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BikeMaine 2014: Pedaling the Waterways

Ride with us from September 6-13 as we pedal along rushing rivers, tranquil lakes and the Coast of Maine.  Our 348 mile loop ride will take us the the host communities of Westbrook, Norway, Winthrop, Gardiner, Boothbay Harbor (where we will stay for 2 nights) and Bath.  Supported route extensions are offered on 4 days for those who want to cover more than 400 miles during the week.

  • Three of the six BikeMaine Villages are situated alongside a body of  water.
  • On Days 1, 2, 3 and 6, riders can elect to extend their daily route to include an additional 15 mile supported loop from the BikeMaine Village.
  • Minimum Total Mileage: 341 miles
  • Maximum Total Mileage: 400 miles
  • Minimum Total Elevation Gain: approximately 18,332 feet

For more information, please see the FAQ page.


New in April 2014! BikeMaine is pleased to announce that Summerfeet, a Maine business that supports bicycling, is offering a Lodging Package Option to BikeMaine riders.  Summerfeet will arrange for daily hotel accommodations and shuttle service from the BikeMaine Village, subject to availability.  For more information, please contact Summerfeet.

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Please note that while BikeMaine is willing to make riders aware of this Motel Lodging Option, BikeMaine makes no representation about the service and is not responsible for its delivery.   


Arrival Day
Westbrook

BikeMaine 2014 begins on September 6th in the charming and friendly City of Westbrook, which is adjacent to Portland, Maine’s largest city. Riders and volunteers will congregate in Riverbank Park, located downtown between Main Street and the Presumpscot River.


Day 1 - 2014

Day 1
Westbrook to Norway
“Cycling Sebago Lake’s Watershed”

From our waterfront campsite on the Presumpscot River, our route takes us out of Westbrook in grand fashion and eventually onto the Mountain Division Trail. After leaving the trail, our route heads north, tracing the western and northern shore of the state’s second largest lake, Sebago. The rolling terrain makes for some inspiring cycling. After crossing over the Cumberland and Oxford Canal, the route hugs the western shore of Parker Pond and Pleasant Lake with occasional views of the White Mountains to the west. Gaining elevation as we head towards Otisfield, our reward is a wonderful descent to the shore of Pennesseewassee Lake and on into Norway.


Day 2 - 2014Day 2
Norway to Winthrop Center
“Over the Rivers and Through the Woods”

Our route heads almost directly east from Norway, with the majority of the day’s climbing occurring in the first ten miles. The highlight of the day comes early as we visit the historic village of Paris Hill, a true gem of a time gone by.  Then we climb up and over Hedgehog Hill followed by a rewarding descent into Buckfield. The route levels off and meanders along the Nezinscott River through picturesque towns, including Turner, where we stop for a rest break. We cross the pastoral Androscoggin River between Howes Corner and North Leeds, then head south to Leeds with several scenic vistas along the way.  We head southeast to Monmouth, stopping for lunch and a tour of the delightful Cumston Hall. From there we round Annabessacook Lake and, after crossing Narrows Pond, tackle one last uphill climb to our traditional camp night at the YMCA Camp of Maine on Cobbosseecontee Lake.


Day 3 - BikeMaine 2014Day 3
Winthrop Center to Gardiner
“Circling Maine’s ‘Golden Pond’”

This route heads north from Winthrop Center along Maranacook Lake passing traditional camps along the way before riding through rural Readfield on quiet country roads. Our first rest stop is in Belgrade. We then travel through the famous Belgrade Lakes region (the inspiration for “On Golden Pond”) and around Messalonskee Lake into Oakland, before stopping for lunch at the New England Music Camp. Following lunch, we head due east until reaching the River Road and then travel downriver into Maine’s capital city, Augusta, where we pick up the Kennebec River Rail Trail. The trail will provide a gentle way to end the day, allowing us to pass through quaint Hallowell before bringing us to our day’s destination: Gardiner’s Waterfront Park.


Day 4 - 2014Day 4
Gardiner to Boothbay Harbor
“Downriver to the Sea”

Our ride today begins by crossing the Kennebec River to Randolph, before turning south to Pittston and then Dresden Mills. We head northeast up and over Blinn Hill to East Pittston and North Whitefield. We turn south onto Townhouse Road and stop for a snack at the Sheepscot General Store.   Back on our bikes, we will cycle through rich farmland until we reach the beautiful West Branch of the Sheepscot River.  We follow the west bank of the meandering Sheepscot, crossing to the east side of the river in Lincoln County’s historic Head Tide Village. This is quintessential Maine.   At the southern tip of Damariscotta Lake, the route travels through Damariscotta Mills, home of the state’s oldest and most productive alewife fishery and where the Damariscotta River turns salty.  We trace the Damariscotta River down to Newcastle, where we have lunch along its banks. We keep the river to the east as we travel down the Boothbay Peninsula to the lovely village of Boothbay Harbor, the heart of mid-coast Maine and our home for the next two nights


Day 6 - 2014Day 6
Boothbay Harbor to Bath
“Bridging the Estuaries”

This day starts with a loop around many of the bays surrounding the west side of the Boothbay Peninsula and leading upstream along the Back and Cross Rivers. Although we must ride a few miles on busy Route 27, we soon are back on quiet roads with stunning views of the Sheepscot River, none lovelier than those seen from Fort Edgecomb, our morning rest stop.  We retrace our route around The Eddy, make a short jog south on Route 27, then head north on country roads to Sheepscot. We head west through rural Lincoln County until coming to the east side of the Kennebec River across from Richmond. We follow the river south, stopping in Dresden for lunch at Goranson Farm, and continuing on to Bath with great views of the river and Merrymeeting Bay along the way.


Day 7 - 2014Day 7
Bath to Westbrook
“Bays, Beans and Goodbyes”

Our last day of riding puts us on the Androscoggin Bike Path from Bath to Brunswick, where once again we will be following the Androscoggin River. We’ll ride through downtown Brunswick, past Bowdoin College, and then back onto quiet roads through lovely Pennellville to Maquoit Bay. We ride into Freeport, home of our founding sponsor L.L.Bean, and will stop by L.L.Bean’s new Paddling Center located off of Lower Flying Point Road for a morning snack. We skirt downtown Freeport, instead passing through Porter’s Landing and South Freeport before turning inland to Yarmouth and Falmouth, and to the top of Blackstrap Road.  From there it’s a steady descent to the Presumpscot River and the finish line in Westbrook at the world headquarters of IDEXX Laboratories, where hot showers and a farewell luncheon await.

 

2014 Ride Details

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