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Get Your Classic Oakley Sunglasses Ready for the Freeport, Maine Women's Ride

Get Your Classic Oakley Sunglasses Ready for the Freeport, Maine Women's Ride

LL Bean Summer In The Park

If you’re looking for some outdoor fun, make sure to add a trip to the L.L. Bean Discovery Park to your summer schedule. Featuring free outdoor concerts, festivals, farmer’s markets, and more, it’s no surprise that the annual Summer in the Park event has become a tradition for locals and travelers alike. This three-month long event has activities designed to get the whole family involved in some good old fashioned outdoor fun.

There are quite a few events to look forward as part of Summer in the Park 2016, including multiple free concerts, a fantastic Fourth of July celebration, and many athletic events. One of these events is the Maine Women’s Ride on June 12th.

(While you’re out enjoying the sun, don’t forget proper protection. Sunscreen and sunglasses are important for any outdoor summer activity. Classic Oakley sunglasses are always a great choice for eye protection. If yours have seen more than a few miles, don’t give up on them! LenzFlip has the replacement lenses you need to make your favorite shades last.)

All About The Ride

The Maine Women’s Ride is a bike ride put on each year by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. This will be the race’s 15th year, and will feature a number of fun ways to honor the anniversary.

The event itself features a number of different rides designed to cater to a wide range of participants. There are 10, 25, 50, and 62 mile routes, all incorporating the quiet roads, beautiful coast, and expansive countryside of the area.

The 10 Mile Ride

In addition to beautiful coastal views, the 10 mile ride also takes participants past the Bliss Woods Preserve. The Preserve is made up of 85 acres of forest area, and has many hiking trails to explore. If you are looking for a nice family activity after the race is done, it is a great place to spend the day admiring the towering trees and natural wildlife of the New England area. The ride also takes you past Winslow Memorial Park. This is another hidden gem of the region, and a must see if you are visiting the area. Because it is off the beaten path, it’s a nice quiet place to enjoy some quality family time. In addition to camping areas, picnic tables, and walking trails, there is also a small beach where you can enjoy swimming on a hot summer day. Because the park itself is set further out from any highways or nearby businesses the only noise you are likely to hear will be the sound of seagulls flying above, along with the sounds of other visitors enjoying their summer day.

The 25 Mile Ride

The 25-mile ride follows a different path, taking participants past the Audubon Mast Landing Sanctuary, and the Quarry Woods. Located only a mile from downtown Freeport, Mast Landing is a great place to explore if you want to stay close to the city. Trails wind through its 140 acres, taking patrons through orchards, fields, and forests, and teaching them all about the rich human and natural history of the area. Some historical locations within Mast Landing include an old dam and historic mill-masters house that is now used as the caretaker’s residence. In its prime, the river once powered a saw mill, textile mill, two grist mills, and a woodworking shop, all vital to the survival of the nearby town. The sanctuary itself was founded in 1962 and has featured summer camps, educational walks and hikes, and many other activities over the years to encourage locals and visitors alike to discover and appreciate the natural history of the area.

The 50 Mile Ride

The 50-mile ride also passes Mast Landing, then continues on, taking riders past a number of other beautiful outdoor destinations, including Hedgehog Mountain, Bradbury Mountain State Park, and Pratt’s Brook Park. Bradbury Mountain is one of the 5 original state parks, and was acquired by the Federal government in 1939. It is open year round and has plenty to do whether you are looking to spend an afternoon, a whole day, or more. The park has around 35 campsites that can accommodate anything from a tent to a camper. Other features include restrooms, showers, drinking water, telephones, dishwashing stations, and picnic areas.

The 62 Mile Ride

The 62-mile ride is the longest route, and passes many more nature attractions in addition to all the previously mentioned locations.

Grab Your Classic Oakley Sunglasses, Your Bike, Your Helmet, And Get Signed Up!

If you are participating in the ride, there is a schedule of events to help you prepare for the feat, including pre-ride stretches scheduled periodically at 7:05, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:00 a.m. depending on which ride you are participating in. A lunch is also offered from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and yoga sessions are offered at 11:45 a.m., and 12:30 and 1:15 p.m.

To sign up you can register online at www.mainewomensride.com, or onsite from on Friday June 10th at Coffee by Design from 4-6 p.m., or on Saturday June 11th at the L.L. Beau Bike, Boat, and Ski Store from 4-6 p.m. These are also the packet pick-up locations for pre-registered participants. Registration fees for the 25, 50, and 62 mile rides vary based on age; adult registration (ages 18-64) costs $60, Senior/Veteran registration (ages 65+) costs $50, youth registration (ages 12-17) costs $35, and children 11 years old and younger ride for free. Additionally, youth age 15 ride free this year in celebration of the rides 15th anniversary.

Participants in the 10-mile ride will be charged $35, or $25 each if registering two riders at the same time. Additionally, Mother-child duos can participate in this ride.

If you don’t want to ride, but still want to participate in this amazing event you can sign up to be a volunteer. Shifts are available on the day of the ride, as well as the evenings leading up to the big event. Volunteers are needed to help with rider packet assembly, ride set-up, rider registration, and merchandise sales. To sign up as a volunteer visit www.mainewomensride.com/volunteer/ and fill out the Volunteer form.

Whether you are participating in a ride or volunteering don’t forget your eye protection. A good pair of sunglasses are crucial to enjoying the outdoors. Your classic Oakley sunglasses still offer great protection no matter what activity you’re engaging in, especially when you update them with new OEM-quality, pure polycarbonate lenses from LenzFlip. Not only will they protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays, but they’ll also help with glare so you can see more clearly whether you are riding a trail or manning a merchandise station.

Other Upcoming Events This Summer At LL Bean Discovery Park

In addition to the Maine Women’s Ride, there are many other events happening this summer at the L.L Bean Discovery Park. On July 2nd, you can grab your lawn chair and head to the park to enjoy a free concert put on by the 195th Army Band. The band is part of the Maine Army National Guard and features musicians from all over the state. The concert will feature a wide variety of musical styles, from rock to classical starting at 2:00 p.m.

If you are in the area for the 4th of July, there will be a number of fun activities as well including live music performed by Maine’s own David Mallett, a Road Race and Fun Run, and of course fireworks!

Additional free concerts will continue throughout the months of July and August featuring well known, local, and up-and-coming artists including Grace Potter, Frankie Ballard, and The Ballroom Thieves accompanied by Maine Youth Rock Orchestra.

There are also a variety of other activities that cater to the whole family. On August 20th, the park will host a Kids’ Get out + Play day, encouraging kids of all ages to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The event is hosted by local Scout groups and will feature slack lining, mountain biking, and more!

On August 27th, Paws for a Cause is teaming up with the Coastal Humane Society to host a fun, pet-friendly event in the park. Bring your best friend and participate in a 5K walk, canine contests, and dog demos, and enjoy more live music and delicious food.

If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, look no further than the L.L. Bean Discovery park. They feature a variety of events that cater to the whole family. And don’t forget to keep yourself and your whole family looking good and seeing well in protective eyewear like your favorite pair of classic Oakley sunglasses.

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