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July 28th, 2013 | Maine

Camden, Maine…

Camden became somewhat of a “Halfway House” for the many members of the Spahn and Mennen families who were on their way to Prince Edward Island to attend Tiernan and Rachel’s wedding.

Both of Patricia’s sisters, Donna and Mimi, hosted groups of friends and family that had driven up from New Jersey and New York, and even flown in from California !! The days were filled with comings and goings, get-together dinners, and short trips to take in the local scenery…

Tall ships on a grey day. Camden Harbour, Maine.

Tall ships on a grey day. Camden Harbour, Maine.

For me, it was a time to go over my plans for the next few weeks, and try to decide what I could fit in before and after the wedding… For Patricia, it was an opportunity to hang out with her sister’s; do a bit of paddle-boarding on a lake nearby; and of course, check out the local yoga studio…

This is lobster country !! The critters are for sale everywhere you look...

This is lobster country !! They are one of the mainstays of the local economies up and down the coastline, and the critters are for sale everywhere you look…

The weather was a good deal different from that which we had experienced over the past few weeks, and it quickly became evident that I had not packed enough cold weather gear when I had left South Africa to make my final rides through the USA and Canada… The further north we traveled, the more fickle the weather became… One minute it was warm and sunny, the next, clouds would either roll in from the sea or be borne down from the Great Lakes region, and envelop the entire area…

I had to constantly check in to my weather program to find windows of opportunity that would make riding worthwhile, and keep discomfort to a minimum…

The four sisters, Patricia, Mimi, Donna and Sally.

The four sisters, Patricia, Mimi, Donna and Sally.

Sally and Richard, proud parents of the soon to be married, Tiernan.

Sally and Richard, proud parents of the soon to be married, Tiernan.

And the soon to be married a year...!! Can you believe it...?? Time has certainly flown...

And the soon to be married a year…!! Can you believe it…?? Time has certainly flown…

The self styled Interlopers of the family. Richard, David and Raphael from Santa Barbara...

The self styled, “Interlopers of the family”. Richard Mennen, David Wright, and Raphael Wolfe from Santa Barbara… I am a recent addition to this select group of individuals, who are doomed to forever have their patience sorely tested…

We stayed at Donna’s home, a short walk from the town centre, for the first few days before moving out to spend a few more days with Mimi and David, who live on a beautiful piece of land, surrounded by fields of Blueberries …

Our camper in Appleton, This cozy home on wheels served as our lodgings for a few days.

Our camper in Appleton, This cozy “home on wheels” served as our lodgings for a few days. This is a form of camping that I can deal with !!

David, who as I have explained before, is a professional photographer who has many National Geographic shoots amongst others, behind him, suggested that I be the subject for an upcoming photography blog that he was writing, and had me ride the Big Fella to a large rocky area close to their home, where he took a number of photographs to demonstrate such technical matters like depth of field, and the use of different lenses to get the most out of the subject matter…

While I understood very little of the technical jargon, being a “point and shoot” man myself, I parked the bike in the spot he indicated would best suit his needs, and then watched as he went to work, taking photos from different angles, and once getting a lens so close to my face, that I thought the subject matter might be “nostril hair”…

When he had completed the shots he needed, he then used my old faithful, and “much-dropped and abused” camera to take a few photos for my own records…

Bike and Rider... From a camera that has now taken over 42 000 photos. David's will no doubt be infinitely better, and once his blog is written, I will direct you to the website to make your own comparisons...

Bike and Rider… From a camera that has now taken over 42 000 photos. David’s will no doubt be infinitely better, and once his blog is written, I will direct you to the website to make your own comparisons…

The Big Fella enjoys the wide open spaces of Maine.

The Big Fella enjoys the wide open spaces of Maine. I think at this point he was as wistful as I was, keen to get back onto the open road to keep the adventure going…

The farmer next door to Mimi and David’s home, invited David to pick Blueberries whenever he wanted, and we needed no second invitation !! We walked out into the field behind the house and collected two large jugs of the sweet, dark fruit, and then put them through a juice-extractor, turning the berries into a few pounds of the most natural jam you could ever hope to find…

While we were visiting with David and Mimi, he received confirmation of his next film shoot, which was of Great White Sharks off Gansbaai in South Africa !! He was all set to leave within just a few days, and would not be able to attend the wedding…

If anybody back home is reading this, and anywhere near the southern Cape for the next few weeks, go out and watch David in action !! He has won many awards for his outstanding work with Crocodiles, Polar Bears and Snakes, including an Emmy !!

After a few relaxing days in Maine, it was time for me to be on my way again. I packed up my kit, and after wishing David a success filled trip to my home country, waved goodbye and headed for Canada…

©GBWT 2013

2 comments to Camden, Maine…

  • Mark Behr

    Maine looks amazing – great open spaces and beautiful countryside. Send us a link to the photos he took. Would love to see them.

  • Charmz

    Blueberry jam sounds very yummy not to mention those lobsters. Great that the whole family can get together for yet another wedding. Enjoy the festivities.

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