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Formed: 1820
Population: 1,328,361 people
Area: 91,646 sq/ kilometres

Maine is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, New Hampshire to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is both the northernmost and easternmost portion of New England. It is known for its scenery—its jagged, mostly rocky coastline, its low, rolling mountains, its heavily forested interior and picturesque waterways—as well as for its seafood cuisine, especially lobsters and clams. The original inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine were Algonquian-speaking peoples. The first European settlement in Maine was in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. The first English settlement in Maine, the short-lived Popham Colony, was established by the Plymouth Company in 1607. A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate, deprivations, and conflict with the local peoples wiped out many of them over the years. As Maine entered the 18th century, only a half dozen European settlements still survived. Patriot and British forces contended for Maine's territory during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Maine was an exclave of Massachusetts until 1820, when as a result of the growing population and a political deal regarding slavery, it became the 23rd state on March 15 under the Missouri Compromise.

My Experience

It's been a while since I've been in the US and Maine was a great state to re-enter. With nice roads, minimal hills and a unique blend of small towns and big cities to pass through it can cater to any type of cyclist. I'd recommend it!


Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while travelling through Maine. Click one to read!



Distance Traveled: 416.64 km
Distance Ascended: 3,311 m
Distance Descended: 3,514 m
Energy Consumed: 18,801 calories
Overall Cost: $65.66
    Food: $50.66
    Drink: $15.00
    Transport: $0.00
    Entertainment: $0.00
    Equipment: $0.00
    Misc: $0.00
Longest Day: 2011-05-03 - 114.92 km
Most Climbed: 2011-05-05 - 1086.00 m
Most Energy Burned: 2011-05-03 - 5173.00 calories
Most Expensive Day: 2011-05-07 - $ 19.00

Daily Statistics

Date Location Distance (km) Cost ($CAD) Map
2011-05-07 Portland, ME, US 0.00 $19.00
2011-05-06 Portland, ME, US 109.90 $15.81 Map
2011-05-05 Vasselboro, ME, US 98.19 $14.65 Map
2011-05-04 Bangor, ME, US 93.63 $10.00 Map
2011-05-03 Winn, ME, US 114.92 $6.20 Map


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