13 Mile Daily Loop

So, I’ve been following along here on cycle365 for awhile, but decided it’s about time that I leap into posting. It’s been a little while since I’ve used WordPress, so bear with me while I get my feet wet.

Let me start out with a little bit of an introduction. My name’s Bob, and my wife Marilyn and I live in Brattleboro, located in the southeast corner of Vermont. I’m a cyclist, but she is not. Marilyn is still busy running her bookkeeping business, but I retired back in 2016, and have been spending my free time doing lots of day rides, as well as the occasional overnight adventure.

At the moment, I’m actually just coming back from an unwelcome break from cycling. I developed a minor health issue back at the beginning of January that limited my cycling, and just got the all clear to ride a few weeks ago, so I’m in the process right now of ramping back up my mileage.

Let’s get to today’s ride. This is one of my usual loops with a few pictures showing some typical Vermont scenery.

It wouldn’t be Vermont without a picture of a covered bridge. This is the Dummerston Bridge, which crosses the West River. It’s about 4 miles into the ride.

This ride is about 10 miles of paved road, with a nice little 3 mile section of gravel.

Fun fact. As of 2015, about 55% of the roads in Vermont are unpaved
Another bridge, this one not quite so scenic, although it is a single lane, so we need to be polite and take turns. It’s back over the West River
This is technically just a little off-route by about a 10th of a mile, but it’s one of my favorite places for a quick stop

From here, the route heads down State Route 30, heading towards downtown Brattleboro.

Ok, just one more bridge

This is the Interstate 91 bridge, completed in 2016, replacing an old twin steel truss bridge that was deemed structurally deficient. The project took over three years to complete, and watching the construction was pretty amazing. It was constructed from each side simultaneously, and then joined in the middle during the final stage. To see those two sections, each suspended out over the open water, seemingly unsupported except by the pillars on shore, seemed to pretty much defy gravity. It was designed to aesthetically fit in with the natural scenery.

It’s not all trees, mountains and streams in Vermont. We’re classy enough to have a golf course at the Brattleboro Country Club
Of course, directly across the road, they are spreading manure in preparation for planting corn. Very aromatic I’m sure, when you’re out playing a round
Almost home. This hill, with it’s 12% grade, is how I finish every ride from home

And that concludes today’s little ride. Looking forward to building back up to some bigger mileage in the very near future.

Now, I’m gonna have to figure out these monthly challenge things.

Newly retired guy who likes to ride his bike in Vermont. Well, actually retired in 2016, so not really 'newly' at this point.

15 response to "13 Mile Daily Loop"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 27, 2020

    Hi Bob,

    Welcome aboard. Nice ride and nice post. Our old “bridges” Challenge of the Month might have been perfect for that route.

    Do you ride through the winter? What’s the normal cycling season around Brattleboro?

    • By: BobinVT Posted: May 27, 2020

      Thanks Bill, glad to be here. For some number of years I rode my studded tire equipped mountain bike through the winter, although I gave that up a few years ago. I still try to get out for short rides on my gravel bike in the winter, maybe once or twice a week on nice days, but then hit the indoor trainer the rest of the time. We do have some dedicated cyclists in town who do ride all winter, although I would say they mostly ride more for transportation than recreation. And in the last couple years, I’ve seen a lot more fatbikes on the trails. My wife and I took the cheaty way out last winter and headed south for a few months, although my little health issue popped up and kept me from riding anyway.
      The season can vary quite a bit from year to year but in general, December, January and February can be pretty harsh.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: May 27, 2020

    Hi Bob,
    After hearing from you a couple days ago, I was hoping we’d see a post soon . . . and my wish came true. I’m happy to see another part of the world represented. Good job.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: May 28, 2020

      Glad to be able to grant your wish! My poor little state is always under-represented. I’ll try to do a good job!

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 27, 2020

    Hi, and welcome aboard! Great write up and photos — any time you want to exchange your loop for flat fields of corn and beans, let me know! Beautiful place you live in.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: May 28, 2020

      Not sure I know what flat fields are. 🙂 We have more than our share of hills though!

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 27, 2020

    Hi Bob and Welcome.

    My wife has always wanted to see the covered bridges. I will show her your pictures instead! Your ride looks like it goes through some really nice countryside. I look forward to seeing more of your area.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: May 28, 2020

      I can pretty much guarantee more photos of covered bridges in the future. We have a lot of them.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: May 28, 2020

    Hi Bob – you live in a really beautiful area and I love all the green, deciduous trees and understorey. Hope you are back to building up your miles quickly 🙂

    • By: BobinVT Posted: May 28, 2020

      Thanks, it is a beautiful area, although I’ll probably end up boring everybody with pictures of trees and dirt roads.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: May 28, 2020

    Welcome to this extremely friendly group Bob. Several, years ago we visited friends who lived in Brattleboro (I live in the Seattle area), and if that covered bridge is not far from town, I do think we biked right past that one. Our friends lived very near a short red covered bridge near their home. Last name is Prohaska, but I doubt you would know them. They have moved to someplace in Maine now.

    Nice to see your photos, and I am sure none of us will be bored with more of them. I had no idea that Vermont has 55% of unpaved roads. Sounds like MIchigan! Again — welcome aboard.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: May 28, 2020

      Thanks! Nice to hear you got to visit Brattleboro. No, that name is not familiar to me, despite the usual joke that everybody in Vermont knows everybody else. That red bridge that you mentioned is most likely the Creamery Bridge. I’m sure I’ll snap a photo of it eventually, since it’s on one of my usual routes.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: May 30, 2020

      Thanks Rachael. We’re finally getting some good cycling weather, so that helps.

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: May 30, 2020

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to your next ride! And you can never post too many pictures…

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