The whole biking thing came about because I was looking for alternatives to running that give me some cardio action and a physical activity I can do outside. I have no desire to exercise on cardio equipment at the gym or work out to a video in my living room. It makes me feel like a gerbil on its wheel.
I didn’t immediately love the bike, although I did see the draw. It’s fast so you can cover a lot more territory than you can running, and you still get the benefit of being outside. But I know it’s not something I can do as regularly as I was running, and it feels a bit precarious when the roads are busy. I was enjoying my bike, but I certainly wasn’t sold on the experience.
Paul and I brought our bikes to Maine, knowing there are tons of biking trails around Acadia National Park and figuring it was the perfect opportunity to use them. We debated taking them out a few days early in our trip, and then the weather turned and before we knew it our trip was almost over.
I was determined not to drag two bikes all the way up here without using them, so yesterday we left the kids with my parents and started hunting for just the perfect trail. We had already spent a few days in Bar Harbor near the famed carriage trails so we decided to go a different direction — to the less traveled Schoodic.
“The Schoodic Peninsula, containing the only portion of Acadia National Park on the mainland, boasts granite headlands, rocky beaches, and spruce-fir forests.” It’s more intimate and secluded than the neighboring Bar Harbor and it has a lovely 10-mile loop that you can drive or bike.
I’ve explored this area many times by car, as well as many others in this area of Maine, and being on a bike is a totally different experience. You feel like you’re truly part of the scenery. You can smell and feel the sea salt air and stop as often as you want to take photos (of course we took full advantage of THAT).
While the most picturesque part of the Schoodic Penninsula is Schoodic Point, where the waves crash up on the rocks, I think I enjoyed exploring the inlets and coves just as much.
My only regret is that we waited till the end of our trip to discover how spectacular it is to explore this area on a bike. If we had done it sooner, I’m sure we would have planned a few more bike tours of various spots.
I’m totally addicted. Now I want to go home and research places in our area to explore by bike. I have a feeling we will be hauling our bikes A LOT on future vacations. I can’t wait till my kids are old enough to come with us.
My husband laughed yesterday on our way back to the lake and said, “Who would have ever thought we’d be biking together!?” Anyone who has known me for many years will know how totally uncharacteristic it is of me to be biking around a national park — or anywhere, doing anything remotely active on vacation.
Just goes to show, you’re never too old to try something new!