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.

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Andy taking flight at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington

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Jeff takes a break at the 5 corners in Essex Junction

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

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Jeff at the falls in Winooski

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Andy at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington

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Burlington, Colchester, South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero, Alburgh, Isle La Motte

Last weekend, we cycled the Vermontréal trip with Sojourn Bicycling.  On Thursday, we departed Burlington with 20-something other folks en route to Sunday’s Tour de l’Île in Montréal.  We followed the Burlington Bike Path and the Island Line through Colchester.  It started to rain around the bridge over the Winooski River.  The bottom fell out as soon as we were out on the causeway in the lake.  It was like cycling through a car wash!  The rain had stopped by the time we reached the bike ferry.  We cycled on through South Hero and Grand Isle to Shore Acres Inn in North Hero.  For good measure, we added on a side trip to Alburgh and Isle La Motte to include every town in Grand Isle County in a single day.  On Friday, we left North Hero and cycled through Alburgh to the border.

(We ended the day Friday in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu.  On Saturday, we went for a long scenic ride in countryside east of the Richelieu before returning to Chambly and proceeding to Montréal across the Pont Jacques Cartier.  On Sunday, we rode in the Tour de l’Île along with 15,000 of our closest friends.  Plus or minus.)

With this outing, we have 94 towns down and 157 to go.

Jeff on bridge over Winooski River between Burlington and Colchester.  Here comes the rain.

Jeff on bridge over Winooski River between Burlington and Colchester

Andy on bike ferry across cut in Island Line in South Hero.  (Thanks Local Motion!)

Andy on bike ferry across cut in Island Line in South Hero. (Thanks Local Motion!)

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Jeff near Grand Isle ferry to New York

Jeff on Isle La Motte

Jeff on Isle La Motte

Andy at God's Little Brown Church in Alburgh

Andy at God’s Little Brown Church in Alburgh

Andy at Hero's Welcome in North Hero

Andy at Hero’s Welcome in North Hero

Jeff and Andy enjoying a Queen City Yorkshire Porter at Shore Acres Inn in North Hero

Jeff and Andy enjoying a Queen City Yorkshire Porter at Shore Acres Inn in North Hero

Joking around before leaving North Hero for Québec

Joking around before leaving North Hero for Québec

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Burlington, Winooski

And now for something completely different–A Bikeable Feast hosted by ArtsRiot in Burlington.  After assembling with a group of strangers at ArtsRiot on Pine Street this afternoon, we tooled around the cities of Burlington and Winooski, paying visits to various folks in the local food chain.  Each of our hosts met us later for a feast at ArtsRiot.

Our first stop was at Scout & Co.  For the feast, they provided two flavors of ice cream (chocolate hay and sweet pea) and coffee.  Our second stop was at Digger’s Mirth Collective Farm in the Intervale. Digger’s Mirth provided mesclun, cucumber and tomato for the feast salad and root vegetables to become frites.  Our third stop was the Guild Commissary, provider of hanger steak and chicken thighs for the feast.  Our fourth stop was Barrio Bakery who provided foccacia, table bread and tarts for the feast.  Our final stop was the newly opened Queen City Brewery for a tasting of City Beer Kölsch, Munich Dunkel, Saint Amandus Belgian Amber and Landlady ESB. Finally, we returned to ArtsRiot to enjoy our local feast along with a pint of City Beer Kölsch.

Today’s forecast called for stormy conditions.  We dodged the rain for most of the tour.  Just as we were about to leave Barrio Bakery, the bottom fell out.  We waited for the heaviest rain to pass and then set out for Queen City Brewery in a light rain.  By the time we arrived at the brewery, it was pouring again.  And then, while we were in the brewery, it starting pouring even harder.  I was glad to be inside for a spell rather than cycling through the “carwash”.   Apparently the rainfall created more run-off than the city could handle.  For our last leg from the brewery to ArtsRiot, Pine Street was flooded with raw sewage gushing out of manholes.  Nice.

A leisurely 12.7-mile spin followed by a festive meal…and a fun way to meet some of the fine folks who help put food on our plates.

At Scout & Co. in Burlington

At Scout & Co. in Burlington

At Digger's Mirth Collective Farm in Burlington's Intervale

At Digger’s Mirth Collective Farm in Burlington’s Intervale

Chillin' at the Guild Commissary...

Chillin’ at the Guild Commissary in Winooski…

Enjoying a rain delay at Barrio Bakery in Burlington

Enjoying a rain delay at Barrio Bakery in Burlington

Looking for the Landlady at Queen City Brewery

Looking for the Landlady at Queen City Brewery

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