Today’s Route: 196 to Bike Trail in Brunswick to back roads into Bath to Route 127 to Wiscassett to Route 1 to Waldoboro.
Today: 64 miles. Total miles: 4407 Riding time: 5 hrs 0 min
Elevations: Lewiston: 217′ Waldoboro: 72′
Total ascent: 3356’ Total descent: 3369’
Calories: 4028 Avg speed 12.2 mph Max speed 44 mph
Started the day with breakfast at Fran’s Place in Lewiston. Then began “Riding for Ray Day” with a police-escorted visit to the location where Officer David Payne died, EOW 7-23-1988. Lewiston PD had erected an inscribed Memorial Stone on the spot where he died on July 21st this summer. It was comforting to learn that Ray and Barbara Payne had visited this spot this summer on the 24th anniversary of David’s death, about 6 weeks prior to Ray’s death on September 3, 2012. We dedicate today’s ride to David’s father and our friend, Rev. Ray Payne. Ray had been the Northeast Region Trustee for Concerns of Police Survivors for several years and was very active in the organization. After the death of his son, Ray focused his ministry on the law enforcement community.
Rode on route 196 to a bike trail in Brunswick. 196 had good shoulder all the way. Good share of fairly steep climbs today, the longest about a quarter mile, some at 9-10% grade. Route 127 and connecting roads to Wiscasset were narrow with no shoulder, but light traffic. Must have hit rush hour at Woolwich to cut-off at Old Stage Road for five miles was extremely busy with traffic and no shoulder. Much less traffic on connecting roads to Wiscasset. Had difficulty crossing Route 1 just south of Wiscasset with a steady line of cars in both directions.
With their permission, spent the night at Moody’s Diner parking lot by the pond in Waldoboro.
Quote for the Day: “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” Anon.