Gra Nomad Wanderings

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Hey, I think it works out cheaper to use public transport than to have your own vehicle! And it's better for the environment I keep telling everybody. Well it sure takes some effort and some organising let me tell you.
From Bar Harbour, we contacted Servas hosts near Portland, Maine, who invited us to visit. So, the next challenge was to find out how to get from Edenbrook Motel in Bar Harbour to a little village called Arundel - 20 miles from Portland - in the bottom corner of the beautiful state of Maine.
A bloke in the busy visitors centre suggested we go see the folk in the Villager Motel because a tourist bus goes from there to Bangor. When we chatted to the lady at the motel, we learnt we could hook up with a shuttle bus which would take us through to Bangor where we would be able to catch a CONCORD coach through to Portland (2 hours). Portland seems a lovely city of about 70,000 people. Once we reached Portland, we caught a taxi (1992 Lincoln Town Car) to Monument Square where we were informed we would need to be to catch a regular bus to Biddeford. Monument Square was an ideal place to sit down at an outside setting at a bar and grill, having a shandy with the locals. Of course we had to teach them how to make a shandy didn't we?
At 3:27 pm, the ZOOM bus arrived right on schedule! It takes us a while to get the two Samsonite suitcases - each containing half a tandem - into a regular bus. Then we have to get our two wheelie suitcases with our clothes. We each have a backpack and sometimes (as on this occasion) we have a yellow bike pannier with assorted bike gear.
It was great to see Stacy in a red pickup as promised when we arrived at Biddeford at 4 pm.
So, here we are!
It's been great getting to know Stacy and Marylyn (and some of their adult kids) here on their farm. They have the best vegie garden we've seen (well, as good as Relan's in Corvallis, Oregon). They've also been partly responsible in setting up an elementary school (The School Around Us) and now a secondary school (The New School) - what energy!
The day after arriving we borrowed 2 of their bikes to tour round Kennebunkport, Arundel and other villages. I estimated that we rode about 40 km, mostly on narrow country roads. We saw President Bush's residence and also the gorgeous church he attends when in the area. (Yes, I have photos of both...)
Meanwhile it's been tricky working out how to get to New York from here. Looks like it's going to be another day going from bus to bus etc. Main goal is to get to JFKennedy airport in NY in time to catch the 5 pm plane to London on Sunday 20 August.
Hard to believe that we will be (God willing) in London in a few days time!!! Seeya USA!!! (Do we need permission to leave?)


At 11:07 AM, Blogger Ron, KS said...

Hey, sounds like things are going well for you! I guess you know don't take LIQUIDS on board the flights anymore.......... Gee, what will they think of next??????????

Still hot in KS, but next week to be cooler. Chari's started back to school. I'm still hitting it hard at the rec center.

Hoping to get a sail in over labor day, but its not looking promising.

Have fun,
Ron, ks

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Keasty said...

at NY airport... departb in 9 hrs for London.... BA 112

At 1:45 AM, Blogger julie said...

So, what IS an shandy, anyway?

I hope you've arrived safely in London. Praying for you! Tell Faye hi from us.

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Treedoc said...

By the time you get this you should be in London. Hope everything went well with the trip from America. Have sent you a few emails (unanswered) prehaps I sent them to one of your old addresses.Went to Wagga Wagga on the weekend to see a play which Beth helped direct. Great Australian story called "The Boys"
Very well done. Sharon flies to Perth on Saturday 26th August to see Joe for a few days. He is doing his yearly dance performance and has his birthday today 22/8/06.
Looking forward to catching up towards the end of the year. God bless you both. Brian


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