Touring in Vermont
with John and Pamela
We decided for our summer vacation to explore in our
own back yard and head to Vermont. Our initial plan had been to take
the train to St Albans and cycle back,
but just before our departure as I was making reservations, we learned
that the Vermonter no longer has a baggage car and would not take our
bike. This came as
a surprise, since when the train first started ruinning it was promoted
as a way to get you, your bike and skis into Vermont! So we investigated
alternatives like buses
and such, but then just decided to ride directly from home and stay
further south in Vermont.
Our first night - an inauspicious start?
We got a late start on Friday. We first attended John's
company summer outing, and thusly began our first day of riding around
4PM with an
80+ mile ride to a reserved B&B in Orange.
The next morning we walked around the area and found this slightly humorous
As I alluded earlier, the trip didn't start out smoothly.
At some poin t we noticed that my suspension seatpost wasn't working
and discovered that the elastomer had completely distentigrated.
This might be a sign I should lose some weight, but I don't think so.
The post was actually fairly new. Seems we got a bad elastomer.
Of course no replacements could be found, so we finally got to a town
with an open bike shop, Brattleboro, and bought a new (non-suspended)
Once we had a seatpost, we headed North toward Putney
but took a slight detour to check out Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling's home.
Thus began our tour of mostly dirt roads. One of our
goals for the trip was to ride lots of dirt roads, and do lots of climbing.
We stayed the night in Putney, but the next morning
found a welcoming B&B that we will check out on a future trip.
We might need to consult a map?
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