Last weekend I took a road trip to Maine, I wanted to see the ocean one last time before the cold season. I left Granby (Que) on Friday at 5 p.m., I checked in at the motel in Ogunquit around 9. I briefly watched the Weather Channel, Ophelia was in Nantucket, and we were supposed to get some nasty weather all weekend long...hum great! On Saturday, I took a long walk on the Footbridge beach and along the Ogunquit River. It was cloudy but it never rained. I finally had the opportunity to eat of of those American greasy cheese pizza I love so much, so I knocked myself out, I went to Para's at the Wells Plaza.:o) I didn't know if it was going to rain in the afternoon so I decided to go on a little road trip to Boston. I took route 1 down through Portsmouth, NH, took the Tobin Bridge and stopped in Charlestown to take some pictures. I really love Charlestown, it somehow reminded me of New Orleans with its narrow streets. I went back on the north shore and visited East Boston and Chelsea for a while.
Then I went back to Maine, I craved for a good shrimp scampi since I've been in Maine last June! I went to Wormwood's Restaurant in Camp Ellis, and even though the place is off the touristy area, it was literally packed with people. I had to wait for half an hour, but it was worth it! After dinner, I headed to Portland, I was looking for a particular nightclub but it apparently closed just a few weeks ago. I finally drove all around town, I took Promenade St., went to the waterfront and back to Commercial St. Portland is a neat city at night!
On Sunday, I had a destination in mind : Bar Harbor and Acadia NP. I left Ogunquit around 10:30 a.m. and arrived at the gate of Acadia around 2 p.m. I took the Park Loop Road since I didn't have enough time to hike or walk around. It was still cloudy on that day, but from what I could see, the park offers breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean. Actually, the islands along the Frenchman Bay reminded me of one of our own national park in Quebec called Le Bic.
Unfortunately, after a few hours of exploring I had to go back home! I decided to try a new route. From Bangor I took route 2 and then, near Farmington, I took SR4 north through the mountains. Route 4 is a fun road to drive, lots of curves and hills. Then I took route 16 towards Eustis and 27 towards Coburn's Cove and didn't see a single car for at least 60 miles! That part of Maine is very wild, lots of unofficial good spots for camping. I finally arrived at the border around 9 p.m. The agents are so sweet in these parts, no unnecessary questionning, no searching the car. It took me 2 hours (20 km + above the speed limit) to go from Woburn (Que) to Granby. I ended up having a very long day of driving but it sure was fun to pick a different route and see some new scenery.
Ps-AZBuck, I wanted to follow your suggestions, but I stupidly forgot to print them out and couldn't remember the name of the town you told me about in NH!:o((