John and I love riding the hard pack dirt roads
of Vermont. For years, we have taken alternate dirt road routes
on TOSRV, the annual Tour of Scenic Rural Vermont. In 2008, we
only criss-crossed the offcial route, as we put together as many
dirt roads as we could. We finally decided we should create our
own trip and just go for the dirt roads. We shaelessly used the
same starting and ending points, but DROVES is a very different
ride. 70% dirt, 100 feet of climbing per mile and loads of scenery.
We start in Ludlow Vermont and head up the west side of the valley
that Rt 100 follows, climbing the gaps in the non-traditional
We did enough recce before had, so we would not
encounter signs like this! No fear. We aren't going that way.
Bruce didn't think the ride itself was challenging
enough, so he brought this little contraption
Dan and Janet dropped in on their way back to
Oregon from Italy. Their tour in Italy served as great preparation
Todd found some repair work to do, while Jake
fixed a puncture.
John went looking for roads for next year.
We had a little weigh-in and lunch.