Today’s ride took me from Brattleboro up to Newfane and back, a ride totalling about 24 miles. To tie this in to the Challenge theme, we have a bit of history with Newfane, since we lived and worked there from 2002 to 2016. Here’s the story.
Back in 2002, our family was living in Raleigh, North Carolina. I had been working for IBM for 24 years as a software engineer, where I had started right after college. Marilyn and I actually met while working together at IBM. Our son, the oldest of the two kids, had gone off to college the previous year. Our daughter was graduating from high school and heading off to college in the fall. Marilyn and I were both kind of tired of living in suburbia, and we were looking for a change. And, we were definitely looking to avoid ’empty nest syndrome’. So, we decided to do something completely crazy. I quit my job, and we bought a country store in a small town in southern Vermont, knowing nothing about running a store, and very little about the area we were moving to. But, I had always had a desire to live in Vermont, and Marilyn had always wanted to run a store. So, we just did it. Here’s the store as it looked in the fall of 2002.
We ended up running the store for almost 13 years, closing it near the end of 2014. We finally sold the building in 2016, and moved to Brattleboro. It has since reopened under a new name, and here is what it looks like today.
Running a store was one of the more interesting experiences in our lives, certainly something very different than I’ve ever done before. I’m glad to have done it, but also very glad I’m not running a business today.
Here’s just a few more pictures of some of the historic buildings in Newfane.
The cover picture, by the way, is of the Windham County Courthouse. And to keep this all bike-related, note my bike leaning against the leftmost column of the courthouse.