Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Brewster, NY, USA
Re: Looking for Ride/Route Suggestions in New England
This ride was posted in Ride Tales a week or so ago by rbloch. IMHO it is one of the best rides in VT. You can also just get on Route 100 anywhere and ride north or south and be in heaven:
Nothing too dramatic here but yesterday in Vermont was just about perfect - clear skies, low 70s. At about 2:30 PM, I was just about to take a break at work and do a little more planning of my June western ride, when I got a text from a neighbor, Peter Moses, advising me that he was firing up the Streetfighter at 3:00 and heading out for a ride with two other neighbors.
In about a nanosecond I was out of the office and on the RT.
We met at 3:00 and proceeded on back roads down to Bristol, VT for the start of a nice run over the Appalachian Gap one of the area's best twistie runs - dramatic mountain curves although still showing the effects of the winter's frost heaves . It's still "early Spring" in northern VT so the forests were that wonderful soft light green and the streams and waterfalls are all gushing. We blasted up over the Gap, down into Waitsfield, then headed south on Route 100 through Granville Gulf to Rochester, then over Brandon Gap, with its fabulous high speed sweepers on smooth nearly new pavement (which is a big deal in VT). We stopped for a cold drink in Brandon in the sun on the patio of Cafe Provence. Then the perfect run for home - Route 73 east, through more fantastic sweepers, a few hairpins -- a spirited run along Otter Creek then up and over the hills. At Route 30 we headed north to the nice surprise that the repaving had been done all the way to Middlebury, A fairly straight run but with dramatic views in every direction - late afternoon sun with the Green Mts to the east - Adirondacks to the west -
A final exclamation point to the afternoon was a few more miles of "best around" sweepers on little used Rt 23 - Weybridge - through some of the most beautiful land in the world.
7:30 - we say good-bye at the foot of my driveway and home for dinner - wife smiling almost as much as I was - all in all a very nice afternoon.
'99 LT - Champagne