Wednesday, while cool initially, was quite humid with a forecast high of 77º F. We decided to take a week off from hiking and just do a little site seeing later in the day. I began my day watching stage 11 of the Tour de France. There is something pleasant about watching bicycle riders suffer for hours climbing 12% grades in the Alps from the comfort of your leather recliner. I've done enough of that in my life spending hours climbing in hot weather over mountain passes day after day on a 500 mile bike rides not that many years ago.....I know what it feels like. Certainly, I do not ride as fast as these guys do, or as many miles in a single day as they do, and I was never riding for the 'yellow jersey', but I do understand the suffering. It is suffering to which you willingly submit yourself.......it is for the sense of accomplishment, and for the reward.......the equally long downhill. You stand on the pedals for mile after mile with the wind in your face........all the pain of a few moments prior is forgotten.
Stage 11 was completed around noontime, and we were in the VW shortly thereafter driving over to Northeast Harbor to have lunch at the Asticou Inn and Restaurant.........Yelp gives them a solid 4 stars on 34 reviews. We arrived just after 12:30 pm, and were shown immediately to a table on the outside deck......perfect!
......and it was a very nice way to walk off our lunch! We were home about 2:45 pm.....time for a nap for moi.
We watched some more 'Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee', and some recorded shows. I was in bed a little after 9 pm as it is back to work on Thursday!
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