SCARBOROUGH, May 2, 2013 — If the "Bridge Out" sign is not enough, the drop down to the Nonesuch River from where a bridge used to cross the river is a vivid reminder of the obstacles blocking the off-road linkage of the Eastern Trail to South Portland.
But as a $150,000 study funded by the Maine Department of Transportation progresses, Town Planner Dan Bacon and Eastern Trail Alliance President Bob Hamblen are aware the water crossing may be the easiest part of constructing a 1.5-mile trail section to the Wainwright Field Athletic Complex in South Portland.
Our Maine Lighthouse Ride is getting well-deserved national attention on a website titled "13 Scenic Century Rides." The MLR (slide #10 on the site) is listed as one of 13 rides that "come with scenery you will never forget." The listing goes on to describe more about the MLR, saying that "Several distances are offered, including a 100-mile trek that passes nine of Maine's iconic lighthouses and ventures into breathtaking coastal areas." This publicity is sure to increase interest in the ride, particularly since this site (Active.com) advertises the ride nationally and registers our MLR riders online.
The Kennebunk Post - The Eastern Trail Alliance and Southern Eastern Trail Alliance have begun to set new plans for expanding into motion.
Optimally, the off-road trail will continue from South Portland through Wells, North and South Berwick and Eliot, all the way down to Kittery. The alliance held an informational meeting Tuesday, March 26 in North Berwick to discuss expansion plans and feel out any opposition.
Formally designed in 1998 to follow the abandoned Eastern Railway, the Eastern Trail was constructed for runners, hikers, bikers and other general outdoor enthusiasts.
Nearly every year since the millennium, new paths have been forged between South Portland and Kennebunk.
A large and enthusiastic crowd attended this meeting to present and discuss options for moving the Eastern Trail forward in North Berwick. More information about the meeting here. Click here to read a Foster's Online news article published in advance of the meeting (publ. 3/19). Click here to view a video of the meeting. Stay tuned for updates about new trail developments in North Berwick!
In December 2012, the Arundel and Kennebunk Public Works Departments combined forces to install 14 mile markers on over 3.5 miles of the Eastern Trail — extending from the Arundel northern boundary to Route 35 in Kennebunk.
Measuring six inches by 12 inches and mounted at eye level, these double-sided signs are stationed at quarter-mile increments along the off-road sections of the trail and they provide trail users with a precise location on the trail. More importantly, geo-coordinates of the mile markers will be recorded in the E911 systems of all fire-rescue and police dispatch centers servicing the Eastern Trail, enabling first responders to identify the precise position of any caller requiring emergency assistance. Recreationalists will also find the mileage markers to be a convenient way of tracking their progress while running, cycling, or walking along the trail. These mile markers were generously donated by Southern Maine Medical Center — a longstanding supporter and a sponsor of many charity and health promoting events conducted on the Eastern Trail.
Read the full article at Seacoastonline.com.
Gary Allen recently ran 700 miles from Cadillac Mountain to Washington, D.C., averaging 50 miles a day. We were pleased to learn that along the way, Gary utilized parts of the Eastern Trail Go to ET's Facebook page for Gary's story, events listings and other news - and great comments about the ET! Go to the page for other news updates - and great comments about the ET! Recently the ET FaceBook page went over 1,000 fans ("Likes"). Check out the ET FB page here.
An article about the Nov. 27 Moonlight Walk led by John Andrews and Joe Yuhas. Key quote: "The trail is humming with energy and events -- and it's not done growing."
KENNEBUNK - Since the two major bridges connecting the Eastern Trail went in this year, organized events along the trail have increased twofold.
But to a large extent, the fascination, attraction and use of this off-road, woodland trail has been building steam all along
"The last wintertime moonlit walk we had was last January. That drew 30! We might beat that today," boomed John Andrews, the 75-year-old retired engineer who is a driving force behind this trail being built between South Portland and Kittery.
Read the full article online here
The Eastern Trail, as the southernmost portion of the East Coast Greenway in Maine, is featured in a recent Bangor Daily News article entitled "East Coast Greenway continues to evolve from Kittery to Calais." Read the full article here.