Sokokis Lake overlook on Route 5 in Limerick

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Sokokis Lake

On Saturday's ride
we met John & Pat,
who know Rick's brother and sister-in-law from their hometown in Massachusetts. Small world!

At Fort McClary State Park in Kittery, a sailboat lies smashed on the rocks at the mouth of the Piscataqua River on Monday.

The hull was split open.

Nubble Light

Aug. 26-29, 2011
Friday: We battened down the hatches at home, crossed our fingers that the storm's center would stay west of us as predicted, and drove to Cornish, Maine, near Fryeburg and the New Hamsphire state line. After lunch we bicycled a 56-mile loop along the Saco River, through Limington, West Buxton and Salmon Falls, returning on Route 5 through Waterboro and Limerick so we could stop at the Sokokis Lake overlook.
  After dinner we enjoyed Cape Verdean singer Maria de Barros' performance at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

Saturday: We did a 53-mile bike ride from Conway, N.H., to Denmark, Maine, with the Mount Washington Valley Velo Club. The ride was led by Dave & Connie K. We had met Connie, who works at the Maine State Visitor Information Center in Fryeburg, on a previous trip.
  After a lobster dinner in Cornish, we went back to Stone Mountain Arts Center for a concert by Kris Delmhorst with Session Americana. The encore was "Goodnight Irene."

Sunday: Irene arrived overnight and we spent Sunday hunkered down, as expected, at Midway Country Lodging during the deluge. The power was out all afternoon, but the restaurant across the street had a generator and stayed open.

Monday: We drove to Ogunquit and did a 56-mile bike ride. The electricity was still out in many places, and some roads were blocked by downed trees, but we were able to get through on our bikes.
  Dinner was at Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, and then we drove home.

We planned this getaway
before we knew
Hurricane Irene
would be barreling up
the East Coast.
As it turned out, we were getting away
from the brunt
of the tropical storm,
which inflicted
its worst New England damage in
western Massachusetts
and Vermont.

A downed tree blocks a road near North Berwick on Monday.

Nubble Light,
Cape Neddick
Rick & Lynne's recent adventures in the White Mountains:

August 2009
Cycling with Pennsylvanians

September 2009
Biking & hiking

New Year's 2010
XC skiing

May 2010

August 2010
Biking & hiking

New Year's 2011
XC skiing & snowshoeing

May 2011

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