Squeezing in a Pre-Wedding Ride on the Maine Coast

I'm not great with exercise while traveling, but I got the formula right last weekend. We were in Portland, Maine for a wedding and with the event not starting until the evening I was left with the bulk of the day to do something interesting. I had originally thought I'd take a drive inland and find some trails, but because of a small calf strain, I was reluctant to run. Instead, I thought I'd try to rent a bike and take a ride up to my old college stomping grounds.

In the week prior to our trip, I did a small amount of Google Maps research, and found Cyclemania just a half mile from the Airbnb that we'd be staying in - then was pretty excited to find their Premium Road Bike rental option. A 5-minute phone call was all it took to set up the rental - during which I turned down a full carbon Trek Madone, in emphatic favor of a titanium Seven Cycles Axiom S. Sweet!

Everything else fell into place like clockwork - we got into town early enough to pick up the bike Friday evening, I got out of the house at 7am on Saturday morning, the weather was absolutely incredible, I cruised 30 miles up to my alma mater, made a loop around campus and then headed back to Portland just in time for a killer lunch at Central Provisions, some donuts at The Holy Donut and a sampler flight at Shipyard Brewing, followed by an evening of celebration and dancing. A great day!