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April 25, 2012 (South Portland, ME) – The Eastern Trail Alliance, together with the East Coast Greenway Alliance, will host the ‘Spring on the Trail’ Bike Ride along the entire off-road portion of the Eastern Trail on Friday, May 18. The ride will showcase what’s been accomplished so far – including two recently completed bridges – and highlight the work that remains in developing this vital community resource.

Riders will meet at Bug Light Park in South Portland by 10:30 a.m. Riders and bikes then will be loaded for transport to Kennebunk to begin the 31-mile ride north on the Eastern Trail at 12 noon, finishing the trip back to Bug Light Park between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Along the way, the group can expect a rest stop at Saco’s Thornton Academy, and views of a future section of trail in Scarborough. Riders will be treated to the spring beauty of southern Maine and the impressive engineering of the trail.

“This is the first ride organized by the Eastern Trail Alliance where you actually spend most of your time on the trail,” said Bob Bowker, vice president of the Eastern Trail Alliance. “If you enjoy biking in a car-free environment where the only distraction is the wind rustling through the trees, this is the ride for you.”

Registration is only available online, and is limited. Rental bikes and helmets are also available. For directions and information on the ride, including registration and bike rental links, visit the Eastern Trail website,

When completed, the Eastern Trail will connect the Piscataqua River in Kittery with Bug Light on Casco Bay in South Portland with a mostly off-road greenway. The Eastern Trail follows the route of the historic Eastern Railroad, the first rail line connecting Boston and the Portland area. It extends through 12 communities in York and Cumberland counties. The Eastern Trail is the Southern Maine portion of the 3,000 mile East Coast Greenway, which stretches from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine.

The Eastern Trail Alliance welcomes opportunities to tell groups about its dream. To schedule a no-cost Eastern Trail slide show, send an e-mail to or call the ETA’s office at 284-9260. For more information about the Eastern Trail check


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