Day 1: Orientation in Bar Harbor 3pm
Day 2: Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park Carriage Trails
Miles: 18 miles or 45 miles
Terrain: Hard pack gravel roads inside the park, smooth pavement to and from the park.
We’ll begin our morning with a walk to Destination Health for some gentle yoga; this will get our bodies off to a great start for the day’s riding. From there we’ll cycle into Acadia National Park.
One of Acadia’s unique and prominent features is its network of over 45 miles of carriage roads built by millionaire philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. between 1913 and 1940. Henry Ford’s motor car was gaining popularity at this time, and Rockefeller created this sanctuary for the pleasures of horse and carriage riding. As such they are full, evenly graded, and designed for the best scenic viewing of the park’s splendor. They’re also perfect for bike riding. We’ll spend the day in the park sightseeing gorgeous granite formations and lakes, taking in the history of this extraordinary place, and experiencing the tradition of tea and popovers at the Iconic Jordan Pond House. We finish off the day with yoga at Destination Health.
Day 3: The Schoodic Peninsula
Miles: 42 or 52 miles +2,770 ft / -2,751 ft
Transfer: 10-mile ferry ride to Winter Harbor
Terrain: Smooth pavement, backroads, and shoulders along larger roads
Starting our morning again with yoga at Destination Health, we’ll take a ferry across Frenchman’s Bay to the Schoodic Peninsula, the lesser known and quieter side of Acadia National Park. We’ll have a choice to circumnavigate the peninsula’s cliff-faced coast, or turn West and take in the views of Mount Desert Island from the North. At the end of our day on the bikes, we head back towards Bar Harbor and our luxurious accommodations at the Bar Harbor Inn.
Day 4: Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor
Miles: 31.3 miles · +2,062 ft / -2,074 ft
Terrain: Smooth pavement, much of it one-way.
Today we’ll depart right after breakfast to ride the Park Loop Road, an impeccably smooth one-way blacktop land that winds along Mount Desert’s granite coastline. There are many opportunities to explore the beaches and tide pools along the way. We’ll end our day in Southwest Harbor and rejuvenate our riding muscles with a yoga class at Acadia Yurts, a sweet off-grid wellness center in the woods that has a flotation tank as well!
Day 5: Southwest Harbor to Sedgewick, Deer Isle Loop
Miles: Options up to 50 miles · +3,430 ft / -3,398 ft
Terrain: Chip seal pavement.
Today begins with a 2 hr cruise (including tea and snacks) on the retrofitted chartered lobster boat ferry The Elizabeth T. Our watery route takes us past the Bass Harbor Lighthouse and the islands ofBlue Hill Bay to Brooklyn on the Blue Hill Peninsula. We then have the option to cross the bridge and circumnavigate Deer Isle or head straight to our rented farmhouse for the night. Here we’ll enjoy yoga on the lawn and a traditional Lobster Shore Dinner prepared by your guide Kalyana’s very own chef father.
Day 6: Sedgewick to Orland through Castine
Miles: 38.6 miles · +2,428 ft / -2,422 ft
We’ll head out and hug the Bagaduce Riverbank as we travel North, passing through the quaint and briny fishing town of Castine for lunch on our way to Orland on the Penobscot River. We’ll have afternoon yoga and can choose to watch the sunset from an observatory perched 450 feet atop the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.
Day 7: Return to Bangor
Miles: 21 miles · +1,126 ft / -1,186 ft
We’ll continue to hug the Penobscot River as we range north back towards Bangor where we will experience our last day of yoga together and celebrate our memorable week with a celebratory dinner. Your overnight hotel is included and departs for home the next day.