Missing that heat wave again, I met one of my bike buddies, Ron, a bit earlier than usual for a fine and happy ride along part of the Centennial Trail. We opted for a different start point of Machias Station (no services) to the town of Arlington. It is a perfect place for an ice cream bar — or coffee/tea spot — but it is an empty building with restrooms attached. Everyone who uses this trail stops here along the way.

Entering Arlington, we were surprised to come upon The Farmers Market with tons of people milling about.

I believe I am a day late with the FOOD TRUCK, but oh well… this is where I found one.

I had been planning our lunch stop at a nice shaded table or at the covered shelter, but nothing was available to us but a table in the sun.

And what do you know… FRUIT AND VEGGIE MONTH

It was MY idea to get an ice cream as preparation (and a preventative measure 😉) for the upcoming heat wave. We walked the couple of blocks down to the ice cream shop and I had to stop for this photo — I believe this carving is part of the tree trunk, but I could be wrong.

And then .. ta da…

Ron is much happier for the ice cream than he seemed for lunch ;’-).

I think it was a really good thing that I had that ice cream idea, otherwise it could be possible that I would have lost a bike buddy. I had told Ron that this ride would be 25-26 miles and most likely closer to 25. Welllllll… we did 34 but he was still smiling at the end and said he would happily join me on more rides. Thank You Ice Cream.


  1. By: BobinVT Posted: June 26, 2022

    Ice cream does make any ride better!

    • By: NancyG Posted: June 26, 2022

      I could not agree more Bob!! Ice Cream is IT.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 26, 2022

    Very nice long ride with lots of interesting things and some challenge finds as well.
    The carving is really amazing.
    NIce that Bob accompanied you — ice cream is always a good reward.

    • By: NancyG Posted: June 26, 2022

      Thanks Rich, it was a good ride and lots to see and experience — especially the Ice Cream!

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