Third Corner...can you see Key West from here?

Trip Start Aug 12, 2009
Trip End Sep 11, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We got up at about 6:00 again this morning and out the door by 7:00.  The weather started out cool and overcast but we never saw a drop of rain again.  The winds were very strong but at our back for the first 150 miles.  We got some great mileage.  We stopped at a nice restaurant after about an hour of riding and got our first (and last hopefully) French lessons.  The server was nice but the menu was in French and the server only spoke very broken English.  You'd think we were in a foreign country....  We got our first good animal scare today too.  A young deer was standing at the edge of the road as we were passing a semi-tractor.  We were on the brakes hard as was the truck driver and the deer decided going back into the ditch was a better decision and we agreed!

As we neared the border, we rode on one of the few two lane roads of the trip.  There was a lot of construction but traffic moved well and was very light.  There is not much out there and therefore little traffic.  It is pretty country looking much like the upper Midwest.  There are a lot of farms, rolling hills and water abounds.

We rode across the US border at Madawaska Maine at about 11:00am today and got to our checkpoint a few minutes later.  We were delayed, not due to normal border traffic but because they decided to search our bag, bikes, etc.  The good news is that they declined the obligatory cavity search (eeeewww).  After this little experience, we got to the Four Corner's Park after a quick fill-up on gas and it is wonderful.  We spent quite a bit of time there and shot a lot of pictures.  The folks of Madawaska are VERY FRIENDLY and love bikers. 

We got to the Post Office to send our documents in and met Glenn Bailey there.  He is a retired postal worker and offered to shoot our picture.  It may be the only combined shot we get on the trip.  He also told us to look over the bulletin board at the Post Office which honors Four Corner's Riders.  We stopped at the local Harley Davidson dealer and bought our Four Corners T-shirts.  They even gave us a certificate for completing that corner at the dealer.  After all this, we were on way again headed south for a change.  Boy, that nice wind at our backs was now coming to haunt us.  More on that later.
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