Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Another edition of the Maine Lighthouse Ride took place on Saturday with about 700 cyclists participating. Although the day started a bit dreary and foggy, the sun was shining by the team many of the 40-milers rolled to the finish at Southern Maine Community College.
Here are a few examples of some of the views along the way.
The start was in view of Spring Point Light, the first of the lighthouses on the 40-mile route.
Just around the corner was Bug Light, a reason to stop the bikes and take photos.
About three miles of the ride was spent on the Eastern Trail.
The trail section is just one of the things that makes this ride unique.
Riders pedal through Scarborough Marsh before turning around and heading back along the trail.
The bridge in the marsh offered some great views - for those willing to stop.
The first rest stop was at Ferry Beach in Scarborough.
The views at Ferry Beach were great, despite the fog.
The second rest stop for the 40-milers was at scenic Kettle Cove.
One of the two lights at the Lobster Shack was worthy of a photo opp.
There were few hills on the route but the one at Fort Williams Park was a tough one.
The iconic Portland Headlight was the final lighthouse along the route. And it was well worth the 38 miles it took to reach it.
The Maine Lighthouse Ride benefits the Eastern Trail Alliance.
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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