Sunday, May 6, 2012

Chilly and Hilly

The Many Layers of Spring Cycling in Maine
It was bright and sunny for our April 28 ride in Wayne. It was also 35 degrees at the start, and blustery (35 degrees + 20 mph winds = 24 degrees windchill factor). Definitely not a day for lots of exposed skin. I think I started the ride with four layers, and I may have finished the ride with more. But if conditions were crisp, they were also dry, and it was a great day for a ride.

The route, laid out by Ray Giglio, took us from the Wayne Elementary School along the shorelines of Pocasset Lake and Lovejoy Pond, and past the southern tip of Echo Lake (or the left leg of "Crotched Pond" - to use its former name). We rode up Rt.17 to Baldwin Hill Road and the Home Nest Farm overlook. The return route took us along some very scenic back roads through Richmond Mills and back to Wayne.

Heading up Walton Road to North Wayne

Cold? No, just warming up.
Weighing options at the crossroads.
Along Rt.17.

Scenic Overlook from Home Nest Farm.

Thanks to Ray and to all who braved the conditions and took part in the ride. We will revisit parts of Wayne later in the season when we can peel off a few more layers and explore more of the great back roads that traverse this hidden corner of Maine.

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