Not that I’m sick of winter, but I’m looking forward to hopping on a bicycle and riding. I love heading out from my house and riding through the Conservancy’s Basin Preserve roads, past Popham Beach and Fort Popham.
My thoughts of riding Maine’s scenic roads came to mind recently when organizers of BikeMaine announced a remarkable route for its second annual multi-day ride. The Nature Conservancy is proud to be a partner in this adventure.
This year’s 350-mile ride comes at a fine time of the year, Sept. 6-13, and highlights Maine’s waterways from Casco Bay to Sagadahoc and Kennebec Counties. The event’s 350 riders will see and honor the diverse treasure of Maine’s waters, from our rocky coast to rolling rivers and streams, to tranquil lakes and ponds.
The ride starts and ends at Westbrook, just west of Portland, and goes to Sebago Lake, the Belgrade Lakes region, to Gardiner and over the Kennebec River, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Bath and along the coast to Yarmouth and back to Westbrook.
From our point of view, riders will see some great conservation in action – from Jugtown Plains, past the Androscoggin Riverlands, up to the Kennebec Highlands, and along the Damariscotta River and Merrymeeting Bay. This route passes through some of Maine’s most beautiful and ecologically valuable natural areas. The Conservancy is so pleased that cyclists participating in BikeMaine will be able to see some of Maine’s amazing places.
Doing 50 to 60 miles a day along this route, riders will get a great visual taste of the interplay between water and land and Mainers’ need for good, clean, healthy waters.
The ride is also a great chance to see how innovative Maine communities are increasingly welcoming bicycling as a mode of transportation, whether it’s for recreation or commuting.
The Nature Conservancy is proud to be a partner in BikeMaine. During their ride, we’ll share some information about the cool natural places on the route and highlighting our partners’ work to conserve lands and waters.
This is a great way for Maine people to engage in Maine’s great outdoors and recognize the essential role nature plays in our way of life.
Spring is just around the corner. So get ready to ride.