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Old 30-10-2016, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Lobster-Tales (Maine, US)

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Since the topic has been split into various threads, here are the links to all the parts, in their chronological order.

Checking on Uncle Sam....travel notes, beer and aspen-gold


Peaks + Perks....New England (US) picture book


A Touch Of Quebec (Canada)


Lobster-Tales (Maine, US)


A World Of Its Own...Colorado + The Rockies



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Maine, "The Northern Woods", the Golden Road, the Maine coast, lobster-rolls, Mt. Cadillac and the Atlantic Coast back into Boston.
Along the way, the "Krauts" found some "kraut", too... and some red sails in the sunset....oh yeah, babe!!






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Old 30-10-2016, 05:19 PM   #2
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The Golden Road....tripped over it while doing my "homework" and turned "fanatic" after reading some of the Google stuff...this sounded like right-up-my-alley...100 miles of private logging road through the northern Maine Wilderness.... rivers, lakes and potholes leading past Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminal of the 3500+km Appalachian Walking Trail.... yeah, this was just the ticket.


https://goo.gl/maps/zvbLew8eEF42


http://maineanencyclopedia.com/golden-road/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Road_(Maine)






We didn't get far, though
Last night's rain had turned the border crossing access road into a quagmire....no probs for the endless string of 60tonne timber-trucks...but one hell of a skidpan for the little Toyota Prius.
The US border guard was dead-set adamant: "I'M NOT LETTING YOU THROUGH!! YOU'RE EFFING NUTZZZ even making it up to here, turn around NOW!!"

Pushing away the 2 Aussie passports, there wasn't much else to do than bailing out via the south-western sealed roads and cutting east into Rockwood to pick-up the gravel there for a half-loop onto the Southern Golden Road and a stab into Millinocket, base-town of the timber+ pulp industries of Northern Maine.

Near Rockwood, Northern Maine Woods....brings tears to your eyes!! Just...PUURRRRRFECT!!
Little skiresort with 5 lifts just up the road....









There she is....finally hit the Golden Road!! And the little rental-bomb is totally out of its depth!!








We're struggling big time, there's a major duststorm INSIDE the cabin and the boingers should've long popped through the bodywork.
Oh, what a feeling!!!






Alternative route https://goo.gl/maps/t5ANxfbPM472
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Old 30-10-2016, 06:07 PM   #3
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Acadia National Park...well known, well loved by the locals.
(as not to say, it's the full tourist circus!!)
Without doubt though, the peninsula is a pure GEM!

https://goo.gl/maps/5m5xtdtfXtP2









Coming along for a look-see?





















BYO-scoot...





Cadillac Mountain, center of the National Park Loop.

















More Acadia National Park





















Nice when all the essentials are at hand...






Bar Harbour's Finest...the "Thunder Hole Ale" sure thunders down the hole...
noice drop!





The cray-pots are bubbling at the Trenton Lobster Pound and there's no bailing out on a pair of those red, bug-eyed nippers:




Straight out of the pot...on some rickety timber benches and tables at the side of the road....boiling, piping hot, whistling... as the nutcrackers bite into the rock-hard shells.
At $18 a pop (yo, that's a medium sized whole lobster each) , it would also pop the ooglers of the local Aussie cray-peddlers.

I'm starting to wonder how the hell they get that many crays onto the menus around here, despite the busy local fishing industry.
We're talking 1000's of crays every day up+down the coast and up to 1000km inland + overseas, the numbers are simply baffling.
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Old 31-10-2016, 04:46 PM   #4
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A ripper of a morning at Acadia National Park...its easy to see why it's become the "Seaboard-Yellowstone".


















Bums up !!





Life's good....2 old mates out for breakfast at the water's edge.









Nature..."leaving its hat on!"


















Yo..... Acadia NP and Bar Harbour sure are something!!


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Old 31-10-2016, 05:25 PM   #5
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Our tootle along the Maine Coast turns out a little short...there are endless peninsulas, bays and coves, small islands just off the coast...it's easy to see why the Maine Coast has been a playground for the East-Coast-Money for centuries.
The amount of tucked-away mansions and private estates is simply staggering!!
Then there are the "lower tiers" (for the "commons" and "plebs", only 5 bedrooms, 1 tennis court and a dire lack of stables for the Arabians )...all of which amount to nearly no public access to the coastal delights like rocks, caves, beaches etc.... which is a hell of a shame.

The only way those places can be seen or enjoyed are from the water, which accounts for all those jet-skies, small sailing boats and dinghies around everywhere.
We've only got a few hours while trying to stay off the main roads...so it doesn't matter much. As a local....I'd have moved somewhere else long ago!


Bar Harbour -> Boothbay Harbour (map)






Penobscot River bridge at Bucksport















In the middle of no-where....and with 60-90mins of waiting time on a midweek-table without a booking, arrghh! Looks like Morse's Sauerkraut is doing just fine. Then again...if they do it properly, it's no surprise.















So it's into Boothbay Harbour, one of the coastal "Cool-Spots" for an overnight stay at the water's edge....








"Lucky Pick" indeed!!! Sip on that kick-arse Pinot Noir...and watch the sun go down....

















One hell of a spectacle....the 40 minute sunset turns into one of the highlights of the trip....
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