:00 PM
Temporary parking is available at the high school to unload bikes and gear, and to check-in. Once checked-in, those needing long-term parking may take their vehicles to a monitored long-term lot, located about 2-miles from the school, and park for the week for a small fee that will go to the service organization providing the parking and monitoring services. A free shuttle bus will transport drivers back to Orono High School where you’ll find the Orono version of BikeMaine Village and the camping area.
PLEASE NOTE: All riders must check-in on Saturday, including local riders. There will be no Sunday morning check-in.
At check-in, after you complete some final paperwork you’ll receive your official number, your BikeMaine bracelet, luggage tags, and official BikeMaine T-shirt. You will need to put your number on your bike and helmet. Be sure to place luggage tags on your bag(s) as this is your bag’s passport onto the luggage transport vehicle each morning. Also, keep your bracelet on throughout the ride — this is your ticket to meals, campsite space, and nightly entertainment.
If you know you’ll be late, contact BikeMaine in advance of registration day to make alternative registration arrangements. Otherwise, best to give yourself plenty of time to arrive during check-in hours (before 7 p.m. on Saturday) so that you’re completely settled and oriented before the big start on Sunday.
You’ll become part of the historic Inaugural BikeMaine start-to-finish group when you cross the finish line located on the University of Maine campus on September 14th. A celebratory lunch will await you, along with your bag(s) and shower facilities (located near the finish on campus). You will have the option of either biking the 4 miles to the long-term parking lot to pick up your car or taking a relaxing shuttle ride to the parking lot then coming back to the campus to pick up your bags and bike. Either way, plan on having one last luncheon with your BikeMaine friends before heading out!
If you will be needing a ride to the Bangor International Airport on Saturday, please let Zach (Zach@bikemaine.org) know by August 1st and we will see what we can do to accommodate your schedule.
Day-By-Day Course Descriptions
Welcome Day – Saturday, 9/7/13
– College Daze
We gather on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Orono, home to the flagship campus of the University of Maine, and a town in full celebration mode welcoming students back with Festival Day. Take a spin after setting up your tent to make sure your bike is ready to go (mechanics are available) and then kick back with a specially brewed BikeMaine beer, meet your new biking companions and join in the festivities.
Day 1 – Sunday, 9/8/13
– You Can Get There From Here
- Orono to Dover-Foxcroft
- 70 miles (a modified route of 61 miles is available)
- Flat early then a series of short hills
- 3,495 feet elevation gain
The ride starts through the University of Maine campus and then traverses Maine’s first official bicycle trail, connecting Orono to Old Town. After passing along the Penobscot River we head west on the flattest terrain of the entire ride. We’ll have lunch in Milo, the “town of three rivers.” As we approach the highlands, short hills come in waves and the views open north toward Katahdin. Then it’s on to Dover-Foxcroft via Brownville and Sebec over a series of hills. The final ten miles gently flow along the Piscataquis River.
Day 2 – Monday, 9/9/13 –
From Mountain to Sea … Eventually
- Dover-Foxcroft to Belfast
- 69 miles (a modified route of 62 miles is available)
- Small hills, punctuated by a few attention-grabbers
- 4,806 elevation gain
We start south through the heart of interior central Maine. Mostly small hills characterize today’s route, with periodic interruption by several significant climbs – and descents. We’ll ride through rural communities like Garland, Stetson and North Dixmont on our way to Belfast. Lunch is in tiny Dixmont, and we’ll camp for the night alongside Penobscot Bay.
Day 3 – Tuesday, 9/10/13
– Penobscot Bay Pedal Into History
- Belfast to Castine
- 73 miles (a modified route of 52 miles is available)
- The most challenging ride of the week
- 5,202 feet elevation gain
By the numbers, this is the most challenging day of the week, with spectacular scenery to balance and boost spirits. We spend the first 23 miles on U.S. Route One with its wide shoulders and little early morning traffic. First stop is historic Fort Knox on the Penobscot River and the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory (tallest public bridge observatory in the world at 420 ft. and a must see). We leave Route One to explore one of Maine’s best kept secrets – the Blue Hill Peninsula. Lunch is in Blue Hill. The sea level and elevated coastal views on the second half of this day’s route will take your breath away. As you arrive in Castine, be ready for a memorable welcome. Camp tonight is within the boundaries of historic Fort George.
Day 4 – Wednesday, 9/11/13
– Roll with the Rusticators
- Castine to Bar Harbor
- 62 miles
- Rolling hills
- 3,870 feet elevation gain
We leave historic Castine and cut east across the Blue Hill Peninsula — new roads and vistas, and same rolling terrain that forms the granite backbone of this area. The route skirts downtown Ellsworth and follows the Union River and Bay before cutting over to Trenton and onto Mt. Desert Island. On MDI, we take some less traveled roads before joining a portion of the Park Loop Road where we will make a final climb with great views of Frenchman Bay and Bar Harbor before descending into town for a much-deserved two night stay close to the heart of the village.
Day 5 (REST DAY) – Thursday, 9/12/13 –
So Many Choices, So Little Time
- Bar Harbor layover
- As many miles as you want -or none at all
- Optional Ride – Cadillac Mountain Ascent (Acadia National Park), Schoodic Point scamper or the full Park Loop Road
Consider starting your “rest” day with a ride up Cadillac Mountain to catch sunrise. After breakfast in town, you can choose to hop on a mountain bike (local discount rentals have been arranged) to ride the remarkable Carriage Trails of Acadia National Park; travel by boat with your own bike to Schoodic Point and ride along this northern section of Acadia National Park; or stay on Mount Desert Island and ride the beautiful Park Loop Road with a stop at Jordan Pond for lunch. So many great ride options … or stay off your bike completely, shop in Bar Harbor, hike the many trails in Acadia, check out the carriage trails, sea kayak (generously provided courtesy of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine) or whale watch. The day ends with a classic lobster bake at a former private estate on the water in Bar Harbor.
Day 6 – Friday, 9/13/13
– Camp Night
- Bar Harbor to Bangor YMCA’s Camp Jordan (Ellsworth, ME)
- 69 miles
- Gentle rolls on mostly quiet roads
- 3,808 feet elevation gain
This is a reasonably flat day (for Maine) traveling off Mount Desert Island on a different and quieter route, then onto busy Route 3 for approximately five miles before returning to rural roads. We’ll have a short section on U.S. Route One to Sullivan before heading away from the coast in lakes country. Lunch is in Eastbrook. Our final ten miles today is on Route 1A before we head into Bangor YMCA’s Camp Jordan for all sorts of activities alongside Branch Lake.
Day 7 – Saturday, 9/14/13
– Giddy-up to Orono
- Bangor YMCA’s Camp Jordan (Ellsworth, ME) to Orono
- 57 miles
- A victory lap ride
- 2900 feet elevation gain
After all our miles this week, today will seem like a warm up ride (almost). After leaving camp and skirting Ellsworth, we travel up the west side of picturesque Graham Lake before heading across country on rural roads past places like the Springy Ponds. We’ll cycle a short stretch on Route 9 that is low speed and less hilly than the rest of the Airline (with one notable exception). We then follow the Penobscot River upstream from Eddington to Old Town for the final spin into Orono and a celebratory harvest lunch.
Congratulations – you’ve just made history and completed the inaugural BikeMaine!
Day-By-Day Course Maps
**Please note routes are subject to change, due to unforeseen road conditions.
Day 1 – Orono to Dover-Foxcroft
Day 2 – Dover-Foxcroft to Belfast
Day 3 – Belfast to Castine
Day 4 – Castine to Bar Harbor
Day 6 – Bar Harbor to Camp Jordan
Day 7 – Camp Jordan to Orono
To expedite your check in process, please review the following forms, print, sign and date the forms and bring them with you to the check in on September 7th. If you forget to bring the forms, BikeMaine will have forms available on site for you to review and sign, but it means your check in process may take longer.
For Riders and Rider Guests who plan on parking a car in Orono for the week, you will need to sign the parking waiver and pay a $15 parking fee for the week. The parking fee will support the Orono Fuel Assistance Program, helping families in need with the purchase of home heating oil during the long winter months.