China Lake Cruise

China, Maine

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This ride is just plain good pedaling on quiet back roads in an area of rural Maine that’s easily accessible from the interstate and from coastal regions. A study of Maine’s place names is intriguing. Many of the most melodic names are derived from Native American words. Names like “Mooselookmeguntic” roll off the tongues of local eight-year-olds but are sure to give pause to visitors. Likewise the “exotic” names, common in a broad swath settled in the early nineteenth century, seem perfectly ordinary to local folks. Imagine a bike trip through China, Norway, Peru, Madrid, Mexico, Rome, and Egypt. It’s quite possible — in just a few days — in central Maine. Conventional wisdom holds that the Chinas of this trip (China, South China, and China Lake) are named not for the country but for a hymn that was popular with early settlers.
Road Biking Northern New England

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Road Biking Northern New England

by Sandy Duling (Falcon Guides)

This ride is just plain good pedaling on quiet back roads in an area of rural Maine that’s easily accessible from the interstate and from coastal regions. A study of Maine’s place names is intriguing. Many of the most melodic names are derived from Native American words. Names like “Mooselookmeguntic” roll off the tongues of local eight-year-olds but are sure to give pause to visitors.

Likewise the “exotic” names, common in a broad swath settled in the early nineteenth century, seem perfectly ordinary to local folks. Imagine a bike trip through China, Norway, Peru, Madrid, Mexico, Rome, and Egypt. It’s quite possible — in just a few days — in central Maine. Conventional wisdom holds that the Chinas of this trip (China, South China, and China Lake) are named not for the country but for a hymn that was popular with early settlers.

©  Sandy Duling/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: China
Distance: 34.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best Summer and Fall
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to China Lake Cruise

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