But I'm ahead of myself. I was up early as I usually am on a travel day. And, after sending a few last minute emails regarding some issues at the prison, I read the paper and scoffed down a bagel with a cup of coffee. On around 7AM I finished some last minute packing and loaded the bike! My last view of home was Anna in her liesure wear (AKA pajamas) waving good-bye. She was looking hot.
With a full tank I set my sights on McAdam and the crossing into the USA. Before long I was having a chat with the friendly Border Services Officer on the USA and next thing I knew it was time for a butt break. I pulled into Richard's Sports and looked at some of the new bikes as I got the circulation going in my backside!!
With the circulation flowing I made my way over to Wal-Mart and picked up a couple of cans of stew, a lighter and some other odds and ends. I had decided I was going to eat lunch on the side of the road. It was such a nice day and I will be eat out enough over the next 10 days!
A couple of hours down the road (some nice single track pavement and a few gravel stretches for good measure) I came up the rest area beside a lake. Looks good to me. I pulled in and no sooner had my helmet off and I heard a Loon call. Awesome!!
I passed about an hour eating and watching the loons and just as I was packing to leave a mom and her teenage daughters pulled in to walk their dogs: a golden and a chocolate Retriever on one leash... not something I want to do anytime soon!! And you think Sandy pulls when she sees people Anna... you should have seen these two!! It took the Mom and daughter to hold them back!!
I was making better time than I had expected. I had sort of, kind of planned to stay in Bingham, Maine. I had scouted a motel and everything... but I just wasn't ready to stop... when plans change that's when mistakes are made!
I switched onto the route for the 2nd leg on the GPS and it started taking me northwest... that's wrong I thought... but I kept going - thinking there would be a turn more westward soon... No joy. I ended up turning around and scooting back to Bingham and connecting with Hwy #16 again.
I made a few little side trips: following the Kennebec River Road for a while and then a run up to the main SugarLoaf Lodge... coming on 5PM I was getting kind of tired and needed a place to stop. I briefly considered taking time to find out how much a room would be at SugarLoaf... but figured it wasn't worth the energy to get off the bike - too much money!! I passed through Coplin Plantation and there were a few options there - but they all looked just a little too compact for me. I wanted some space.
With my belly full I headed next door to see what was available for local beer. I was not disappointed. Six different Maine Made craft beers snuggled into the saddle bag for the ride back to the Inn. Heres to hoping I stay awake long enough to enjoy a few of them!!
So far I have had the Shipyard Brewing Company's Summer Ale. Very nice! If the rest are as nice as this one I will sleep well this evening!!
I finished that one as I type the blather above and now I am on to the Chamberlain Pale Ale... Shipyard could stand toe to toe with the Pumphouse Brewery in Moncton. This is some good beer!!
As I reflect on the day, me thinks that some beer will be needed in Ottawa! As I was driving I began to ponder the myriad number of proposals and policy changes that are before the General Council as it begins its meeting on Saturday... choosing the "right" path is as difficult as choosing the "right" path in the maze of roads in the north woods of Maine! Me thinks that it will be important for the Council to "know where it hopes to be" as it makes choices in regards to the various proposals - realizing that "where we hope to be" may not in any way shape or form resemble where we end up...
It will be essential as we are together to listen deeply for the wisdom that is among us and between us, and to realize that our responses, our choices are contextual and when the context changes, so too may our choices.
As much as I dread the work of General Council I am very much looking forward to connecting with colleagues from across the country and being reminded of what a diverse and committed group of people this United Church is!
On the Sabbath Road...
Tomorrow is my birthday. 47 years old. Last year I spent my birthday on the road as well: travelling from Colorado, across Kansas and into Missouri (http://sabbath-road.blogspot.com/2011/08/day-58-on-long-lonely-roads-and-being.html) To steal some wisdom from last year's post: "It was a long day... but a good one. The
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