Burke, Victory, Granby

Although we did not finish our project today, we did enjoy a small taste of Victory.  We left the Kingdom Trails parking area in East Burke on our 29-er’s for a 7-mile climb up into the town of Victory.  From there, we cruised over to Granby and then returned via the same route.

We had originally conceived of this ride as a loop ride with even more Victory and a visit to Kirby.  But we had a late afternoon engagement so we settled for a shorter outing. Temperament-wise, I prefer a point-to-point route or a loop route instead of an out-and-back route.  But I am always surprised how many different things I see when on the return leg of an out-and-back route.  Today was no exception with several wide views that we had not noticed on the outbound leg.

With 244 towns completed, we now have 7 towns to go.  But we have already declared Victory!


Jeff at Gallup Mills in Victory


Jeff at the Granby town clerk office


Andy at the Granby-Victory Congregational Church in Granby


Andy at an amazing license plate display in Victory


Andy at the Burke Publick House in East Burke





South Burlington, Williston, Essex, Colchester, Winooski, Burlington

Today we filled in our Chittenden County donut hole.  We started at Farrell Park in South Burlington and followed bike paths to BTV.  We then bushwhacked around the airport including a pretty sketchy dirt road to make our way over to Williston.  We crossed the Winooski River and climbed up to Essex Junction.  From there, we cycled to Winooski with detours through Fort Ethan Allen and St Michael’s College in Colchester.  From Winooski, we cycled into Burlington and jumped on the bike path out to the Ethan Allen Homestead.  We cut over to the waterfront and followed the bike path to Oak Ledge Park and then doglegged back to our starting point.

With 2 new towns, we now have 242 towns completed and 9 towns to go.


Andy taking flight at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington


Jeff takes a break at the 5 corners in Essex Junction


Andy at Elley Long Music Center at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester


Jeff at the falls in Winooski


Andy at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington


Westfield, Jay, Montgomery, Richford, Troy

Today we cycled a circuit around Jay Peak.  We started in Westfield and headed to the village of Jay.  We had a big climb over the south flank of Big Jay with a descent to Montgomery Center.  From Montgomery Center, we cycled to Montgomery and went up and over to the Missisiquoi River on the east side of Richford.  We had another big climb over the north side of North Jay Peak with a descent down to Troy and a return to Westfield.

With today’s ride, we have completed 240 towns with 11 towns to go.


Andy at the bottle/can drop in Jay


Andy at Jay Cloud Cyclery in Montgomery Center


Andy at the Moses Dodge monument in Troy


Jeff at Westfield Community Center


Brighton, Morgan, Norton, Averill, Canaan, Lemington, Bloomfield, Brunswick, Ferdinand, Maidstone, Guildhall

This weekend, we enjoyed two days of awesome cycling in the Northeast Kingdom.  On Saturday, we cycled a loop route through Brighton, Morgan, Warren’s Gore (extra credit!), Norton, Averill, Canaan, Lemington, Bloomfield, Brunswick and Ferdinand. Today, we cycled a Connecticut River loop. We started in North Stratford, NH and cycled downriver on the Vermont side through Bloomfield, Brunswick, Maidstone and Guildhall.  We returned upriver on the New Hampshire side.

With 10 new town’s completed, we have now cycled through 238 towns with 13 towns to go.  Also, with the addition of Warren’s Gore, we have cycled through 2 gores with 2 grant/gores remaining.


Jeff at town line between Morgan & Warren’s Gore


Andy at the Norton war memorial


Jeff at the Averill/Canaan town line


Andy at the Civil War memorial in Canaan


Jeff at Lemington town hall


Andy at the Bloomfield war memorial


Jeff at the Brunswick/Ferdinand town line


Andy at the Brighton Civil War memorial & Grand Trunk Railway Station in Island Pond 


Jeff at Brunswick School House


Andy at Maidstone town memorial


Jeff at Essex County courthouse in Guildhall


Weston, Landgrove, Londonderry, Jamaica, Townshend, Windham, Andover

Yesterday, we cycled an epic loop in southern Vermont:  8 rated climbs!  We completed Windsor County with visits to Weston and Andover.  We also traveled through several Windham County towns for which we were missing photos due to a 2015 camera malfunction.  With two new towns, we have now completed 228 towns with 23 towns to go.


Jeff at Landgrove town office


Andy at Londonderry Honor Roll


Andy at Jamaica Honor Roll


Andy at a jam session in West Townshend


Jeff at Windham Meeting House


Jeff at Andover town office and fallout shelter


Andy at Weston Civil War Memorial


Guilford, Brattleboro, Dummerston, Vernon, Halifax, Marlboro

This weekend, we had an awesome time in southeastern Vermont to complete our last towns in Windham County.  We camped at Fort Dummer State Park in Guilford.  We took the 29-er’s in anticipation of dirt roads.

On Saturday morning, we coasted down from the campground to Brattleboro for breakfast and to view the Strolling of the Heifers.  We saw our Montpelier friends Rob and Sarah across the street at the parade but never got a chance to talk to them. After the parade, we cycled a loop north of town through Dummerston.  We then took a break to check out the festival at the Brattleboro Common before completing a loop south of town through Vernon.

After getting cleaned up on Saturday afternoon, I texted our old friends Scott & Barb to let them know we were in town.  I figured that they would be away but wanted to make at least a halfhearted effort to be a sociable person.  I immediately received a text back from Scott saying they were home.  For the next hour.  So we stopped by and enjoyed good company in the backyard with homemade seltzer and a small bowl of cherries.

On Sunday morning, we embarked on the Tour de Heifer.  There was rain in the forecast for the afternoon so we opted for the 30-mile route instead of the 60-mile route.  (The big hills may have factored into our decision…but only a little.) Our ride started at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro and followed mostly dirt roads through Guilford, Halifax and Marlboro with an epic descent back to Lilac Ridge Farm.

We have now completed 226 towns with with 25 towns to go.  We’re over 90% of the way there!


Andy admiring the heifers in Brattleboro


Andy at the World War II honor roll in Dummerston Center


Jeff at the grange in Dummerston Center


Andy at the Civil War Memorial at the Brattleboro Common


Andy at the Vernon war memorial (with Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in the distance)


Jeff near the original site of Fort Dummer in Brattleboro


Jeff at Fort Dummer State Park in Guilford

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Hanging out with an old friend and a new guitar in Brattleboro


Andy at the World War II memorial in Guilford Center


Andy at the Green River Covered Bridge in Guilford


Andy by the Green River in Halifax


Jeff at Marlboro College


Andy after the Tour de Heifer at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro


Jeff with the Tour de Heifer pizza crew at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro


Burke, Sutton, Newark, Westmore, Brownington, Charleston, Brighton, East Haven

We had awesome weather Sunday for a nice loop ride from East Burke.  We cycled through 8 towns in 3 counties including a very scenic section next to Lake Willoughby. With 6 new towns, we now have 220 towns completed with 31 towns to go.


Andy at Union Meetinghouse in Burke Hollow


Jeff at Newark-Westmore town line


Andy at Willoughby Lake Store in Westmore


Andy at Brownington-Charleston town line


Jeff at Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston


Jeff at East Haven Chapel


Jeff at Kingdom Trails parking area in East Burke