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I ♥ the sequester

04/29/2013
The two mile stretch between Sand Beach and Otter Cliff was open to traffic but I saw maybe 10 cars. Few people come to the park because it is still "closed" and operating under "winter" conditions.

The two mile stretch between Sand Beach and Otter Cliff was open to traffic but I saw maybe 10 cars. Few people come to the park because it is still “closed” and operating under “winter” conditions.

Here’s a big “thank you” to all the lazy, incompetent, selfish, spineless and so-obviously-in-for-the-money Washington D.C. politicians…..

Thanks to your money-saving “sequestration” I can ride my bike traffic-free on one of the most beautiful roads in the United States.

Yes, due to the sequester Acadia National Park has delayed its opening from April 15 to May 15. This means the campgrounds, visitor centers and other park services are closed and something like 18 miles of its famed 20-mile Park Loop road is gated off to motorized vehicles. While the roads are closed to cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorhomes and coach buses, they are open to bicycles.

On Sunday, I strapped my silver road bike to the roof of the truck and headed to Acadia. Temperatures were in the 60s, the sky was bright neon blue and winds were barely strong enough to push a kite. In other words, perfect conditions.

I  grinded up Cadillac Mountain on roads blasted out of rock, then sailed down the other side; pedaled with the Atlantic Ocean crashing over my left shoulder and cut through deep woods while the pines turned green and other trees started their spring buds. Instead of loud mufflers and squeaking breaks you could hear the snow melt dripping down rock walls and into newly created trail-side streams.

It was more than three hours of cruising perfectly maintained, 30-foot wide paved roadway with nothing but a yellow stripe on it.

All the time I kept habitually looking over my shoulder for cars coming up fast from behind… nothing.

No cars. No trucks. No buses. No trailers.

Maybe 50 bikers, a dozen walkers,  a couple of dogs and a doe.

Thank you Washington. Thanks to your wonderfully inept guidance I won’t have to share Acadia National Park with anyone for another couple of weeks… think of all the money our country is saving too. It’s a good thing we have you running things for us.

Jen and I are planning another visit to Acadia next weekend. Maybe we’ll throw a few dollars in the ocean to honor the good folks in Washington.

 

I snapped this photo at a roadside rest. Two other bikers were there admiring the view

I snapped this photo at a roadside rest. Two other bikers were there admiring the view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. Mollie permalink

    Sounds like a neat experience. You should post some more pics! It’s so beautiful out there.

  2. mary permalink

    Can’t wait to do that ride with you!!! Do you have a bike for me?

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