Here For a Year

June 1, 2018

You heard it, some of you suspected it, and it has come to pass… Maine has got ahold of us and we’ve decided to stay for a year. Part of this decision is just because we like it here so darn much, with the ocean, the rocky beaches, the amazing food, and beer, but mostly it’s the people. Maine has an amazing vibe and we decided we want to stay and build some community and recharge our batteries for a little while.

So to catch you up on these last couple weeks…Tony bought a fishing pole and has been strapping his pole and a cooler bag to his backpack which he then gets on his bike and bikes out to the beach while I have the car at work. I have yet to capture a picture of this spectacle but word on the street is a cyclist almost fell off her bike laughing as she went past. After trying some different bait he caught some mackerel, a few of which we cooked and the rest he’s saving to catch some striped bass with! When I’m not working in the evening I’ll go out to the beach with him and bring a book to read, one of my favorite ways to refuel. I’d love if you’d drop any book recommendations in the comments, I’m always looking for a good read!Two weekends ago we also took our Kayak out for a test run on Sebago Lake. There’s nothing about it online but apparently the launch point we went to is part of a two-mile segment of the lake that Portland uses to filter its water from. And although you can launch boats from it there, it is a $2,000 fine for bodily contact with the water. Yikes! We took our chances and paddled around the lake for a while, which was beautiful! But I think next time we’ll be finding a different body of water for our adventures.

The kayak roof rack, we’ve discovered, is rather in the way of our bike racks. So we found an awesome, rear rack for the bikes that not only can hold four bikes total but swings away from the door so you can still access the back hatch. We drove two hours North up the coast of Maine to get the racks from Craigslist and happened upon Red’s Eats, a seafood shack in Bath, ME that is renowned for lines of cars a mile across the bridge. There were only a few people in line so we stopped and got a lobster roll and ate it looking out over the water.While it was a cool experience, the roll was $25 and comprised entirely of Lobster tail meat. I’ve learned the knuckle and claw meat are the most tender and the tail is actually really full of cartilage and tough to chew. I Would highly recommend Bite Into Maine for a lobster truck over Red’s but Red’s is an institution in Maine and they have loads of options aside from the lobster roll that would make it worth a stop if you’re up in that area.

Earlier this week there was some seriously weird bike juju going on. I biked into Biddeford (four miles away) and realized I’d popped my back tire. So I walked the bike all the way back home, found the piece of glass that had done the dirty deed, and drove to the bike shop to pick up a new tire and an extra inner tube.I then drove to work and Tony took his bike out to fish on a beach that was four miles away. He texted me as I was leaving work at 10:00 pm saying he’d just gotten home. He popped an inner tube as he was leaving the house, changed it, got all the way to the beach, caught some fish and then the other tires tube blew, leaving him to walk, you guessed it, four miles back home toting the fish and all his gear. So our bikes are now sitting with their back tires removed thinking about what they’ve done.

Hopefully, our bad bike juju has gone on its merry way, Wish me luck, I think I’ll go make a Gin and Tonic and change a bike tire. I’ll let you know how it goes 😉

To Be Continued…

June 1, 2018

You heard it, some of you suspected it, and it has come to pass… Maine has got ahold of us and we’ve decided to stay for a year. Part of this decision is just because we like it here so darn much, with the ocean, the rocky beaches, the amazing food, and beer, but mostly it’s the people. Maine has an amazing vibe and we decided we want to stay and build some community and recharge our batteries for a little while.

So to catch you up on these last couple weeks…

Tony bought a fishing pole and has been strapping his pole and a cooler bag to his backpack which he then gets on his bike and bikes out to the beach while I have the car at work. I have yet to capture a picture of this spectacle but word on the street is a cyclist almost fell off her bike laughing as she went past. After trying some different bait he caught some mackerel, a few of which we cooked and the rest he’s saving to catch some striped bass with! When I’m not working in the evening I’ll go out to the beach with him and bring a book to read, one of my favorite ways to refuel. I’d love if you’d drop any book recommendations in the comments, I’m always looking for a good read!

Two weekends ago we also took our Kayak out for a test run on Sebago Lake. There’s nothing about it online but apparently the launch point we went to is part of a two-mile segment of the lake that Portland uses to filter its water from. And although you can launch boats from it there, it is a $2,000 fine for bodily contact with the water. Yikes! We took our chances and paddled around the lake for a while, which was beautiful! But I think next time we’ll be finding a different body of water for our adventures.

The kayak roof rack, we’ve discovered, is rather in the way of our bike racks. So we found an awesome, rear rack for the bikes that not only can hold four bikes total but swings away from the door so you can still access the back hatch. We drove two hours North up the coast of Maine to get the racks from Craigslist and happened upon Red’s Eats, a seafood shack in Bath, ME that is renowned for lines of cars a mile across the bridge. There were only a few people in line so we stopped and got a lobster roll and ate it looking out over the water.

While it was a cool experience, the roll was $25 and comprised entirely of Lobster tail meat. I’ve learned the knuckle and claw meat are the most tender and the tail is actually really full of cartilage and tough to chew. I Would highly recommend Bite Into Maine for a lobster truck over Red’s but Red’s is an institution in Maine and they have loads of options aside from the lobster roll that would make it worth a stop if you’re up in that area.

Earlier this week there was some seriously weird bike juju going on. I biked into Biddeford (four miles away) and realized I’d popped my back tire. So I walked the bike all the way back home, found the piece of glass that had done the dirty deed, and drove to the bike shop to pick up a new tire and an extra inner tube.

I then drove to work and Tony took his bike out to fish on a beach that was four miles away. He texted me as I was leaving work at 10:00 pm saying he’d just gotten home. He popped an inner tube as he was leaving the house, changed it, got all the way to the beach, caught some fish and then the other tires tube blew, leaving him to walk, you guessed it, four miles back home toting the fish and all his gear. So our bikes are now sitting with their back tires removed thinking about what they’ve done.

Hopefully, our bad bike juju has gone on its merry way, Wish me luck, I think I’ll go make a Gin and Tonic and change a bike tire. I’ll let you know how it goes 😉

To Be Continued…

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