Woodford, Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Glastenbury, Stamford, Readsboro

This weekend we visited the southwestern corner of Vermont.

On Saturday, we started our ride at Woodford Town Hall in Woodford and then cycled down to Bennington to visit Northshire Brewery.  We rode a loop south of Bennington through Pownal with awesome views of the Pownal Valley.  After a quick lunch in Bennington, we headed north through Shaftsbury to visit the elusive town of Glastenbury.   The town of Glastenbury (population 8 in 2010) is mostly within the Green Mountain National Forest.  The town does not have any paved roads other than a brief section of US 7 which is limited access and not open for cycling.  We found our way there by via the dirt Glastenbury Road from Shaftsbury and crossed under US 7.  After this adventure, we rode back through South Shaftsbury and North Bennington to return to Bennington and a quick visit to the Benington Battle Monument.  From Bennington, we climbed back up to Woodford Hollow for a total distance of 60.2 miles.

On Sunday, we rode from Stamford Elementary School in Stamford to the gazebo in Readsboro and back.  This ride was shorter but featured a big climb in the middle.  Both ways.  At the end, we rode south from Stamford to the Massachusetts border and back…just because we could.

Andy at Woodford Town Hall

Andy at Woodford Town Hall

Jeff at the Pownal Fire Protective Association

Jeff at the Pownal Fire Protective Association

Jeff in Glastenbury with the US 7 overpass in the background

Jeff in Glastenbury with the US 7 overpass in the background

Andy at the South Shaftsbury honor roll

Andy at the South Shaftsbury honor roll

Andy at the Bennington Battle Monument

Andy at the Bennington Battle Monument

Andy at the Stamford honor roll

Andy at the Stamford honor roll

Jeff feeling patriotic in Readsboro

Jeff feeling patriotic in Readsboro

Enjoying a post-ride beverage at McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro

Enjoying a post-ride beverage at McNeill’s Brewery in Brattleboro

 

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