S: Bike Vermont June 17 - 22, 2012
BC: Love you Kevin....can't wait for our next trip....Dodi
FC: 2012 | Bike Vermont Northeast Kingdom Tour June 17 - 22
1: Nothing is more enjoyable than a bike ride with friends and spectacular views! Kevin and I were lucky to have our friends Brian and Taya Hyde join us on this trip.
2: Our journey to Stowe, VT began on Saturday, June 16. We left Canton at 8:30 a.m. After a long day of driving we arrived at a ferry to take us from New York into Vermont. Unfortunately the last ferry left at 9 p.m. and it was 9:30! Brian and Kevin navigated us an extra 2 hours to get us across the river. We stayed the night in Burlington, VT. On Sunday, June 17 we traveled on to Stowe, VT. These pictures were taken in Stowe where we had lunch before checking into the Edson Hill Manor. This manor was on 50 acres with spectacular views of the surrounding Worcester Mountains.
4: After checking into the Edson Hill Manor we had some time until we met the group for dinner. We went to Ben and Jerry's and toured the factory. We tasted a new flavor, strawberry chip. The retired flavor graveyard was very funny. What a great way to spend Father's Day!
6: Trapp Family Lodge Stowe, Vermont
7: In the early 1940's, after having fled the Nazi regime in Europe, the von Trapp family settled in Stowe, VT on a farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria. They began welcoming guests to their lodge in the summer of 1950. After a fine in 1980, the original structure was replaced by a 96-room alpine Lodge. The entire property is still owned and operated by the von Trapp family.
8: June 17, 2012 Today started with a pleasant downhill ride and then rolling terrain past the entrance to Stowe. We saw a black bear on the shoulder of the rode today! Mt. Mansfield towers over this valley. | Kevin and Susie rode the mile long twisting climb to Smuggler's Notch. The rest of us opted for a shuttle to the top! We then dropped down into the Lamoille River Valley through Jeffersonville. Heading North we bagan our exploration of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. | Following scenic rolling terrain we enjoyed wonderful views of Jay Peak. Our last few miles of the day were particularly beautiful with covered bridges marking our way to Montgomery Center and the Phineas Swann Inn. We even found a local swimming hole! Total miles today was 45.
10: The Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast was our home for Monday and Tuesday nights. It is located in Montgomery Center, VT near Jays Peak. The owners John Perkins and Jay Kerch thought of everything! The food was excellent, beautiful both inside and out, and comfy beds!
12: June 19, 2012 Today we cycled through some of Vermont's farm country passing some of Montgomery's famous covered bridges before we crossed the border into French-speaking Canada. We had an excellent lunch on a patio overlooking a stream in Frelighsburg. After lunch we encountered some tough hills past apple orchards to the Domaine Pinnalce where we enjoyed their tasting room. We tasted some of their renowned Ice Apple Wine products. 42 miles today. | Canada
13: Domaine Pinnacle | Orchards at top of hill in Quebec | Dodi in Quebec | View of one of many hills | Brian, Taya & Dodi after lunch in Frelighsburg | Canadian View
15: View of Vermont after coming through customs
16: Spectacular Views! | “I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.” ~Rosalia de Castro
17: Always a New Adventure | Today we cycled 30 miles Kevin 60) into the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, passing bogs often frequented by moose. We enjoyed great views of Camel's Hump, Worcester Mountains and Jay Peak. We rode to Craftsbury and then climbed back to Greensboro and Lakeview Inn. | June 20, 2012
18: Lakeview Inn Greensboro, VT
19: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” ~ Helen Keller | We stayed here the last two nights of our trip. It was extremely hot and the inn had no air conditioning! The view from the back of the inn was beautiful!
20: June 21, 2012 Today's ride started past Willey's, a Vermont Country Store. We rode steeply downhill to Greensboro Bend before a climb to the intersection with Route 215 in Walden that took us on a beautiful downhill section into Cabot. We then rode into Marshfield where we had a delightful lunch at Rainbow Sweets. Upon entering the bakery, the aroma is out of this world. The food, pastries and quirky, eccentric chef, Bill, made this a memorable experience! Some of his specialties were Moroccan B'Stilla, Spanakopita, Empanadas, Johnny Depp Balls and Sean Connery on a Plate. This place was outstanding and definitely well worth the price! The food is awesome and Bill puts on quite a show!
21: Before lunch we hiked up a hill to this spectacular waterfall. Our tour guide, Matt Williams, hiked up the waterfall. The little house in the picture sat right next to the waterfall. After lunch we reversed our route to East Hardwick. We stopped at the Cabot Creamery, sampled some cheese and then hopped back on the bikes back to Lakeview Inn. Total miles for today was 46.
22: June 22, 2012 Today we took our final ride down to the village of Hardwick and began to parallel the Lamoille River. We followed a scenic route through Wolcott and then into Morrisville. From here we took a rural route along Randolph Road into Stowe, and then the bike path from Stowe Village before our last climb back to Edson Hill Manor.
23: Total Miles for our last day was 38 miles. Back at Edson Hill Manor we showered and headed back to Ohio. The pictures on these two pages were taken on our rides throughout the week. Vermont is one of the prettiest states I have ever seen! Our trip was fabulous. It was a fun filled week of no worries, just ride and enjoy!
24: We could not have met a nicer group of people on our trip! Our tour leaders were Elaine Parker and Matt Williams. The whole gang below from left to right: Bill Barneschi, Elaine Parker, Matt Williams, Susie Wright, Dodi, Kevin, Taya, Brian, Marcia Von Huene, and Marc Von Huene.
25: Every morning after breakfast we would meet for a "RAP" of that day's route. All week we would tease the leaders that we wanted them to "RAP" the route. So, on the last day, Matt wrote this rap and Elaine was the acoustics. "Well, it's the last day of your Bike Vermont tour, You've done 4, got just 1 more. It's been a hot week, Not one for the meek. So, we hope you're all smiles These last 36 miles. But hey, if you feel like the shit's gonna hit the fan There's always the van. Just a few more hills, We don't want to see no spills. So, keep the rubber side down and yo We'll see you in Stowe!