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.
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!
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.
Today’s mission was to fill in a Baltimore-shaped donut hole in Windsor County. Baltimore has no paved roads so we took the 29-er’s. We parked at Hartness State Airport which is barely in Springfield. We picked up Baltimore Road in Weathersfield and followed it into Baltimore. At what would be the town center if there were one, we turned left for a descent through a tiny corner of Chester and on into Springfield. We had plenty of time so we puttered around Springfield to check out some of the historic sites.
With the addition of Baltimore, we have now cycled through 214 towns with 37 towns to go.
We had commitments in Middlebury on both Saturday and Sunday so we decided to make a weekend of it. We stayed at Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. On Saturday morning, we took the 29-er’s out for a quick adventure. We cycled from the inn down to Silver Lake in Leicester. After climbing back up to the Goshen-Ripton Road, we took a side trip down to the village of Goshen before climbing back to Blueberry Hill. Although we cycled in two towns, neither was new to our project. So we are holding steady at 213 towns with 38 towns to go.
This past weekend, we completed our journey through Rutland County. Our rides were squeezed in around other activities. On Saturday, I had an afternoon rehearsal in Rutland. Before my rehearsal, we ran a trail race in Pittsford. Afterward my rehearsal, we went for a quick spin from Rutland City to Ira and back, passing through Rutland Town, West Rutland and Clarendon en route. I had my second flat tire of the year in Ira. We had a pleasant conversation with a nice man who came out to watch as we repaired the tire on his lawn. On Sunday afternoon, I had a gig in Proctorsville. We went for a quick morning ride from the Red Clover Inn in Mendon through Rutland Town and Pittsford to Chittenden and back. It was quite cold, especially on the initial descent down Route 4. On our return from Chittenden, we had intermittent rain and a bit of sleet. We thought we might be overdressed for the climb back up to the Red Clover Inn but that turned out not to be a problem. With three new towns, we have now completed 213 towns with 38 towns to go.
And, yes, we did have Switchback Ales at Positive Pie on Sunday evening.
Today we completed another ride in Rutland County. We started from the elementary school in North Clarendon and cycled up Cold River Rd to North Shrewsbury. (Andy thought the river looked cold.) From North Shrewsbury, we descended through Shrewsbury to the village of Cuttingsville. From there, we cycled through a corner of Wallingford to a loop through Mount Holly. After the Mount Holly loop, we continued through East Wallingford to Wallingford and followed Otter Creek back to towards the start. We crossed the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail twice–once near North Shrewsbury and again in Wallingford. With four new towns, we have now completed 210 towns with 41 towns to go.
And, yes, we did enjoy $4 Switchback Ales at Positive Pie in Montpelier.