On to Westbrook, Maine

6/3/22

Today was an interesting, varied day. It was raining pretty hard when Gail and I woke up in Sanford, and we spent the morning lounging around with her two adorable orange kitties, Candy and Ted. Gail made a delicious vegan pasta primavera for lunch, and then while the rain was paused, we loaded up my rig into her car and headed out toward Westbrook, where I’m staying tonight with my friend-of-friend (and Warmshowers) hosts John and Mary, and their son James. It rained for much of the drive, so I was very grateful to not be navigating those 30ish miles on the bike.

When we arrived, I met two more adorable cats: Zizi (pictured) and Gemma (not pictured, because she is an older and more reticent floof). Zizi is two years old, and full of energy and curiosity. She jumped right up onto my lap, and also made fast friends with my hydration pack, which served as a sort of amusement park ride for her.

This was prescient, because when John arrived home and we biked out to get dinner at a nearby Thai place—meeting up with Mary there—I learned that Westbrook was having a festival this weekend, right near the restaurant. Actually, John was supposed to have been performing music there, but unfortunately that performance had been canceled due to the rain.

Still, after dinner we walked through the festival/carnival, including the main band that were still performing, a ‘70s/disco cover band. It was kind of fun for me to unexpectedly find myself in a nighttime carnival, having just recently visited Coney Island during the day, when the rides were dormant.

After we walked through the festival, Mary walked home while John gave me a short nighttime guided tour of Westbrook’s river bike path. We saw some old mills, new office buildings, a cool sculpture (not pictured) and a really cool waterfall.

I never know what will unfold on any given day. This was cool.

Tomorrow: Portland!

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