Day 3 – Bangor to Newport

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Day 3 – Bangor to Newport – 26.5 miles

Confidence-building day! Gorgeous weather! No wind, sunshine, good roads & we just got er done! A couple of ugly hills but overall a great day! ( And I’m sure we’ll see uglier!)

Spent the night camped in the backyard of our WS hosts, Doug & Raquel. We were so appreciative of them hosting us in spite of a busy night that caused them to have to be gone for several hours! We enjoyed nice conversation with them and their children, Edison & Nirvana.

We walked to a nearby restaurant, Cervesas Southwest Grill and had a fantastic meal – margarita chicken & spinach feta enchilada. We knew we were in small town USA when the guy at the restaurant greeted us, saying ” Doug mentioned you’d be coming in!” Great food, friendly service!

Our accommodations for the night was a tent in Doug and Raquel’s back yard. That was not a problem, but neither one of us realized how cold our bald heads would feel. We were both wearing bandanas by the end of the night.

It was fun to see Edison (8th grade) helping his little sister Nirvana (kindergarten) in the morning. The highlight was seeing Edison running full speed about 100 yards to catch the school bus and hold it for his sister – Nirvana with her backpack swaying back and forth as she attempted to keep up. Edison plays football and says he will play in college – with his size and speed, Jim is picking him as a top draft pick as a Defensive lineman in the 2022 NFL draft!

Brain Meanderings:
“Did you want write ‘tump thump thump’?”

Either we’ve been on the bike too long or we just have dirty minds, but we keep saying things that sound dirty (to Jim!) but aren’t. The list for today:
“I’d love to eat your beans!”
“That’s what you get when you ask for the big one.”
“Doin’ granny”

Jim said we need more pics of Shawn. 🙂


Setting up our campsite at the home of our WS host:


What bicyclists wouldn’t get a kick out of this sign!?!


Us with out kind host family – Doug, and his son Edison, and daughter Nirvana (missing mom, Raquel).


Our host kitty, Spaz – a sweet old tomcat with very hairy feet who snuggled on my lap.


A note from Nirvana ( ❤ ) and her schoolwork.



5 thoughts on “Day 3 – Bangor to Newport

    shelswift said:
    May 14, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Ha, “I’d love to eat your beans!”
    If you need accommodations in Toronto (more precisely North York, Yonge and Sheppard area) let me know when! Keep ridin’ along 🙂

      rathbike responded:
      May 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Michelle! We were hoping you’d say that! Hopefully we will be your way in 2-3(?) weeks or so. BUT, we do have some hills ahead of us!! Thanks!

        shelswift said:
        May 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        AWESOME! Keep me posted on your CLIMB 🙂

    Sherri said:
    May 15, 2014 at 7:07 am

    So glad to to read you had such a positive day with no flats, loose axles, or rain. Go Go Go.

    rathbunfam said:
    May 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Good job you two!! Its great to see and read your daily experiences… happy to hear your progress. Beautiful country and people.

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