Acadia's car-free carriage roads (26 miles)
Trip Start Jul 23, 2011
7Trip End Jul 29, 2011
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Notice in all my photos that follow how the mountain remnants (roots) are all rounded by miles of ice pressing down and scouring them over millennia. It makes for interesting surface geology, or at least more interesting than where I live (except for the Potomac Gorge = 15 miles from Great Falls to Georgetown) where there's nothing but the flat deposits of eroded clays and grateful organic detritus that thrives on these ancient deposits of the rivers and air.
In Maine and other northern terrains, distinctive landscapes are carved by ice rather than by flowing water and littered with boulders, some several tons in size. Also, parallel elongated ponds and lakes and even a fjord - the only one on the east coast - are all gifts of the Pleistocene advances
There are 45 miles of carriage roads, built by J.D.Rockefeller, where no automobiles are allowed. During the trip, we used them extensively, along with the Park Loop Road, where drivers are courteous. Riding there is a joy. Ups and downs and curves provide interesting vistas and weather variations provide mists that cloak them from time to time as well. But I saw no moose, no deer, believe it or not, chipmunks, squirrels, snakes, turtles, or any other animal life I can remember. Seagulls and cormorants of course, but no animals to slow my cycling progress along the days' charted courses.
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