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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Richford, Berkshire, Franklin, Sheldon, Fairfield, Swanton, Saint Albans Town, Georgia, Milton, South Hero, Colchester, Westford, Fairfax, Alburgh

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Last week, we cycled the Grand Tour Desjardins with over a thousand other cyclists.  The first 4 days were entirely within Québec, primarily in the Eastern Townships.  On day 5, we crossed the border into Vermont and cycled through Richford, Berkshire, Franklin, Sheldon, Fairfield and Swanton to Saint Albans Town.  With this ride, we crossed the halfway mark of our project with 126 towns down and 125 to go.  On day 6, we cycled a “boucle” through Saint Albans Town, Georgia, Milton, South Hero, Colchester, Westford, Fairfax and Fairfield.  This ride brought us up to 129 towns with 122 to go.  On day 7, we cycled through Saint Albans Town, Georgia, Swanton and Alburgh to return to Québec.  No new towns but lots of fun.

This was our 3rd consecutive year riding the Grand Tour.  The tour is in a different region every year.  We enjoyed having this one (almost) in our own backyard.

Andy at the bridge over the Missisquoi River in Richford

Andy at the bridge over the Missisquoi River in Richford

Andy at Our Lady of Lourdes in East Berkshire

Andy at Our Lady of Lourdes in East Berkshire

Jeff at Dick Wright Ford in Franklin (You can't go wrong with Wright!)

Jeff at Dick Wright Ford in Franklin (You can’t go wrong with Wright!)

Andy at Grace Church in Sheldon

Andy at Grace Church in Sheldon

Jeff at Saint Albans Bay

Jeff at Saint Albans Bay

Andy at Georgia Municipal Recreation Park

Andy at Georgia Municipal Recreation Park

Jeff at Sand Bar State Park in Milton

Jeff at Sand Bar State Park in Milton

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Andy at the “cut” in the Island Line in South Hero

Tout le monde waiting for the bike ferry

Tout le monde waiting for the bike ferry

Jeff at the Colchester Meeting House

Jeff at the Colchester Meeting House

Andy at Eastman's Bakery in Fairfax

Andy at Eastman’s Bakery in Fairfax

Jeff at Maple City Candy in Swanton

Jeff at Maple City Candy in Swanton

Jeff at the Alburgh municipal offices

Jeff at the Alburgh municipal offices

Andy in Canada with Alburgh Springs in the background

Andy in Canada with Alburgh Springs in the background

Tout le monde waiting to clear customs to return to Québec

Tout le monde waiting to clear customs to return to Québec

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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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