Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29th - picking up the rental car and spending the day in Bar Harbor, Maine

We woke up at 7:30 this morning and I immediately called Hertz Rental Service to see if they had a vehicle for us to pick up this morning.  I spoke with Linda and she said that we could come right in and pick it up so we got dressed and headed down to Trenton with the bike and the trailer loaded with cardboard.  The owner of the hotel was able to provide us with cardboard to use in the car so that we didn't get the carpet dirty and also keep the bike from getting any more beat up than it already is. 

We got to the Bar Harbor airport in Trenton about 8:45AM and rented a 2011 Rav 4 which is a small sport utility vehicle.  John took out all his tools out of our backpack and started to dis-assemble our bike.  First he took off the seats, disconnected the quick links for the brakes and derailers, took a part the flip it for the handlebars, took off the timing chain, and then attempted to loosen the SS Couplers.  No go - they were extremely tight and didn't budge.  So we took off both wheels, rear derailer, and the back fender and then we were able to put the bike frame in the vehicle in one piece.  We loaded up the rest of the pieces and then we were able to close the back hatch of the vehicle and we went down to the Bar Harbor Bicycle shop where they assisted us in loosening the SS Couplers so the frame could be loaded in the vehicle behind the front seats.  So now we are good to go! 

We are ready to go pick up our rental car!

It's a little foggy this morning, fortunately traffic is light!

Beautiful scenery even in the fog!

Foggy morning!

There are numerous lobster shacks along the way!

Signs all over selling fresh, or cooked lobster, clams, mussels, etc.

Little foggy as we arrive at the airport.  Glad we are not flying today!

Getting ready to dis-assemble our bike!

Here we go!

So far so good - we got one seat off!

What's next?

John said "the bike is starting to look naked"!

Checking out what to take a part next!

Front chain!

Disconnecting the quick links!

Quick links!

Close up of the quick links!

Trying to turn the SS Couplers - wouldn't budge!

Taping the handlebar down to the frame!

Okay - let's see if it will fit this way!

Nope - had to take it back out and take off the back wheel, fender, and derailer along with the front wheel!

Now maybe it will fit!

This will work until we get to the Bar Harbor Bike shop to see if they can help us loosen up the SS couplers!

Loaded - close the door, let's go!

After spending about 15 minutes at the bike shop we were able to dis-assembly the rest of the frame of the bike and easily store it in the back seat of the car!

Our poor bike will never be the same!

Cool shop down on Main Street in Bar Harbor, Maine!

Sail boat in the harbor!

Three gals that arrived in Bar Harbor today - they bicycled in a group of 25 woman from Fargo, ND to Bar Harbor, Maine!

More pictures of the harbor!

Landscape by the harbor!

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