End of Summer Travelogue

0009997_Haiti_Diagram_Paul_Fallon_101103I ended my summer doing two of my favorite things – riding my bicycle and connecting with the friends I have made through my work in Haiti.  Len and Cheryl Ann Gengel invited me to their beach house in Wells, ME.  I had to say yes to the good people, good food, and good beach.  Then I decided to ride my bike, 95 miles each way, to experience New England at that turning point of summer to fall.  I biked through 26 towns in three states, eight hours each way.  Here is a bit of what I saw along the way.

Fresh Pond

Cambridge, MA – Fresh Pond was my start and end point.

Powder House




Somerville, MA – I crossed over Powderhouse Blvd, where I lived when my children were born.

Royall House




Medford, MA – The Royall Mansion

Salem Street




Malden, MA – Salem Street is full of aging commercial

fellswaymelrose middel school



Stoneham, MA – The Fellsway is a great bike route close to the city



Melrose, MA – Melrose has a smashing new Middle School




Wakefield, MA – Lake Quannapowitt and the gazebo are this town’s landmarks




Lynnfield, MA – Beyond Route 128 everything spreads out.  Lynnfield has an extensive historic district.




Peabody, MA – Yikes!  The bike trail that was supposed to by-pass Route 1 is not paved so I have to navigate the spaghetti of highways as best I can.

sylvan street



Danvers, MA – Sylvan Street seems to be the best way to keep off the highways…

BeverlyBeverly, MA – …until I enter Beverly and realize I am way off track


horse crossingWenhem, MA – There are horse signs everywhere.




topsfield fairTopsfield, MA – I finally get back on track in Topsfield.




Ipswich, MA – I have a long slog on Route 1, but there is little traffic and a wide shoulder and the view across the marshes is still spectacular.

barbeque Rowley


Rowley, MA – I skirt the highway to explore Rowley, where I find great barbeque for lunch on my return.

Rt 1 Newburyport



Newburyport, MA – This is the midway point. The worst stretch of the whole trip is the mile leading to the Merrimac River bridge.  A sudden cloud douses me with rain, there is no shoulder, I hit a pothole, and my front light goes flying.  It’s a minor inconvenience but it rattles.



Salisbury, MA – Route 1A turns east and I finally get to the beach!




Seabrook, NH – The ride up the NH coast is incredible. Even the Seabrook nuclear plant cannot diminish the exhilaration of a perfect cycling day.  75 degrees and overcast; by now my legs rotate on their own accord.

Hampton Beach


Hampton Beach, NH – On my way up, I take a break to enjoy the honky-tonk and have a sausage and pepper sub along the beach.

North Hampton



North Hampton, NH – After climbing a cliff out of the strip, mansions surround me.

Rye Beach



Rye Beach, NH – I pass one beautiful beach after another…





Portsmouth, NH – …and descend into the lovely city of Portsmouth, where all kinds of festivals spill into the street.


kitteryKittery, ME – I continue to hug the coast along Route 103.  I see my first tree that has turned to gold. Fort McCleary is a cool resting spot.

York Harbor




York Harbor, ME – Going north, the coastline gets more and more dramatic.

Fox's York Beach



York Beach, ME – I stop for a soft serve at Fox’s, right on the beach.


Front PorchOgunquit, ME – Back on Route 1 the traffic through Ogunquit is tough for cars, but easy for me gliding by on the right.  The Front Porch is packed, as always, on a nice summer day.


Wells BeachWells, ME – The beach at Wells is worth the trip, but even better is seeing Len and Cheryl Ann and about 20 of their friends for a surf and turf buffet and hours of good stories.

Len_Cheryl Ann_me

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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4 Responses to End of Summer Travelogue

  1. Paul Lewis says:

    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Joe Gaken says:

    wonderful travel report – so glad you posted so I could enjoy

  3. Red Hen says:

    Brilliant. I love to cycle but those longer haul trips are something I mean to do more of. Someday.Very inspiring.

  4. Greg says:

    What a feat (or feet?)…but you’re a bad advertisement for our American way of life. Couch potatoes, unite! (me excluded, I hope)

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