Take a Hike: Grab a Bike…and Other Adventures

I wrote a hodgepodge post a couple of weeks ago, and today brings me to another one of those. With the school year wrapping up, there are a lot of things that I want to write about with little time before I’ll be going into different summertime adventures, so please bear with me as I go ahead. The focus of today’s post will be biking in Brunswick, but also food. There’s always food on this blog…

I recently started biking to get a workout in after hitting a running lull post Race the Runways in April. Since I’ve started, I’ve noticed that Brunswick has a lot of people going out and riding bikes, so it’s definitely easy to do in town. I’ve talked time and again about the Androscoggin River Bike Path, and I still stand by it as a great way to get outdoors. If you’re nervous about biking on the roads right away, this is a good place to start. It’s about a seven mile loop out and back, and though it’s half pretty (the side next to the Androscoggin) and half not (the side next to the highway), it’s a good ride. The Chain Station bicycle shop can help you get the gear you need from helmets to bikes and attire. The staff there is helpful and steered me in the right direction moving ahead.

IMG_2379Once you get more comfortable, take a ride down Mere Point Road to the ocean. It’s a fourteen mile ride round trip from downtown Brunswick all the way to the tip, and it’s definitely more interesting than biking on the bike path. There can be  a lot of cars along the Maine Street portion of the road, but once Maine Street becomes Maquoit Road and then Mere Point Road, it gets a lot quieter and a lot more beautiful. There are a lot of trees, open fields, and then the ocean at the end of it all. With the weather getting nicer, riding a bike in Brunswick is a really awesome way to explore.

IMG_2347Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there are a couple of new restaurants I discovered in the area this weekend. Trattoria Athena is related to Enoteca Athena which I’ve mentioned before, and their Italian and Greek selection is great. It’s located in a strange and not aesthetically pleasing place, on a side street between The Great Impasta and the highway, so it’s location can be a bit of a drawback. However, the atmosphere inside is still nice. My mom was up visiting for an a cappella concert, so we went here for dinner on Friday night. We split the mozzarella di bufala to start which was served with garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, spinach, and toasted baguette (read: incredible). It was a special, so I don’t know if they offer it all the time, though. I had a fettuccine special with honeyed truffles among other things which I can’t remember, but it also was really good. Finally, we split an olive oil, hazelnut cake for dessert which was served with a caramel sauce. Everything was really good. The location may have been weird and the menu slightly limited, but a great experience overall.

IMG_2377The next day, we went to brunch at Mae’s Cafe and Bakery in Bath. Mae’s is located well in downtown Bath and has big windows inside, letting in a lot of natural light and making the restaurant feel really nice and open. Although their iced coffee wasn’t anything incredible and somebody told me to avoid their hollandaise sauce (which I probably wouldn’t get anyways), their blueberry pancakes had the right amount of blueberries and were perfectly fluffy. Their baked goods also looked delicious, though my mom and I were way too stuffed to try any. I’d definitely come back and would try their other food as well.

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