Pamela Fischer & Scott Spaulding
New Gloucester, ME
What is your favorite memory of the 2013 ride?
We had a beautiful campsite in Belfast and our tent was pitched about 10 feet from the ocean. Going to sleep to the sound of the waves and the scent of the sea after a long day of moving tons of gear was heaven. A close second is the homemade rum ball treats we purchased from a community food sale in Castine, which were a fabulous accompaniment to morning coffee.
Why did you decide to volunteer for BikeMaine?
We have been bicycle travelers for many years now and we want to share the secret of bike touring with everyone. A supported tour like BikeMaine opens the door for a truly memorable, active vacation experience for so many people by taking care of logistics, gear transport, food –everything except the actual riding. It also provides a low impact tourism boost for the communities that the cyclists visit, which we are proud to support. By volunteering, we get the chance to ensure BikeMaine participants are able to focus on enjoying the beauty of the state of Maine, engaging with local people, and having the time of their lives. There is nothing like the triumphant smile of a cycle tour first-timer when they reach the end of the journey. They have made new friends, visited unique places, and conquered challenges. For many, that huge smile means they accomplished something well beyond their expectations. We will never grow tired of witnessing that.
What was your volunteer role for the 2013 ride?
We teamed up to manage the recycling and trash disposal as well as one of the gear transport trucks. We loaded, unloaded and organized a lot of baggage, tents and related equipment, getting a workout as complete as if we had cycled the route!
What are you looking forward to for the 2014 ride?
Meeting the new crop of cyclists and volunteers—all of whom are sure to be the most interesting and enjoyable people on earth.
What about this year’s route excites you the most?
Pedaling the Waterways is an amazing theme for BikeMaine 2014 and the route will showcase a variety of beautiful terrain along rivers, lakes, and the sea. We are excited to learn more about the local history and meet the people of the communities the routes pass through. Even as life-long Mainers who have cycled all over the state, there is still a lot to explore in our own back yard.
Why do you ride a bike?
It’s simple: freedom and joy!
What was your best time on a bike?
There is no bad time on a bike.
Interested in volunteering? Sign-up here.