We Heart Vermont

Sept 7th and 8th

Day 8 Andover NH to Bridgewater Corners VT, miles ridden 68

Day 9 Bridgewater Corners VT to Middlebury VT, miles ridden 54

The last few days feel long they have flown by and yet when I look back at 2 days ago (when we woke up in Andover at the amazing B & B) it feels like ages ago.  Riding in NH was good, lots of rolling hills.  And it seems pretty at the time, but that was before we crossed the river into Vermont.  There was a great moment on day 8 (Labor Day) when we were 35 miles in, and we stopped right next to a freeway on-ramp to check in with each other.  We were all pretty wiped out and looking forward to getting some food and beer and sleep.  Tracy said “well… only 13 miles to go” so I did a quick iphone check and it said it was only 9 miles.  Yeah!  But then Anders wisely said “did you type in Long Trail Brewery or just Long Trail?” And then I searched again for Long Trail Brewery, only to find out we were actually 27 miles away, not 9, not 13 but 27.   Everyone’s stomachs sort of sank at that moment I think.  For me, it was a make or break moment.  Right before then, I wasn’t sure if I could make it another mile, but stopping wasn’t really an option because we were in NH, no where near anyone we know and with no place lined up to stay for the night.  So I broke out the secret weapon – headphones.  Caroline had been pumping tunes for days and flying but somehow I had it in my head that if I was listening to music I wasn’t enjoying the experience.  But I figured if there was any way I was getting through those next 27 miles, it had to be with tunes.  So thank you Franz Ferninand, Lady Gaga, Sara Barielles, and so many others for getting me to long trail brewery well before closing and feeling pretty pumped.   I think the lesson is, I can get rid of everything I own, but in my previous life, I listen to music nonstop for 10 hours a day, and that’s a lot harder to let go of.

So that day ended pretty well.  We took the self guided tour of Long Trail, had a few beers and begged around the bar for a place to stay.  When no one offered us a bed and breakfast to stay at, we finally broke down and set up camp right there at the brewery.  They didn’t officially say we could camp there, but they didn’t seem to mind when we used the picnic tables in the back to make dinner.

We woke up in the morning and prepared to face our first mountain, Killington.  I decided now was the time to start mailing home the non-essentials – mainly extra tee shirts (as the breweries keep giving us more!), my running shoes, which I’m clearly not using, and travel scrabble… since its gotten no use…

The mountain was tough, but we did it!  And then we got to go down hill for another 5 miles!  Despite starting late (again) at around 10:30am, we managed to make it 35 miles to lunch in the cute town of Brandon where we had some KILLER sandwiches.  We probably shouldn’t have waited that long to eat (we’d only had oatmeal for breakfast) but the food tasted all the better for our hunger.

After lunch, it was a short (ha!) 19 miles into Middlebury, beautiful rolling hills and amazing green mountains in the background.  It was pretty fabulous.  Again, we didn’t have a place lined up to stay, until we were 3 miles away from Otter Creek (our next brewery) when Tracy got an email from one of the riders from her last cross country tour who said he had a friend in Middlebury who could hook us up with a place to stay.  So I am writing this the morning of day 10 in pretty fabulous loft apartment, overlooking a farmers market and a waterfall.  We had a whole extra (*unfinished) apartment to set up our sleeping bags for the night.  Last night we visited the Otter Creek and Wolavers Brewery, where they were SUPER nice.  They showed us how to ride around on a mini bike and for the first time on any of our tours, they were actually in the middle of making beer.  Caroline got to add a bucket of hops to a batch and we all tried many, many samples of beer.

The night ended well, we missed out on A & W drive in, as they’ve moved to fall hours, but we had a great dinner at the Bobcat Brew Pub (and got another tour!) and then took a quick dip in a local river.

We are off to Burlington today, a flat 40 miles away.  Feels like a treat.  But then, what doesn’t?

-sara

pictures to come

Farewell to Chris and Michelle of the New England House

Farewell to Chris and Michelle of the New England House (click image for more photos from our New England House stay)

Click this image to see more images from our ride through NH.

Click this image to see more images from our ride through NH.

Click on this image for more from Long Trail Brewing Co

Click on this image for more from Long Trail Brewing Co

 

Click here to see more image from our ride through Vermont

Click here to see more image from our ride through Vermont

 

Click on this image to see more photos from Otter Creek Brewing Co

Click on this image to see more photos from Otter Creek Brewing Co

 

Click on this image to see more photos from Bobcat

Click on this image to see more photos from Bobcat

 

Click here to see more photos of our stay in Middlebury

Click here to see more photos of our stay in Middlebury


 
 
 

2 Responses to “We Heart Vermont”

  1. Clara
    9. September 2009 at 15:54

    Abandoning the travel scrabble? Ah well you can always play on the iphone… while riding, right?

  2. Laura
    10. September 2009 at 20:34

    the photos are awesome… new york is cold… both weather wise and culturally. we don’t get all those fresh pie stands, free beer tours and brews…. and the lovely scenery!!

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