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.


Andy taking flight at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington


Jeff takes a break at the 5 corners in Essex Junction


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


Jeff at the falls in Winooski


Andy at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington


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