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Portland, Maine

Maine is a very sparsely populated, remote coastal state, famous mainly for lobsters and Stephen King. Knowing this I was wary of travelling after midnight, but needed to fill up with gas and find a place to stay for the night. The gas station was completely deserted as I pulled in, but being self-serve I thought I would be okay. No sooner had I got out of the car than I came face to chest with a Cyclops. I would have been face to face with him if he hadn’t been over seven feet tall. He starts off the conversation with “You’re not from round these parts, are you?” as expected, and then proceeds to talk about Scotland for some unknown reason. I manage to shuffle past him to the pump, and then he starts offering to help fill up. Well, I wasn’t going to upset him by refusing, so I let him get on with it. He was wearing a gas station pair of overalls, the trousers of which stopped just below his knees. Now I didn’t know if this was because the gas station didn’t have overalls that fir people who are seven feet tall or if he had just taken them from the corpse of the real gas station attendant who he had just brutally murdered, and I wasn’t hanging around to find out. As soon as he lumbered off to fetch me a receipt, I was into the Dream Machine leaving a trail of rubber behind me.
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Portland, despite being the largest city in Maine, is a small quaint place. There are a few hills, a couple of interesting museums, and some lighthouses that really define the lifestyle there. It’s sort of a laid-back version of Cornwall without having to fight Bank Holiday traffic to get there, although in the summer most of the population of the surrounding states comes up here to relax. It also has an ancient observatory from where you can take in a view of the entire town. A cruise ship had just docked in the harbour, so it was interesting to watch all the tourists pile off it and head for the selection of bars and restaurants on the waterfront. One intrepid group of people actually asked me for directions to a museum, so I shrugged my shoulders, gave them my map and headed for the easy-to-find bar instead.

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