Niles Barnes and Jacob Dolan are riding the Greenway between our events in Maine. Here they get ready to start things in Calais after a ceremony at Wabanaki Culture Center.
Molly Henry, our New England coordinator, finds blueberries on the ride just outside of Machias, Maine, headed for Ellsworth.
We talk all day with visitors to our table at the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront in Maine, and Dennis gives a few welcomes from the stage.
A hilly day's ride from Bangor to Augusta with some amazing views along the ridges — who knew Maine has mountains? Niles and Jacob got in 84 miles — and we won't count how many flats.
Four cyclists ride from Augusta to Brunswick, Maine, where we host a late-afternoon paddle on the Androscoggin. Jacob reports, "Terrific weather for a 75-mile ride along the Kennebec and Androscroggin Rivers. We climbed just over 4,000 feet today, so not too bad. The route was lovely with several great greenway stretches along the rivers."
Mary Beth Powell, our River Relay program manager, and Molly got in a quick paddle first thing this morning, then Niles and Molly and Jacob biked from Brunswick to Portland, Maine. "This was a beautiful stretch of the trail," Jacob notes, with wild turkey sightings and another blueberry stop. "Rolling toward Portland, the little bedroom communities begin to connect so that you pedal through a charming array of little towns and past some stunning waterfront homes. Once we made it to Portland over some lovely bridges, the Greenway curled around the water, keeping us agog with great views and sharing the trails with so many other users even at mid-morning on a Tuesday."
Our team attended a community meeting last night on improvements to the Cousins River Bridge on Rt. 1, part of our route. Early this morning, we greeted 30 bird watchers and hikers at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center to take a walk through the marsh with partners the Eastern Trail Alliance, Maine Audubon, and Friends of Scarborough Marsh.
25 years, 50 rivers, 1 Greenway: To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we're hosting a 3,000-mile, 68-day birthday party — the East Coast River Relay. The series of public events began August 24 in Calais, Maine, and follows the Greenway to end in Key West, Florida on October 30.
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