Day 5 – Bethel to Camp Tapawingo
“To the Top of the Notch…”
After leaving Bethel and heading west, the route turns south to enter the White Mountain National Forest. A long, gradual climb on freshly tarred road, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, takes riders to the top of Evans Notch. After summiting, the route descend into Chatham, New Hampshire, and crosses the Saco River back into Maine at Stow, and into Fryeburg.
Note: The BikeMaine 2015 route continued northeast through Lovell and into Sweden to Keyes Pond and an overnight stay at Camp Tapawingo. Because the camp will not be available to riders looking to recreate the route, riders can instead end Day 5 in Fryeburg, and then begin Day 6 by taking Routes 5 and 113 south out of Fryeburg for 21 miles to Hiram, where the BikeMaine Day 6 route can be picked up at mile 25.62, turning right onto Maple Road/River Road. This change will shorten the total mileage for Day 5 and Day 6.
Mileage: 60 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,514 feet
Located in Sweden, Maine, on Keyes Pond, Camp Tapawingo has one mile of lakefront and 200-wooded acres in the foothills of the White Mountains. This classic Maine summer camp is an idyllic location for a BikeMaine overnight. Enjoy an array of waterfront and traditional camp activities during the day, and at night view dazzling displays of the Milky Way and listen to the eerie calls of loons.
A private, independent girls summer camp, Tapawingo was founded in 1919 and continues to shape the lives of 150 girls each summer.