Not long after we set off from Ellsworth, Michael’s knee started to bother him, and it became progressively worse as the day went on. Even though we took many breaks, particularly at the top of long hills, it didn’t seem to be getting any better. We decided eventually that the best course of action was to get Michael in to see a doctor. After one failed attempt at a clinic in Bucksport that turned out not to accept walk-in patients, we cycled on to Belfast, a town that had a hospital with an ER. I felt really bad for Michael, who seemed to be in a lot of pain (a 7/10, as he ended up telling the triage nurse) this whole time.
|Spike Jonze, one of Rose and Chip's terriers|
Rose and Chip are artists: Chip is a woodworker, currently carving whales, which Rose paints. Chip is no stranger to adventure, having hitchhiked across Canada and the US in the 70s and 80s. Rose and Chip designed and built the home they live in – their dream home – which is absolutely stunning. The living room, dining room and kitchen form one big, open space. There are large windows everywhere, three verandas and a vegetable garden. The property itself is large and surrounded by trees. The basement houses Rose and Chip’s woodworking shop and also has large windows on one side.
We will be spending a day off here to give Michael’s knee a rest. From here, we head to Portland, where a couple from Warm Showers – a website similar to Couch Surfers, but for touring cyclists – has kindly offered to host us.