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Maine, USA

After completing our “great Canadian road trip” we wanted to head south and keep ahead of the cold weather. We did have a few cold mornings already in New Brunswick & Nova Scotia, we were cutting it close. Tigger is not well insulated against the cold although we do have a furnace.

We drove to Bangor, Maine where it was sunny and much warmer and got caught up on some maintenance things including TWO MORE tires. Found out a tie rod is not in great shape so Doug ordered a new one as we have ‘specialty’ tie rods for our suspension.

Saturday, Sept. 27th , we took ourselves to western Maine in the White Mountain Forest district, where we had booked a resort for a week of no driving. We took the coast from Bangor south and did some hike at Camden Hills State Park before heading west inland on secondary roads.

We only drove away once all week and that was actually just Doug, as he went to climb Mount Washington, a very strenuous “rock pile” climb which he loved. We enjoyed some walks in the forests, saw the beginnings of the fall colours and took a lovely bike ride on the back roads where we crossed the state line into New Hampshire. We cleaned out Tigger from top to bottom, reorganized and relaxed, slept in most mornings and took it easy.

We had hoped to catch up on lots of internet related things but the Wi-Fi here left quite a bit to be desired most days; one of the draw backs of being in the rural areas. We had it in our condo the first three days then could only get in common areas after that despite management saying, “no, it works everywhere” but we spoke to no one who could get in their rooms any longer. Cell phone service was almost as bad. The resort consists of an “inn” and some chalets with varying room sizes. We got a one bedroom loft unit with full kitchen and bath. The place is “rustic” which means not completely modern; there is TV with four channels (satellite is available in the common room), no telephones in units, no pool/hot tub or the like, a playground, lots of nearby trails, friendly front room staff (housekeeping, not so much) and no nearby shops. We had done a big shop in Bangor in preparation for this. While it was nice to have room to spread out for a change, we did miss the convenience of having everything right at your fingertips in our “home”. The resort did not offer a lot in amenities but for a place where the nearest town is 23 miles away, it was full most of the week we were there. By the end of the week, we were ready to move on.