A Photographic Day in Maine

6 Oct

I had a perfect day, clear skies and cool but comfortable riding temperature. I rode about 200 miles on paved backroads and took many pictures; this creek with my phone and many with my Fuji x10.

This is Stoney Brook in South Paris Maine.
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This rock was way too big to bring home and although the leaves are faded and dry but it makes a good memory of what I saw in Maine this trip.

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I stopped along Roxbury Notch Road, hwy #120, north of Roxbury in a wet boggy area and hoped to see a moose. Instead I took a picture of a wind farm with 22 turbines, slightly visible on the ridge in the distance directly over my bike.   http://recordhillwind.com/   The other picture is looking south over moose habitat.

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I was in Andover and found a small plaque in the town park that commemorates the 1962 Telstar satellite history. “Telstar was, at once, a technical, political, and cultural happening, providing impetus to the world of globalized information we take for granted today.” The small experimental, low powered satellite, damaged and not working after about 6 month’s, is still circling the globe every 158 minutes.

http://www.corp.att.com/attlabs/reputation/timeline/62trans.html

I didn’t realize that Andover was so famous for it’s connection to outer-space.  I stumbled by accident upon the plaque in the park near the church, I had ridden past the road that would have lead me to the location of the Andover Earth Station. Literally I had missed some history by only about 700 meters. The location shown on GoogelEarth is approximately at N 44° 38′  W 70° 42′ and is in the center of this topo map.

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In an odd quirk of fate a meteorite fell in a farmer’s field near Andover on August 5th, 1898. Talk about close encounters of the bolide kind !

Check out the Andover Meteorite ( now in the Smithsonian )    http://www.rasny.org/andover.htm

A few miles south of town I was able to ride over the Lovejoy wooden covered bridge. Built in 1867, is one of few left that I’ve ridden over, and is still in daily use.
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One Response to “A Photographic Day in Maine”

  1. Kathy October 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Looking forward to your Tuesday blogpost so that I’ll know you safely made it through the day. 20 miles from the hostel, traffic slowed to a stop. There had been signs saying there would be one-way places on the road because of construction, but the one-way traffic I came upon was due to an accident, not sure how serious and a number of emergency vehicles present. It appeared to have involved one pick-up and one car which was resting in its side… 😦 Rain stopped shortly after that and Koda and I made it to Sackville, NB for the night.

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