Day 10 and 11 – Our Pretend Day Off – Middlebury to Burlington and back to New York

Middlebury to Burlington  – miles ridden 42 miles

Burlington to Lake Placid – miles ridden 44 miles

I know you guys miss us, and we have a lot of updates to do, so we’ll start from the beginning (or where we left off).  When we left Middlebury (at a very late 11am or so) we did what was supposed to be our “short trip to Burlington” and a “half day off”.  Ha!  As it turns out, we did about VERY HILLY 42 to miles (including our trip into the strip mall section of South Burlington for a trip to EMS – man to we love EMS!).   Now, to be clear, we LOVE Vermont, but it was one day that we really wish we could have just sat around:)

We did have a great stop at Cookie Love, a roadside ice cream spot that specialized in your choice of cookie crumbles on your soft serve (I got the “addicted to love”, anders got the “puppy love”).  It was a funny moment, I was sure that I was only one DYING for ice cream, but the place happen to be at a turn (and we are getting in a good habit of waiting for each other at turns so that we don’t get lost) and wouldn’t you know it, EVERYONE was up for ice cream.  Now we know we have another thing in common:)

That night, after we showered at Tracy’s cousin Scott’s adorable house (where my passport had arrived via fedex – thanks dad!) we went out on the town!  since it was 9/9/09, Magic Hat was having a big party in the center of town.  What was funny was, Scott’s house was 2 block away from the actual brewery, but I guess we figured the party was good enough, so we went to the Vermont Pub and Brewery for a dinner we we’re more than in need of (we had the ice cream for lunch… and that’s about it.  We are getting about the whole fueling thing though).  We had some great pub fare and the most beautiful flight of beer I’ve seen – little sherry glasses on a wooden slat!

We sat around that night, joking about all the craziness we’d went through so far, and for the first time I think we all realized we really have become quite a team.  Tracy said it would take 2 weeks before our muscles would get used to riding every day, but I think that was about the same timing for us to get used to each other as well:)

We went to bed about 10pm that night, exhausted but feeling good.  Got up early and had a fabulous bagel sandwich before hopping on the bike path in Burlington down to the ferry terminal.  We may start late when we don’t have a plan, but when there’s a ferry to catch, we get out the door 20 minutes early.  The ferry was a beautiful 1 hour ride over to upstate new york.  I was surprised how much Burlington reminded me of Seattle, with the Lake Champlain waterfront at the edge of the city and the Adirondacks beyond.

On the other side of the ferry, we prepared ourselves for some real hills (we had made it through Vermont but we were sure there was more to come).  Turns out the Adirondacks we nothing for our hill legs.  We flew through the first 20 miles and had a nice lunch.  Then, right before we finished our soft serve (yes… more ice cream!) we heard a “pop – hisssssssss”.  Our first official mechanical.  i got a spontaneous flat.  After I had a tough time of changing the tube, Anders figured that the tubes I’d got at my local bike shop we’re the wrong size!  Ugggg…  so we changed it, but I’m just waiting for it to happen again.

Luckily, after lunch the relative flatness (or are we just better at hills?) continued and we made it into Lake Placid at a very reasonable 5:30pm.  Caroline’s friend Heather had a connection at a lodge right on the lake, so Caroline and I got another swim in.  sweet! and then we went of for mexican.

new name for the trip: brew (coffee) and bike and brew and mexican tour.

 

Click here to see more images from our ride to Burlington, VT

Click here to see more images from our ride to Burlington, VT

 

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Click here to see more images from the Vermont Pub & Brewery

 

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Click here to see more photos of our ride from Burlington, VT to Lake Placid, NY

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