In Search of Vikings travel blog

Today was the beautiful sunny day we have been waiting for since we left the USA on August 1st. We got up this morning and took the free, yes I said free, bus into Bar Harbor in search of a nice breakfast. We found an open air restaurant right on Main Street and had......what else but......Maine blueberry pancakes. It was a nice start to the day. We then walked around the town a little while before taking the bus out to the Acadia visitors center. We got some good info there and came back to the campground around lunch time. We met a few amazing people on the bus into town this morning. A couple of ladies, who looked to be in their late 60's or even 70+ got on the bus. One of them sat down across the isle from us and we struck up a conversation. It turns out that three of the ladies and one guy had bicycled to Bar Harbor all the way from Washington State. She said it was some 4,700 miles over the course of 62 days. Our jaws hit the floor. She went on to say that she has run in multiple Boston marathons. Needless to say we felt very much like couch potatoes. We ended the day on a high note by going back to the visitors center to ride our own bikes on one of the carriage roads that runs around witches pond. Supposedly an easy family ride according to the guide booklets. Well, unlike the ladies we met on the bus we are out of shape and had to walk up some of the steeper hills a couple of times. The good news is that while I was purchasing the required park pass the ranger asked me if I was travelling with anyone 62 years old or older. I told him that I was over 62 so he sold me a lifetime park pass for $10 which allows us to go into any national park for free from now on, What a surprise to get a great deal like that. I guess getting older does have some benefits.

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