MACHIAS – Ladies of Lubec, your single, educated, well-traveled man rode into town on a 1946 Harley-Davidson motorcycle earlier this week.
But he’s gone now.
Aaron Moore of Dallas, Texas, stopped in Lubec long enough to take his own picture at the “Easternmost Point of the United States” marker at the West Quoddy Lighthouse.
Then he set out for the bright lights of New York City, where he wants a picture of his bike in Times Square.
The lone traveler has completed the goal of his journey: Ride to the most northern, western, southern and eastern points of the country.
“Folks just have different ideas with what to do with their lives,” Moore said by cell phone from upstate New York on Thursday. “If it’s in your blood to travel, that’s hard to ignore.
“I just didn’t want to wake up and be married one day, without doing this trip.”
A corporate attorney, Moore quit his job and put his belongings in storage.
He bought his bike, a classic Knucklehead model, in January and worked on restoring it until he left on his trip on July 3.
Moore has covered 17,000 miles to date. On one stretch of the Alaskan Highway, he rode 240 miles between seeing any signs for shelter or gas.
He road north first, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, then west to Anchor Point, Alaska. Then he rode south to Key West, Fla., then lastly to Lubec.
In Lubec, he “met a lot of people,” he said.
“So many people I met there were born and raised in that area,” he said. “That’s unusual in other parts of the country.
“I also noticed that the people in Maine have some similarities to those in Alaska. They are a hardy, independent and self-sufficient bunch. I kind of like that.”
Before leaving Maine, he enjoyed a lobster dinner while traveling along Route 3 into Bar Harbor. He also spent last Tuesday enjoying the fall foliage in Acadia National Park.
Once out of Down East, he spent nights at campgrounds in Searsport and Auburn. Then he was out of the state.
Next comes New York City, then Washington, D.C., where he has never been.
One thing is sure. Moore won’t be getting rid of his bike, now that his trip is done.
“This bike I will keep forever,” he said. “I won’t sell this one.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF AARON MOORE