Route 9 and Beachfront Riding
Trip Start Sep 02, 2011
4Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Where I stayed
Bayley's Camground, Scarborough, ME
What I did
Rode back towards Portland
Now headed south along Route 35 to Kennebunkport, famous for being the vacation home of the elder George Bush. Was a beachfront resort area like Old Orchard beach but less of the cheap motels and carnival atmosphere and more of a sailing and summer house rental kind of place. A local directed me to Walker's Point, which was where the Bush vacation home is
This time, stayed strictly along the coast and mostly along Route 9. Very deserted along the stretch from Kennebunkport to Biddeford. Route 9 is quiet with little traffic but a few cyclists here and there. Went off Route 9 at Fortunes Rock road hugging the coast and passing beautiful beaches and Biddeford Pool. Very scenic. Stopped by Biddeford Pool at a rocky beach. Saw two men out in the distance collecting seaweed in large garbage bags. When they walked back along the road I asked them why they were spending so much time collecting seaweed and in such large quantities. They said it was for a clam bake. The clams are cooked on top of the seaweed, giving them a distinctive flavor.
All along the route along the coast back to Biddeford and Saco was evident the influence of the coast and seafaring in Maine's culture
Met back up at Old Orchard Beach again but stayed along Route 9 instead of the Eastern Trail. Got back up into Scarborough, where I decided to stay the night. Found "Bayley's Camground" this massive, sprawling complex of tents, RVs, pools and ponds along Route 9. Checked in and once again was given a spot of dirt with a picnic table to stay the night. Found the hot tubs and went in for about half and hour. After riding for so many hours in the last two days it was nice to take a dip. There were kids running around everywhere at this campground but that was ok. I thought about having lobster at the campground restaurant but passed. Oh well, maybe some other time for Maine lobster. Went back to my little place deep in the middle of tents and RVs and plopped down for the night. Read for awhile and called my girlfriend back in New York. The temperature seemed to be much warmer than the night before but that soon changed and once again I was cold and shivering. But made it through. Be back to let you know about the next day!