Back to the city! Portland Maine is nestled beside the Atlantic Ocean in a cove and is the largest city in Maine! It is a state known for lobster, it has 3,500 miles of coastline, has many haunted inns and light houses, 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 6,000 lakes and ponds, 1.3 million people living in Maine, it has a summer average temp of 70 degrees and a winter average temp of 20! What a beautiful place!
Back to Portland, the largest city in Maine….the population? Only 66,318 people! Ian I rode to Portland in about 2 days from Burlington. Camping, waterfalls, beautiful rivers and lakes to swim in of course. We usually eat berries, apples, peanut butter, grits and cheese (once we get riding we stop and cook), and we drink mate! It is always nice to split up the day with breaks and to split up the cities with nature.
I checked out the different Farmers Markets of Portland on Wednesday in their town center and in a big park there was one as well, Saturday. I decided to paint faces and do it for trade of veggies, cookies, or dancing and singing. Here is a look at some of the different faces that turned out. I had a lot of fun doing it, and for sure will develop the face painting skills.
We did a lot of “Bicycle Benefits” work while in Portland. Speaking to businesses, getting in touch with local people and encouraging people to ride bikes, and just getting people excited about making more of their shopping trips by bicycle. Above is the flyer we had for a “Bike In” which was a drive in but for bicycles! We watched a movie and it was a potluck as well!
While in Portland we decided to do a little project called “Get Pumped Up Portland” where we painted some pumps around town and here is a little mural on a hand rail that I painted outside of Arcadia National Bar which is a bar that has video games, pin ball machines, and other arcade games as well as a bar. The owners Ben and Dave are lovely, Ben is from Seattle and Dave is into Camp like I am. It was a great experience sitting outside the bar downtown Portland and hearing everyones reaction to the piece and to me painting. It was all positive.
I love Warmshowers, I talk about it all the time but its an organization that helps touring cyclists with a warm shower, bed or yard to sleep in, and typically they are the most amazing people I have ever met. Many of them have toured and its a tight community of really accepting and trusting people. Here we had the bike in movie and our hosts, Luke and Emily are getting married in 3 weeks but still agreed to host us for 1 week! What an amazing couple, they commute to work and are really into cycling. Emily toured from Vermont to Louisiana and actually wrote a book about the experience. Really amazing couple that took us under their wing for a long time there with delicious dinners and a beautiful garden!