Cabot, Walden, Danville, Woodbury

Today we cycled in the Cabot Ride the Ridges event.  There were several distances available and we selected the 60k Rugged event.   In anticipation of extreme ruggedness, we rode our 29-er mountain bikes.  Good decision.

The ride started at the village green in Cabot with a long climb up to Cabot Plains.  From there, we entered Walden and “negotiated” our way down a Class IV road to Route 15.  We cycled around Joe’s Pond in a corner of Danville and eventually made our way back to Cabot Plains.  From there, things got interesting as we road on some trails that were “less than”  Class IV.  At one point towards the end of the ride, we passed right by the village green (a/k/a the finish) and headed out on our final loop.  We missed our turn off of Jug Brook Rd and ended up at the Woodbury Golf Course.  This was something of a red flag since we knew we were NOT supposed to be in Woodbury.  We backtracked and found the turn onto the very memorable Blodgett Rd.  After the ride, we enjoyed pizza baked on site in a mobile wood-fired oven by the fine folks at Woodbelly Pizza.

I would be remiss if I did not mention how cold it was.  It was 38 degrees at the start and probably never got above 50 degrees.  The climbs were steep enough to generate some heat.  But flying downhill at 35 mph was pretty chilly.

I should also acknowledge that it has been awhile since our last post. We have been riding plenty…just not in Vermont.

After this today’s ride, we have cycled a total of 62 towns with 189 to go.  Onward…

Andy at Joe's Pond in Danville

Andy at Joe’s Pond in Danville

Andy in Walden

Andy in Walden

Jeff at Cabot United Church

Jeff at Cabot United Church

Andy at the Great Rebellion monument in Cabot

Andy at the Great Rebellion monument in Cabot

Post-ride pizza prepared by Woodbelly

Post-ride pizza prepared by Woodbelly

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