Lubec, ME to Campobello Island, Canada and back. Repeat as necessary.
|How do you get a bike, camping gear, and 2 people 500 miles with only 12.5 gallons of gas? Stuff a Sonic of course.|
This is my wife's third marathon and her first away marathon. Since it was just the two of us and she would be busy for about 4-5 hours I brought my bike for company and to offer course support. I'm glad I did, driving was discouraged on the course and the bike offered a great way to get to different course locations.
The marathon ran from:
|West Quoddy Head Lighthouse,|
Note I color coordinated my bike and windbreaker to match the regional lighthouses.
|East Quoddy Head Lighthouse|
In about a mile the bus had to stop because the roads were only running one way. After a few minutes I decided to take my chances with all the "traffic" and passed the bus. I saw about 3 cars in 4 miles and pretty much had both lanes to myself. The bus and I pulled in to the start at about the same time. After milling around the starting area for a while the race went off just about on time.
|Gratuitous Starting Line Photo|
Once the runners were on their way...
|Runners are on their way|
|Milling around. There are about 500 fewer people here than 10 minutes ago.|
From here I spent the day following the course and snapping pictures.
|About 7 miles into the race.|
|Typical Scenery on the run.|
|Sandbar to Island|
|About 15 Minutes Later|
|Kelly Crossing Into Maine for the Last Time|
|Yes, it's Really Her|
From the lighthouse which was the furthers point out the runners had a grueling run back to town repeating the hilly terrain in reverse order.
|"Yay, I'm done"|
|A tinfoil blanket, a cup of yogurt and an orange juice.|
Oh, and one final note:
|I Should Have Brought My Fat Bike!|