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How I discovered summer on a beachside radio. Biking Around Bangor: Pushaw Lake

04/28/2014
A public landing sits at the south end of Pushaw Lake, about 8 miles from downtown Bangor.

A public landing sits at the south end of Pushaw Lake, about 8 miles from downtown Bangor.

It’s been a gloomy and rainy April in Bangor, so it’s time for another a virtual ride!

Over the last year, I’ve charted six great bike routes through the scenic outskirts of the Bangor metro area. All of these 90-minute rides feature beautiful destinations, challenging hills, relatively safe travel and a special something that can only be described as a “unique Maine charm.”

Saddle up, Mark in Maine readers, and enjoy the beautiful pictures on this two-wheel tour… without getting wet.

PUSHAW LAKE

It was one of the first really warm days in mid-May last year when I biked to Pushaw Lake. I parked at the public landing near an aluminum dock and looked out over the water. You can see a long way from south to north across Pushaw. The lake is shaped like a giraffe without legs and includes a collection of small islands, or spots, up its neck. The water is surrounded by trees, with only an occasional cabin or lake home breaking up the view. You see more loons on the water than boats.

Behind me, on a grassy knoll, a group of teenagers  lounged round in sunshine listening to the radio. The music faded in and out on the wind but I could hear a lazy country song with sweet fiddles and harmonies that sounded like a celebration.

“Rock me mama like a southbound train,” was in the refrain.

The song was  “Wagon Wheel,” performed by Darius Rucker and written by Bob Dylan, with some help from the Old Crow Medicine Show.

After soaking it all in, I climbed aboard my Wagon Wheel and turned around to go back.

Summer had finally arrived. I was heading home.

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