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The 2018 DownEast Rally

Friday, May 18, 2018 to Sunday, May 20, 2018
Hermit Island Campground
5 Hermit Island Rd
Phippsburg , ME
United States
43° 43' 12.3924" N, 69° 51' 8.01" W
Maine US
Host Chartered Club: 

Join us as we return to Hermit Island at the start of the New England riding season for another DownEast Rally. Enjoy 3 days & 2 nights of Oceanside camping at Hermit Island Campground.  Friday night chowders & chili, Sat. morning Full breakfast, Sat. evening lobster dinner & Sun. morning Pancake breakfast. Live music on Saturday night. Maps for self-guided rides will be available.  Fees: $60 for pre-registration w/camping postmarked before May 1st, $70 May 1st and after, if space available. (W/O Sat night meal) Saturday night meal, double lobster dinner for an additional $20; (single lobster $10). Baked Ham/Vegetarian meal $5.  Registrations are accepted after March 1 & will be processed in order of receipt.  Early arrivals will be charged for camping by Hermit Island Campground. Please see for details and registration. Or contact Cedric Harkins at .  207-415-5907. Checks should be payable to BMWRSM.  Send to Cedric Harkins, BMWRSM, 158 Nash Rd., Windham, ME 04062

The Ocean in Maine during the month of May has a cool salty onshore breeze. The breeze fills your lungs quenching the heat of stop and go traffic you just left behind. Rally goers find hilly wooded nooks to pitch a tent. Windblown cedars struggle to push out of gravel soils. Tide waters surround and envelop rough rock outcrops that jut above the hypnotic lapping waves. Beach sand blows, filling voids just large enough for an ultralight tent. This multi generation private island campground has restricted access for the rally.  Trucks with blue barrels of salted lobster bait roll past the showers and on to a private working wharf. Groups gather in screened comfort next to the Kelp Shed’s stone fireplace. Find Canadian friends from three Provinces chatting at picnic tables. Individuals find solace in the silence getting lost in the button brush that holds sand from blowing away.  

     Leave the rally for a day trip and find Billy Joel’s DownEast.  Double and single lane asphalt ribbons carry you first to Bailey and on to Orr Island. Take a bar seat at Cook’s Lobster house and put yourself into your own VISA commercial. Lobster boats swing with the tides hooked to mooring. Inside the helmet you ask yourself: “Is this a painting?”.    
    A lunch stop must is the Winnegance General Store.  Raw oysters on the half shell are farm raised in brackish river water. The result, the most gentle salty essence that matches the breeze.  A cup of the owner’s seafood chowder will not cut it, go for the bowl.  Made fresh with each order this award winning chowder brings down the house.

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