VC-1-3-5-4-2-1-VC, Our First Bike Ride ;o) – Sunday – July 7, 2013
Early this morning, we loaded 7 bikes & 7 people into two cars
then headed to Acadia NP Visitor Center.
Gin, Syl, Pam (Gin’s cousin), Dan and Tricia rode in G&S’s Suki.
They carried 2 bikes on the back of the car.
Bill and I rode in our Tahoe with 3 bikes inside and 2 bikes on the back!!
Unloading and preparing all the bikes to get ready to roll :o))
First, let me explain what “VC-1-3-5-4-2-1-VC” means?!?
There are 51 miles of carriage roads and these road intersect at 38 different places.
Each intersection is marked by a post with a number on it.
On the map, these numbered posts are represented by a triangle with a number inside.
That means you can plan an amazing number of rides of varying length!!
Our 5.2 mile ride will start at VC (Visitor Center),
then .5 miles to Post-1, .9 miles to Post-3, 1 mile to Post-5,
1 mile to Post-4, 1.1 miles to Post-2, .2 to Post-1,
then .5 miles back to the VC :o))
What it doesn’t show is the elevation but we will learn about that real quick:o((
The connector trail is a narrow version of the carriage roads.
Leaving the Visitor Center and heading out the connector trail…
In less than 1/4 mile, we went around a bend
the connector trail went UP… UP… UP:o((
We still had some good hills to manage, but nothing like the first one!!!
We hung a left toward Post-3.
Enjoying the lovely morning and the wonderful views.
The granite rocks (Rockefeller Teeth) that line the carriage roads
make a great place to take a rest!!
You can see the Prince and his Princess;o))
As we left Post-5 toward Post-4, we did have a good down-hill stretch.
At Post-4 we stayed to the right toward Witch Hole Pond and Post-2.
We passed a couple small ponds before reaching Witch Hole Pond.
One pond was covered with Water Lillies.
It is amazing how these roads were constructed!!
They really do blend in with the nature around them:o))
After our final view of Witch Hole Pond,
we reached Post-2.
It was .2 miles UPHILL to Post-1 and the connector trail back to the visitor center:o((
So why are these crazy folks smiling?!?!?
They were about to embark on that really tough uphill connector trail.
Everyone arrived SAFELY back to the cars!!!
Now it was time to find a great spot for lunch!!
From the visitor center,
Riding the Loop Road is always a beautiful ride!!
We walked from our parking area to the Ocean Trail.
Gin and Tricia wore their Vietnamese Boat People hat for some sun protection.
The views and the pink granite were amazing!!
After we finished lunch, we drove down to the Thunder Hole parking area.
(click on any photo to enlarge)
Across the road is Thunder Hole.
We continued along the the loop road on our way back to the campground.
Approaching South Bubble Mountain
As we passed, we could see “Bubble Rock!”
We hope to get a lot closer during a future hike;-))
we will just savor this great day with good friends:o))
at 11:17 AM