Bar Harbor to Boston
SEPTEMBER 8 – 12, 2016
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This 5-day, 390-mile route takes advantage of the best cycling in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. You'll ride along the North Atlantic's scenic coastline by day and spend evenings with an amazing community of people. Upon registration, you will have an opportunity to choose from more than 150 beneficiaries making an impact on environment, sustainabiilty and active transportation causes.
(Please note, we will be offering transportation options for participants and their bikes from Boston to Bar Harbor on Sept. 7, the day before the ride begins. see travel information tab above)
The first day, we’ll pedal from iconic Bar Harbor through Acadia National Park, and along Maine’s rocky coast, dotted with quaint harbor towns, lighthouses, and wild blueberry patches. Heading south, we’ll explore quiet roads to our first of many summer camp or retreat centers — all of which offer cabins to sleep in.
The next two days are spent pedaling along Maine’s scenic Mid-Coast region with amazing riding and terrific stops along the way including Portland, Maine’s largest city and a bustling port town.
The fourth day pedals through classic Maine as we pass through the towns of Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, and York. Along the way, we’ll stop for a tasty lunch at one of Maine’s scenic lighthouses, before riding along some of New Hampshire’s 18 miles of scenic shoreline.
The final day is a beautiful ride in Massachusetts where we will retrace, in reverse, Paul Revere's famous midnight ride of 1775.
Our professional Climate Ride volunteer staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 50-80 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included when you reach your fundraising minimum. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. We are excited to bring Climate Ride and Climate Riders to such an amazing corner of the country and we hope you will join us!
Day before the ride
We will provide a morning shuttle from Boston to Bar Harbor on September 7. Taking the shuttle will give you an opportunity to explore the loop road in Acadia National Park or just enjoy Bar Harbor for the day.
The next morning on Thursday, September 8, the ride begins. Registration will open at 7:00 am. Give yourself time to get organized before a mandatory 8:00 am safety talk The ride officially begins at 8:30 am.
Day 1 – 62 or 79 miles
Climate Ride's Northeast adventure begins in classic Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island – home of the incomparable Acadia National Park. We’ll pedal through the Park on our way to the mainland – known as “Downeast” because of the way the roads are arranged. We’ll stop at a harbor park in the small port town of Ellsworth before pedaling to our lunch stop at historic Fort Knox where you’ll have the opportunity to take an elevator 450 ft into the air and enjoy the view from the dizzying Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory. We continue south after lunch to the seaside city of Belfast before heading inland, through wild Maine blueberry fields, to our lakeside retreat for the night - a classic Maine summer camp. There, we’ll stay in shared cabins, enjoy a well-deserved dinner in the dining hall, and hear from informative speakers before turning in after a full day.
Day 2 – 52 or 72 miles
Following a hearty hot breakfast, we’ll start out riding through the Maine forests to the iconic town of Camden and its quaint downtown. From there, we’ll head south to our first water stop in Rockland at the Maine Lighthouse Museum – where you can explore the history of these amazing buildings. From there, we’ll enjoy smaller roads and picnic in the scenic countryside. The afternoon brings picturesque riding, and an optional loop with a stop at a local brewery to sample local flavors, before heading to our camp for the night overlooking the exceptionally beautiful Damariscotta Lake.
Day 3 – 56, 74 or 100 miles
On the morning of Day 3, our route takes us 100 miles through the changing landscape of Mid-Coast Maine. We start out on country roads and enjoy a morning stop at an organic farmstand known for their cider and maple syrup. Then, we'll ride to Bath – the City of Ships – before arriving in Freeport – home of many exciting shopping opportunities including the LL Bean flagship store. Today’s lunch is on your own in Freeport, so you'll have time to experience this must-see Maine destination. After lunch, we’ll head south and ride on scenic bike paths through cobble-stoned Portland – Maine’s biggest city. Just south of town, we’ll visit the Portland Head Light – the largest lighthouse in Maine. Following the rugged coast, we’ll ride south from there to the Maine’s sandy beaches to our home for the night – in cabins at a conference center near Old Orchard Beach. There is a lot to see and do on today's Century Ride, and for the sightseers, shorter options with shuttles are available for those who want more time to explore or want a shorter day.
Day 4 – 56 or 76 miles
We start out from our camp and ride through the upscale hamlet of Kennebunk to a local market full of great goodies, before riding by the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge – named in honor of environmental pioneer and author of the ground-breaking Silent Spring (1962). You’ll enjoy a packed lunch at the Nubble Lighthouse – and exceptionally beautiful spot. After lunch, we’ll ride through the small coastal hamlets of Wells, Olgunquit, and York, before crossing into New Hampshire and pedaling through bustling Portsmouth – America’s second established city. From there, we'll take in miles of sandy New Hampshire coastline before we turn inland and arrive at our last camp for the week in our third state - Massachusetts. There we’ll enjoy a tasty dinner and the final Evening Program including our signature wrap-up slideshow.
Day 5 – 64 miles
This morning we’ll rise early and pedal through the Massachusetts countryside, stopping for cider donuts at a farm along the way. Then, we'll arrive on the outskirts of Concord and enjoy a farewell picnic at The Old Manse - where Emerson penned Nature, Nathaniel Hawthorne lived, and the where the Old North Bridge stands - the location of the first battle of the American Revolution. From there, we’re retrace Paul Revere’s historic midnight ride backwards to Lexington and then stay mostly on bike paths to the Charles River. Riders will gather on the banks of the river before riding together for the final miles into Boston. At the ride end in Boston Common with Boston’s skyline behind us, we’ll hear welcome remarks and take a celebratory group photo before retrieving our gear and saying goodbye until the next Climate Ride.
Climate Ride Northeast 2016 is a 4-night, 5-day cycling trip along Maine’s scenic coast to Boston. Imagine staying at classic summer camps and Maine retreats after an amazing day of cycling. At camp, we take care of all the details so you’re free to relax and connect with other Climate Riders.
Amenities in camp include hot showers, a first aid station with 24/7 ice, a merchandise table, clean restrooms, massage (extra charge), and shared accommodations in cabins and bunkhouses.
Breakfasts and dinners are handled by the staff at our overnight stops. Think hot breakfasts with lots of options and coffee, and nourishing, tasty dinners with delicious desserts. Picnic lunches are prepared by our amazing food crew and include lunch meats, veggie options, salads, and all the fixings. Our morning snack table will have items to-go to keep you energized all day while riding.
On Climate Ride Northeast, camp becomes a travelling village and dynamic community. Each evening after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, roundtable discussions, and other events. Cycling doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!
We will be coordinating a group travel option from Boston to Bar Harbor the day before the ride on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. You’ll have options for a bus transfer, bike and luggage transport, lunch along the way, and lodging in Bar Harbor. These will be an additional cost and will be a great way to make your travel to the Ride Start in Bar Harbor simple and carefree. Our goal is to make travel to Maine from East Coast cities like Washington DC, New York City, and Boston as easy as possible.
The Pre-Ride Shuttles leave from South Boston at 9 am Wednesday, September 7. If you choose the 9 am shuttle, you'll need to arrive in Boston on Tuesday, September 6 and stay the night in town. Taking the shuttle will give you an opportunity to ride the loop road in Acadia National Park or to explore the beautiful town of Bar Harbor.
Detailed information on the pre ride shuttle, getting to Bar Harbor on your own, and transportation to Boston is available in the Travel Planner.
Transporting Your Bike
Many first-time riders have questions about getting their bike to the event. While it may seem complicated, it's not. You have a few options for getting your bike to and from Climate Ride. The best option will depend on your itinerary, timing, and budget. Plan on spending a little time to research which option works best for you. Send us an email if you have questions that are not answered by the info below.
Disassembly: If you need to ship your bike, most likely you will need to disassemble it. This means removing the pedals, seat, front and rear wheels, and handlebars, and deflating the tires. Each part should be wrapped separately in bubble wrap. You can do this yourself, or most bike shops will do it for you for a cost of approximately $50-80.
Boxing: Most bike shops offer boxes, but you should reserve one early as they may be in demand. There is usually a small charge of about $10 for the box. We can transport cardboard bike boxes during Climate Ride for you to re-use at the end.
Flying with your bike (boxing required)
If you fly with your bike, all airlines have handling fees for checking bikes, payable at the ticket counter. When making your airline reservations, please check the rate and any restrictions for checking your bike.
Shipping Your Bike with Bike Flights
Bike Flights offers great rates and insurance for your shipping your bicycle. Disassemble and pack your bike in a cardboard bike box or a hard sided bike shell. You can also have a local bike shop pack your bike for you. Once your bike is boxed, book online at www.bikeflights.com. Here you will enter the weight, dimensions and shipping location of your bike. You will receive more information on where to ship your bicycle upon registering.
When shipping your bike to the ride, you have the option to either have it picked up or you can drop it off at a local UPS, Fedex or DHL location.
We will be offering a shuttle from Boston on September 7 and will provide transportation for you, your bike and your luggage. See the Travel Information Tab for more info.