Day 6 – Cambridge, MA to Eliot, ME + Smuttynose Brewery

72 miles of riding

quote of the day: “the tandem is the bike of love”

Day 6 pretty much unanimously voted the “best day yet”.  We woke up at 6am in Cambridge and the Rosa family home, and Sara finally got a chance to cook, making custom omelets for the crew and stirring up some left over French fries into hash browns (some ideas work better than others….).    Well, to be honest, Sara, Anders and Caroline woke up.  Tracy didn’t show any signs of movement until almost 7, when she realized she’d set her alarm for the wrong time.  Ooops!  Thus far we haven’t had much of a schedule because, well, its our trip, we can do whatever we want (as the mantra goes) but on day 6 we had some very special guest riders – Matt from 7 cycles in Boston and his wife Susi, and their friend Leslie, who has also biked from Brooklyn in the past week, small world!

After eggs we hopped on the bikes to Matt and Susi’s house in Malden MA, only 5 miles away, fully loaded with gear for the first time in 3 days.   It was somewhat slow going, and we managed to take at least 3 wrong turns but we arrived at their “Tutie Fruitie” house (their moniker) only 20 minutes late (but at 8:20am, which really isn’t that bad…).   Two things made the day especially awesome: the first was that Matt grew up in the area we were biking from MA to Maine, and so we avoided pretty much every major road and were the most beautiful scenic route we could possible take.  The second thing was, Matt and Susi were on a custom tandem bike!  They told us some great stories about touring around the country on their motorcycle and on their tandem.  One especially good story involved a bike ride with hundreds of tandems, plus one guy with a tandem but no partner.  He spent the entire trip asking people to join him on his bike, to no avail.  Too bad he didn’t meet any of us, because we would have hopped on!

We could go on and on about how much we loved the day, and the fact that there we relatively few hills, which made riding with our stuff again very manageable.  Plus, when there were hills, they were rollers, where we learned that riding with an extra 50 pounds adds some EXCELLENT momentum on the down.  Bonus.  Thanks again to Matt and Susi for being our guides through this beautiful part of the country.

Our goal for the day was to get to Smuttynose Brewery in Portsmouth, but we realized they were not open on the weekend. BUT we lucked out because the family we hooked up with to stay with (Megan and Eric Ross, who’s brother Peter is a friend of Sara’s) happen to be friends with Peter Egelston, the owner of both Smuttynose and the Portsmouth Brewpub.  Peter went out of his way to meet us at the brewery at 4pm on a Saturday and gave us very fun and informative tour of the largest operation we’ve seen thus far.  Our very first large scale bottling line!  However, he was also nice enough give us many samples of beer so by the end of the tour we were not that interested in biking the last 11 miles to Eliot Maine.  Lucky for us, the Ross’s happen to have use of a large truck and picked up us and our stuff and took us to their house for a fabulous home cooked dinner of salad and brown rice and tofu.  After two nights in a row of pub food the vegetarian feast was more than appreciated.  Peter had also given us drink tickets for the Portsmouth Brew Pub, but after that long day and settling in at the Ross’s we decided that we were happy to stay in for the night.  Who knew that we would ever turn down free beer???

Click on this image to see more photos from our bicycle parade day!

Click on this image to see more photos from our bicycle parade day!

Guest Riders Leslie, Susi and Matt!

Guest Riders Leslie, Susi and Matt!

Click on this image to see more photos from Smuttynose Brewing Co

Click on this image to see more photos from Smuttynose Brewing Co


 
 
 

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