Day 7 – Be The Twig!

Eliot, ME to Andover, NH

68 miles

The hardest part of embarking on Day 7 was not the prospect of daunting hills, but rather the regret of having to leave such a gorgeous part of our country and the company of our amazing hosts. Megan and Eric—we don’t know really how to tell you how thankful we are for your hospitality, and more importantly, newfound friendship!

But, the show must go on, so we packed up, pumped some fresh air in our tires, and hit the road.  It was our first day that we did not have a specific end point. We just knew we had to get as far as we could, so that Day 8 would be as “easy” as possible.  We chose Andover because Tracy had stayed here on her Bike & Build trip and it had left a great impression. Andover is not a large town (~2,000 pop.), and we were hoping to find just a safe place to camp by the end of a long, hard day. We tried a new approach to attacking the terrain—each individual (with 2 pairs staying closer to each other) would pound out as many miles as possible and than reconvene at a specific hour down the road. Some weight was adjusted to make things easier on the hills for our camp cook, Sara (who packed an entire kitchen), so Caroline took on some extra pounds—penalty for bragging about how light she packed and what a great minimalist she is!

Hours flew by, and soon enough it was time to find a place to sleep.  While waiting at a meeting spot, Caroline and Tracy realized this could be tougher than anticipated. But, someone was listening to silent prayers, because when Caroline flagged over a truck to ask about nearby campgrounds, she was greeted with two of the friendliest faces in the world, not just Andover, NH. Michelle and Chris, the owners of The New England House Bed & Breakfast (a mere 1.5 miles down the road) said that we could  camp in their backyard…with a heated swimming pool! PERFECT!!! We set up camp, took a brisk dip in the water, then cozied up for a delicious and generous meal with Michelle, her parents, and Chris in the beautiful home.  All in all, Day 7 affirmed the theme of this trip: Be the twig.

Next, it is on to Bridgewater Corners, VT and the Long Trail Brewing Co.

Happy Labor Day to all!


Click here to see more images from our New England House stay with Chris and Michelle

Click here to see more images from our New England House stay with Chris and Michelle


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