Why I’ll be car-free in Acadia

We live on a dirt road, which is great for relaxing morning and evening family rambles with the dog. You know what it’s not great for? New bike riders. Learning how to balance, pedal and steer simultaneously is tricky enough without worrying about loose gravel, giant washouts, and a sharply crowned road.

As a result, when we have a new bike rider we spend a lot of time seeking out quiet paved roads and vacated parking lots for some practice time. These are tricky to find and we see a lot of practice interrupted with a yelled “Car coming! CAR COMING!”

Ah, yes, the memories we’ve made in this parking lot.

Which brings me to this weekend.

This Saturday morning, Acadia will be car-free until noon and I and my wobbly little friend will be there. Sadly, his sister will be in school for snow day make-up, but that’s okay. The two of us will have a grand time working out the biking kinks on a section of the park loop road with not a car in sight.

Will we see you there?

Cherie Galyean

About Cherie Galyean

In a perfect world, Cherie Galyean would spend hours every day chasing her kids up hiking trails, pretending to garden, and baking things. Instead, she works full-time in the non-profit sector and fits those other things in-between loads of laundry in her free time. A Maine native with multiple hometowns, she currently lives on Mount Desert Island with her husband, seven-year-old daughter, five-year-old son, and the best shelter mutt in the world.