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While back in Maine for two weeks one method of keeping the legs spinning includes some cycling on the Acadia Park trails as well as the well paved road up Cadillac Mountain.  All great riding with some fantastic forest and water views to share...

 

Acadia Nat'l Park trails:

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Betsy skirts Bubble Pond and then comes upon some others on the trail:

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A little further up she runs into Bambi...rather than the Mountain Lion, Rattle snake

or Bear we’d bump into riding in CO  

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Jordon Pond:

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Top of Cadillac Mountain:

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Viewing into Bar Harbor:

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Betsy checking back in with the office…from a much better desktop

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Turning around at the top of Day Mountain:

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No, not a waterfall…but looking back down on what we've been riding up:

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Coming down Cadillac Mountain:

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I'm having my post ride coffee in Bar Harbor contemplating why I did not bring the Edge 500 to map all our rides  

 

…ahh what the hell...we’ll be having couple of well earned lobstahs shortly

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Ride well and share your pics!  

post #2 of 11

Nice!

 

 

My family used to go there every summer for a week. In August. I can remember being 10 riding on the "Around the mountain" carriage trail. Pretty sure it went straight up....

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Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post

Nice!

 

 

My family used to go there every summer for a week. In August. I can remember being 10 riding on the "Around the mountain" carriage trail. Pretty sure it went straight up....


Sure bet it was a great adventure at 10...cause it still is at half a century...and don't forget that those trails come down also

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pretty cool pics! the ones makes it look like a super long climbs.

 

Long climbs mean long downhills!

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

pretty cool pics! the ones makes it look like a super long climbs.

 

Long climbs mean long downhills!


I was doing climbing repeats up the Montezuma climb out of Keystone today.  I was really digging myself in a hole and hurting myself up that climb.  I had slobber hanging from my mouth and sweat pouring off of me.   I get to the top on the 2nd time up and I'm wiping the drool off my chin and these 2 old guys sitting there on their bikes look at me and say "now for the good part".  I was thinking...what are you talking about that was the good part...climbing beats descending every time! 

 

Awesome pics DD!! 

post #6 of 11

Great pics as usual Don.  Thanks for sharing.

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a couple of well earned Labstahs?

 

(plural)? I like the way you think. 

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a couple of well earned Labstahs?

 

(plural)? I like the way you think. 


 

Well earned?…plural…who?!…us…WHAT??  


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post #9 of 11

Very nice pics, guys. From the looks of things you must have hit it before the crowds got there. Hopefully you avoided the heat wave we've been having lately, although it does tend to stay cooler there, being on the coast. They say that the water temperature seldom gets above 55 degrees, even in mid summer.

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Bumping it up^ for some new Mainly Cycling views to add... biggrin.gif

 

Captured the following pics after renting some road bikes for cycling about Acadia Nat Park (primarily road loop and Caddy Mtn).  All shots taken right from the road.  One of the most beautiful days we've seen in these parts over the many years of mtn and road cycling back here.  Just perfect.  Huge energy.  Fast spinning.  Hard to keep your eyes straight ahead on the road.  The views out here rival anything we see in the Rocky Mtns...making cycling an equal joy for us while away from CO:

 

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Betsy's reward for spinning a fast ascent:

 

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While a bit blurry on Betsy...she demonstrates you don't have to worry about cars when your coming down 40 mph plus.  However, what you have to watch for coming down is cars going up pulling wide around riders like the guy pictured here.  I had a "touch and go" with something like that going down a bit earlier.  Not only did the car of tourists swing wide coming up but they stayed there looking down at Bar Harbor over their left shoulders IN MY LANE as I few down eek.gif  Some don't realize that folks are cycling the mountain:

 

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Tide heading out:

 

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A "time-out" for a 'Thunder Hole' sequence:

 

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While I look forward to my own bike under me and fall cycling in CO...Betsy and I will try and get some of you out to Maine to cycle (road or mtn) with us when we're back.  Ride well icon14.gif

 

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The views out here rival anything we see in the Rocky Mtns...making cycling an equal joy for us while away from CO:

 

Sometimes we Easterners can start to get a little defensive about our local skiing (and riding) on this board, just because ... well we all know how that West / East thing goes; don't want to open THAT can of worms. Point is that I love to have the upside of my home state validated by people from the left side of the map. smile.gif  Glad you had fun. Next time PM me and if you're in my part of the state we can go for a ride - road or mtb, your choice.

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