Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Maine - Portland

I'm now cycling towards Boston over road number 1 to the south.
Weather isn't really in my favour but still it's only a good 250 km to go so, it isn't really a downer.
What surely is a downer is the driving habits that the drivers over here are showing off. It is not only during the extended Laborday weekend, what was as expected like unfriendly 'BA'-kind of people shouting towards you and driving barely next to you as they where going to hit you or just trowing a beer bottle to you.
It is actually happening also now during the first schoolday over here.
A greater number of lorry's and big trucks are passing all over and the road over here in the neighbourhoud of Brunswick and the road doens't really has broad shoulders.

Some scenery's along the coastlines are nice but I have seen nicer one's during the trip, sorry locals. Talking about the locals..
If they ask where I'm are coming from then I try to explain what I did during last summer (that has gone by now) and after explaining they just think I'm 100% crazy and I'm making things up. Difficult to maintain a normal conversation after that hahi.

From time to time I see a plaque or sign that shows that I'm cycling on the designated bicycling lane.. (the green sign with white bicycle) so I know I'm on the right track and not missing any smaller and nicer roads.
The GPS and maps are still trying to show me the best roads.
Radio-wise the WX isn't cooperative to hang up antenna's during the early evening and I already fulfilled the main goals. I try to be active maybe one more time during the evening on 40 or 20 if all goes well, I'll announce it on the twitter.

I encountered a few other bicyclers but not many as the summer season is closing down. The temperatures during the day are not exceeding the 20-25 degrees and during the night it's only some 8-12 degrees. The sun comes slowely up around 07 o'clock in the morning and it's only until 09-10 hrs when it's nice to come out of the tent. The sun goes down quickly at 1900 hrs so I have to find a place to pitch down by 1800 which leaves me only some 6-7 hrs of travelling during the day, not much. Compared to the Scandinavian summer - THE bicyling walhalla - days over there are sometimes 24 hrs long so time enough ! I'll go back to .se and .no next year, for sure.

I hope I'll make it safely at the final destination as I'm entering the heavy traffic Portland - Boston area.


  1. Good evening Raf, it was good to read in your other post that you were able to contact your homeland. I do want to apologize for the drivers, they are playing a very dangerous game. I hope you make it in good time to your next destination. I just wanted to add that it has been great reading about your adventure and a book would be in order when you get back home about this adventure and it involving radio as well....cheers.

  2. "and after explaining they just think I'm 100% crazy " :)

    Nog ff doortrappen en ge zijt er. ;-)

  3. Your adventure is finishing up, ours is just starting...what good luck to meet you at the gate at highwood pass! Thanks for keeping us posted, and too bad we didn't manage to make contact on the radio. I would like to take a radio with us on our adventure, but there's little room for my FT-817, or even my aging brick of a handheld with its cracked screen and all...

  4. Excellent Raf! We are still watching your progress. Thanks for visiting the states, we will always remember our chats as you wound through the rocky and windy Oregon Coast. Keep it up friend...

    Jason and Sandra (KF7GTU) in Bandon, Oregon

  5. Het woord doortrappen is perfect gekozen.