May 12, 2013

John Christie: Before the tourists arrive, get a hop on summer via your motorcycle

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The Schoodic Peninsula offers classic views of Maine’s rockbound coast. The one-way loop road along the shore is particularly scenic and unforgettable.

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The one-way loop road along the shore is a never-to-be-forgotten look at what the rockbound coast is at its very best. Like us, you'll be reminded that on another trip you'll want to head directly there so you can spend the entire day in this less-frequented section of Acadia.

Leaving the peninsula, we turn east in Birch Harbor through Prospect Harbor and head down Route 195 for the short trip to Corea -- a real Maine off-the beaten-path fishing village.

Then it's back up to coastal Route 1 and the start of the return trip home. If we've timed it right, our appetites are prepared for a stop at Jordan's Snack Bar just east of Ellsworth where we join the ever-present line (even in May) of hungry fans of this particular culinary treasure house, to get our early-season seafood fix. And you won't go wrong if you pick their fried clams. Huge portions and reasonable prices.

Sufficiently satiated, we get back on the bike for the 90-mile ride home in the afternoon sun. The whole trip, as described, is about 250 miles, that includes virtually everything you can ask for in a day along the coast of Maine.

John Christie is an author and year-round Maine explorer. He and his son, Josh, write in Outdoors about places to enjoy beauty only Maine has to offer. He can be contacted at:

jchristie@fairpoint.net

 

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