Camden Maine Day Ride 1 A: Harbor to Harbor Ride Friday October 2, 2020
Moderate 14.3 mile (12-13 mph)
Are you craving a safe, fun, regional cycling adventure with new and old AMC friends? Join us for a 14.3-mile, moderate paced loop from Camden to Rockport, starting at the Riverhouse Inn and Hotel parking lot (11 Tannery Lane, Camden, Maine). We will have several stops at scenic views.
This ride is designed to be done in conjunction with companion listed rides for Saturday and Sunday, 10/3 and 10/4, so that we can experience three days of cycling comradery, while enjoying the breathtaking views of Midcoast Maine. You must sign up for each day's ride individually. Each day we will offer 2 ride options: one a moderate 12-13 pace averaging 22 miles with elevation gains of 1500 ft, and an advanced ride of 14+ with a range of 30-40 miles with elevation gains above 2300 ft. Most roads are pavement, but some scenic roads are packed dirt.
Saturday we will take a ferry to bike around North Haven, a quintessential Maine island, and on Sunday we will ride around Lake Megunticook, past farms and villages. See the listings for Saturday and Sunday's rides for more details.
Overnight lodging arrangements are your responsibility, though we recommend booking with the Camden Riverhouse Hotel and Inn under the AMC group name, as we are using the Inn as our "base of operations". The Camden Riverhouse Hotel is offering rooms at $162.41 per room per night (single or double occupancy) which includes a 9% lodging tax. You are free to find other accommodations if you desire of course!
After each day's rides, you are invited to meet for an outdoor Happy Hour at the Inn or harbor (BYOB), or enjoy the town of Camden on your own. For dinner, Midcoast Maine is known for excellent dining, so you may make arrangements to eat at popular area restaurants; the leaders will facilitate dining, but there isn't a "set" group dinner. Outdoor dining is available. For breakfast, the Camden Riverhouse hotel provides boxed breakfasts for those who stay there.
AMC's Covid-19 guidelines limit participation to groups of 10 for each ride; we are offering two rides per day. Sign-up for each ride in advance at www.outdoors.org is required. We will be following all Covid-19 guidelines as instructed by the states of Maine and Massachusetts as well as the AMC at the time of the trip - and it's the participants' responsibility to adhere to them.
Since participants are self-paying for all lodging and all meals, there are no AMC fees for this event.
Other Friday Ride: Strenuous 21.5 mile (14+ mph) loop
Mike has been biking since junior high and has been leading rides with the AMC since he moved here in the 1990's. He leads rides from evening rides to local day trips to regional weekends to week long tours in New England and in Tuscany and the Czech Republic for AMCs Adventure Travel Program.