A little bit of everything

Today’s ride took me on a route that’s one of my favorites, since it has a little bit of everything. It starts out on a quiet two lane paved road, then jumps on to a busier state highway, then onto nice gravel, followed by some miles on the West River Trail, then in through town, and finally back to that quiet two lane to get home. Segments of this ride you’ve seen before, but what’s new is the West River Trail. The trail currently exists in two sections. There’s a lower section that runs from Brattleboro north to Dummerston, and then an upper section that runs from the town of Jamaica to South Londonderry. There are hopes that someday those sections will be connected to create a a 36 mile trail following the route of the West River Railroad. The railroad operated from 1880 to about 1936, and was infamously referred to as “36 Miles of Trouble” because of the numerous accidents that occurred during it’s operation. Today’s ride took me on the southern section of the current trail. Here’s some photos.

The start of the trail on the north end of the southern section. The bike rack and signage are all new this year.
A chain, just for Rich
The trail runs under the I-91 bridge, highlighted in previous posts

The southern end of the trail ends at the Marina Restaurant, which is also an operating marina, located at the confluence of the Connecticut and West Rivers.

No bike in the picture, but lots of other blues. The sky, the water, kayaks and umbrellas.
For all you port-a-potty aficionados, there ya go
I’m pretty sure if you live near the water, you need one of these
Going by the Brattleboro Common, one more chain for Rich

So, I think this post has everything covered. It’s got some blues, it’s got some chains, and it even has a porta-potty. A nice morning ride.

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

10 response to "A little bit of everything"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 14, 2020

    I was going to say, nice chain, and then it turns out there are two!
    Dave and I had a nice ride this morning, the only major difference along the way was corn and beans switching sides of the road. 🙂
    Seems like everyone has a beautiful place to ride, with the possible exception of Greg in South Dakota.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: July 15, 2020

      You know, I almost included a corn picture. I ride by a field almost every day, and it’s grown about 3 feet in the last three days.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: July 15, 2020

      And I think about heading west when I see some of the places that you ride.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: July 15, 2020

    Nice green countryside – looks like a lovely ride – with a little bit of everything.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: July 15, 2020

    That inflatable floating tube might work well for Em should she want to float WITH her “guys” sometime ;;’-). Nice ride, but I for one am not much of a fan of gravel type trails!! Beautiful scenery where you ride though.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: July 15, 2020

      You know, I thought of that when I was taking the picture. Yep, gravel riding is a different experience. I kinda like the variety.

  4. By: Rocky Posted: July 15, 2020

    Looks like a great place to ride and the pictures are wonderful!

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: July 16, 2020

    What a beautiful ride! You know, those big unicorn inflatables can be dangerous. People get taken out to sea on them when the wind picks them up. My guys have gotten blown over on their little floaties before too. Just a few examples:
    https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/year-rescued-sea-inflatable-unicorn-warns-float-ocean/story?id=63626692
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N223BjuH8EI
    https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2019/september/swept-out-to-sea-on-an-inflatable-unicorn

    • By: BobinVT Posted: July 16, 2020

      Ah, what a sheltered life I’ve led. I never even knew unicorn floaties existed until now.

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