Some odd, or interesting, things about Maine that I wanted to share. It’s always neat to see a different part of the country and see not only the landscape but also the industry that supports the area. Where we were was considered northeastern Maine and their income is predominantly based on potatoes. Who knew? When I think of Maine, I think of trees. Not so in this area, there was a lot of farmland which was currently filled with a variety of crops, but mostly potatoes. Come to find out that Maine is a large producer of seed potatoes and potatoes for french fries. It comes in as the second largest source of income for the state, only behind lobster.
The area was also home to the largest, most accurate, scaled solar system. We kept seeing random planets along highway 1 and came to find out that it was a project of a local college. It’s to 93,000,000th scale. Seems really dumb if you ask me but after seeing the size of them and driving from one to the next, it really did put things into perspective. I didn’t see it but the sun was 40′ in diameter while the earth looked to be about 3-4″ in diameter and it probably took us about a half an hour to drive from the beginning to the end. Here is Jupiter and Saturn as examples.
Going back to the Loring Air Force Base that we were on, we did hear quite a bit more about it as well. It was an extremely busy place during its time. The runway is 7′ thick concrete and was the largest heated runway in the U.S. It had the largest munitions depot which included nuclear weapons and nearby missle silos. It was the closest base to Russia which made it extremely important during the Cold War. It’s a bit of a ghost town now with empty buildings and rows of vehicles just left in their original parking spots. We did find out that it is currently only used for land speed racing, nothing else. I can only imagine what it would have looked like when it was lined up with B-52’s and all the hustle and bustle that went with it.
So, there you go. Didn’t know you were going to learn such interesting facts today, did you? I like to keep you informed as well as entertained! We never did see a moose which was pretty disappointing. We did, however, have two burst trailer tires which was exciting enough. Cora was a trooper in all the traveling and got many compliments on her own hot rod. We just aren’t sure what class she would run in. May have a slight speed addiction herself someday. Go figure!
Thanks for following us on this adventure. Land speed racing is kind of a niche hobby and it’s nice to know we have a lot of supporters, even if you find it boring or don’t quite understand it. Some days I can’t figure it out either but when someone puts so much effort into their dream, it’s nice to see that it is appreciated. Please follow us again when we go to the upcoming Ohio Mile on the 26th & 27th of September.