By DEIRDRE FLEMING – March 15, 2010

phot of Bob BowkerCAPE ELIZABETH: Bob Bowker pointed at two lighthouses that sat back from the lush vegetation some distance from the park named for them on the Cape Elizabeth peninsula.

At one time, they were used by mariners to help navigate into Portland Harbor, he explained. ”They would line up the two lights,” he said.

And just as Bowker offered this impromptu history lesson about Two Lights State Park, a motorist with a Maine license plate pulled up and asked the cyclist for directions to Portland Head Light farther up the coast.

Bowker obliged, but quickly added with a wave to Cape Elizabeth Light east and west: ”There are two lighthouses right there.”

As the creator of the Maine Lighthouse Ride, Bowker is a bit of an advocate for lighthouses. The charity ride, which will be held for the fifth year Sept. 13, winds by five lighthouses and within view of three others that sit offshore: Wood Island Light, Ram Island Ledge Light and Halfway Rock Light.

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