A Gorgeous Sunny Day

Wheel full 70px And here I am, just where I’d planned to make it to yesterday.

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Wheel full 70px I’m headed off on a short side trip to get my shoes fixed.

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Wheel full 70px The glue kinda sorta worked- it never sealed up tight, but it stopped further progress of the front flap separating from the shoe.

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Wheel full 70px The right shoe has more or less stayed where it was.  I’ll be glad when they’re back to spec.

Wheel full 70px Then it’s on to New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Beantown, where I’ll catch a ferry to the tip of Cape Cod.  Stay tuned.

…some rain must fall

Wheel full 70px It looks like my sunny day streak is about to end.

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Wheel full 70px But there’s a promise of better things to come as I approach Boston.

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Wheel full 70px I’ll be at the Center Street Bike Shop in Brunswick, Maine this morning, getting the Surly checked over and picking up a package from home that the shop is holding for me.  Then it’s on to at least the outskirts of Portland.  The last of Maine’s hills should be in my rear view mirror today.

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Dinner Recommendations

imageWheel full 70px I have around 2,500 calories left to consume for the day after eating that Subway sandwich mid-day.

Wheel full 70px What suggestions does anyone have for dinner? I’m near a city, so there’s pretty much any fast food or pizza nearby as an option, or there’s a large market just down the road.  Any ideas?

Wheel full 70px I deal with this situation most every day.  Even though I’m losing weight, I don’t feel like I’m handling it consistently.

Updated Itinerary

Wheel full 70px As promised, I’ve updated the projected dates I will be at various places along my route in the way to Key West based on my taking more time in Maine.

Portland 9/24
Boston 9/28
Newport 10/3
New London 10/5
NYC 10/9
Cape May 10/13
Virginia Beach 10/17
Ocracoke 10/21
Myrtle Beach 10/25
Charleston 10/27
Savannah 10/30
Daytona Beach 11/3
Miami 11/8
Key West 11/10

Wheel full 70px This is about as final as it gets, as I have promised Heather I will be on my way back to Alaska by the end of the second week of November.

Wheel full 70px I will be contacting all the folks who have expressed an interest in getting together as I pass through over the next few days to discuss more specific arrangements.

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Foggy day

Essentials #1

Wheel full 70px I’m beginning to get a handle on the things that, as far as I’m concerned, are “must haves” on my long bike trip.  Mind you, this is because they fit my style of bike touring, so what might be essential for me could be so much dead weight to a different rider.

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Wheel full 70px I use my iPhone throughout my riding day as a bike computer, GPS, map server, and entertainment center.  This would ordinarily run the phone’s battery down in three to four hours.  You may recall that I sent my solar panel home- what was I thinking?  And my Schmidt Dynamo hub has turned out to be great for powering the bike’s front and rear lights but, as for my plan to have it power a USB charging port- well, let’s just say that it was an expensive experiment.

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Wheel full 70px The one thing I got right was my purchase of two high-capacity Anker 20100 storage cells from Amazon.  Each one of these can keep my iPhone going all day and into the next day if necessary, along with charging camera batteries, Bluetooth speaker and my Bad Elf Pro GPS as needed. They charge overnight- taking about 10 hours, and I alternate them so as to always have one ready.  Each weighs about 3/4 of a pound/.3 kg.  They are small enough to fit nicely into my handlebar bag without taking up a lot of space.  I would still buy the power hub again for the bike lights, but for all other power needs these are all I would bring.

Wheel full 70px Highly recommended.

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Rockport, Maine

Local Treats

Wheel full 70px I was a mile from the campground I planned to stay at last night and it was late in the day, but I couldn’t ride by this place without stopping.

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Wheel full 70px It will get a post of its own down the road a bit, but I wanted to show you two of the local delicacies I enjoyed at my picnic table about an hour later.

Wheel full 70px I have a weakness for pickled beets.  Not many other people do, so more for me!

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Wheel full 70px These were particularly wonderful.  They worked maple syrup into the recipe somehow.  Yes, yes.  I did eat the entire jar.

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Wheel full 70px And I washed it down with blueberry root beer.  I figured if I was being bad, I might as well go all the way.  Cheers!