TRIP 2015

Update #07 - April 25th
Kittery, Maine
1,597.65 miles (2,556.24 KM) - Year Total

I'm so ahead of schedule. According to the projected route that I had set up before the trip start, I should be crossing into Maine May 16th. Because of this, I'm not going any farther into Maine. My amended plan was to travel North along the Maine Coast to at least Belfast (162 miles (259 km) to the North) and then turn West to Chesterfield and then get on US 2 for the ride across New Hampshire and Vermont.

I've heard that there is still snow up in Northern Maine and also in New Hampshire. US 2 in New Hampshire goes across the state North of the White Mountains. In New Hampshire, I heard that ski resorts in the White Mountains are still open.

I'm not risking it. My plan is to now basically head West in Southern New Hampshire to Keene and then cross the Appalachian Mountains between Bennington and Brattleboro, Vermont. I'll be riding along Route 9. I've done that ride before. This will get me into New York not too far above Albany, New York.

The weather is also a factor. It is really cool up here in New England. I've been wearing my thermal underwear since Darien, Connecticut. It's barely gotten above 60 F (15C). It has gotten down to 33F (1C) at night and the mornings have been around 40F (4C).

Apr 21 : Guilford, CT to Dunns Corner, RI : 62.99 miles (100.78 km)
Trip Total: 1,389.04 miles (2,222.46 km)

I had an okay night at the Comfort Inn. There was a good free hot breakfast. I left the motel a little before 8 am. It wasn't raining but it was quite foggy. I took my time making my way East. A couple of miles (5 km) down the road, I stopped at a gas station for some hot chocolate and to wait out the fog. The fog lessoned up the farther East I got.

In Old Saybrook, I got flagged down by this older gentlemen. He wanted to know about touring since he was thinking about doing it in the Netherlands. We talked almost 30 minutes. We talked about religion. He had a mixed opinion because of what was going on with a sister of his. She was up in Maine and she went to this prosperity gospel church. She got this inheritance about seven years ago and she pretty well went through it giving it mostly to the church. She's about to lose a $240,000 house that is going into forclosure. Before I got back on the road, the guy slipped me a gh of $5.

I had a bit of a time getting over to the bike path that would take me over the interstate bridge to Old Lyme. I got turned around a little bit but eventially I got on the right side road that took me to the bridge. I rode over the bridge. Once across the bridge, I stayed on US 1 instead of taking a more Southernly route along the coast through Niantic.

I had a good ride to New Haven. I was able to find the bike path across the interstate bridge. Between Groton and Mystic, there were a couple of the steepest hills along the Coast. I walked up several of them. There was a steep hill to go down coming into Mystic.

I got into Mystic a little before 5 pm. I found some activity at the American Baptist Church. There were a couple of guys in the kitchen. They were cooking food for some dinner that was going to be going on in a couple of hours. One of the guys introduced himself as being one of the deacons. The pastor was out on vacation. The guy told me about some of the past mission trips but it's not going to happen again since the church has really fallen in membership. It's ironic that the guys while we were in the kitchen didn't even ask me if I needed a glass of water or maybe offered me some of the chili that they were preparing.

I rode through the downtown part of Mystic. It was full of tourists. I rode over the drawbridge. From Mystic, it was a 9 mile ride to Westerly, RI. Along the way, I found this light on a metal stick that would charge up by a solar cell and would then turn on at night. I though that I would at least try it. I fastened it to the top of the flag mast.

I stopped in Westerly for some supper. My original plan was to try and make it to Wakefield before dark. I knew a Methodist minister there. It's been a couple of years that I've been in Rhode Island so I wasn't sure if they would be still there at the church.

In Dunns Corner, I saw some cars at the Presbyterian Church. There was a group of people meeting. It was an ecumenical group coming together for the homeless needs of the community. They had an apartment for families in need and they were making plans to get another apartment. Since the program's inception, they have helped 22 families but they still had a couple more to help. I got to share so I'm counting this as my sixth church. One of the ladies knew the cell phone number of the new pastor and I was given permission to stay in the youth room after the high school got done with their meeting. They were painting the room. I helped one of the ladies in charge of the youth meeting put up a door for one of the closets.

I'm going to make it through Providence tomorrow and I hope to be in Massachusetts tomorrow night. I'm going to be going around Boston on the Western side instead of trying to ride through it.

Apr 22 : Dunns Corner, RI to Plainville, MA : 75.99 miles (121.58 km)
Trip Total: 1,465.03 miles (2,344.05 km)

I had an okay night at the church. There was leftover pizaa to eat. The sofa was comfortable and the room was warm. The only problem was that there were no blinds or curtains in the two front windows. I was able to fall asleep. I got about 6 hours of sleep.

The sun came up around 6 am. I got on the road around 6:30 am. About three miles (5 km) down the road, I got flagged down. It was the husband of one of the ladies that I met last night. He wanted to give me a wooden cross made out of olive wood from Israel and a GH.

The ride North went okay. I got on 1A whenever possible. I took a bike path between downtown Wakefield and Narrangansett. I rode up 1A to Wickford. Even with taking a couple of breaks, I was able to get 38 miles (61 km) by noon. I got on US 1. I stopped for lunch in Warwick.

The ride through Providence was a lot harder than what I had planned. I was hoping to get across the Blacksburg River into East Providence but the two bridges that I could cycle over were under construction. I followed a bike route along the River to Pawtucket. In Pawtucket, I went East and then North on 1A.

I crossed into Massachusetts around 5:30 pm. I stopped at a Methodist Church South of North Attleboro. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot but no church function. I rode on into downtown North Attleboro. I stopped at the First Baptist Church. There was a lady minister and there was a meeting going on. After the meeting, the pastor who was an interim offered to take me to a motel instead of letting me stay in the church for the night. I followed the minister a couple of miles to the motel.I was thinking that the motel was going to be a regular motel but it was a Holiday Inn Express.

Apr 23 : Plainville, MA to Hamilton, MA : 79.80 miles (127.68 km)
Trip Total: 1,544.83 miles (2,471.23 km)

I had an okay night at the motel. The room was really nice and there was a good hot breakfast. I got on the road a little before 8 am. The ride to Concord went okay but there were a lot of hills to get over and ridge lines to cross. I got around 28 miles (45 km) in by noon time.

I got into Concord around 4 pm. I had planned to stop at the Congregational Church but the arrangements had gotten messed up. I had gotten permission to stay in the church for the night but the minister I had talked to fogot to the church secretary before he went on a brief vacation. The other minister wasn't available either. This week was school district's holiday week. There weren't really any other choices of churches. I headed East to Lexington. I rode through the Minute Man Historic Park.

In Lexington, I didn't go through the main part of town so I didn't go past any churches. I decided to take MA 60 East and this would take me to US 1. The ride to US 1 went okay but I didn't stay on US 1 long because the traffic was terrible and there was no shoulder. In Sausus, I decided to go further East and try and get on 1A. I got a little lost on the way to Salem. Somehow, I rode clear into downtown Peabody and then I headed East to Salem. I got into Salem a little after dark. It is good that I took the time to charge up the battery pack last night. There was a big bridge to cross over between Salem and Danvers.

Just passed Danvers, I started to get into the countryside again. There wasn't much woods. I happened to find this Methodist Church coming into the town of Hamilton. I was hoping to find some woods in back of the church but there weren't any. Instead, I found a place to camp out in back on the side. Hopefully, I'll wake up before sunrise to get out of there.

Apr 24 : Hamilton, MA to York Village, MA to Kittery, ME : 52.82 miles (84.51 km)
Trip Total: 1,597.65 miles (2,556.24 km)

I had an okay night camping out even though it got quite cold, I was hoping to wake up before it got light but when I woke up I found out that it was 6:10 am. I quickly struck camp and started to get Alice packed up. I got about 3/4 done when a police officer came around the corner. He was friendly. It turns out that there was a day care in the church and they were getting ready to open for the day. I had Alice packed up in 10 minutes.

The ride North to the NH state line went okay. I stayed on 1A for the ride through New Hampshire. I got into Portsmouth around 3:40 pm. I crossed over the Portsmouth River bridge into Maine. I stopped in Kittery for something to eat. I rode on into York Village. I saw a car at the York Street Baptist Church. The pastor was in. There was an offer to let me stay in the youth room for the night but arrangements were made for me to stay at the house of somebody in Kittery who hosted cyclists before through the Warm Showers program.

The next trip update should be posted sometime between May 09th and May 16th.



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