Taking Care of Unfinished Business

You all are putting me to shame with all the success you’ve been having with the scavenger hunt challenge. I’m feeling like I really need to get to work to get back on track. But this post has nothing at all to do with the challenge. As the title says, this post is about taking care of some unfinished business.

Back in October of last year, I had decided it was time to break out of my Covid bubble and head up to northern Vermont to ride a section of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. You can read about that ride here. That day last fall turned out to be a cold, windy, uncomfortable late fall day, and I only did about eight miles of the 17 mile trail before turning around and heading back to my car. Ever since that day, it’s been kind of bothering me that I never got to the end of the trail. So, I decided now was the time to make things right.

Yesterday morning I threw my bike in the car, and made the two hour drive north to the start of the trail in St. Johnsbury. What a difference eight months can make. It’s now 40 degrees (F) warmer, the sun is out, there’s a gentle breeze, and Covid restrictions are lifting. I’m actually seeing people without masks.

I didn’t take pictures of the trail itself. Although it’s a beautiful trail, this time of year it’s essentially a green tunnel (yes, view-blockers!), without much in the way of civilization between the two endpoints. So here’s a few pictures from the far end in Danville, West Danville and Joe’s Pond.

The old train depot in Danville
As is very common in Vermont towns, there’s a central Commons area in Danville with this great gazebo (handicap accessible)
Enjoyed my lunch sitting in the shade in the gazebo
Some pretty extensive scaffolding they are using to work on this church
Bet you didn’t know the national headquarters of the American Society of Dowsers is located in Danville, VT
The trail extends a bit beyond West Danville and ends at Joe’s Pond
The Fargo taking a rest at a nice little picnic spot
And the end of the trail, for now. Plans are in place to connect this end of the trail to the western section that runs from Morristown to Cambridge

Ride Summary: 34 miles total, 2000 ft of elevation gain (all on the 17 miles outbound), 3:10 riding time, sunny and 85 degrees F, just a beautiful day

Retired guy who likes to ride his bike in Vermont.

10 response to "Taking Care of Unfinished Business"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: June 11, 2021

    Um, what’s a dowser?

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 11, 2021

    Looks like a great trail to ride, glad you got to do the entire length this time.
    Your Danville looks a lot nicer than our Danville.
    Now that you mention it, I’m going to look for my trusty Divining Rods and maybe find my misplaced garden scissors too!
    Jump in to the Scavenger Hunt at any point — Round 3 will be posted tomorrow.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: June 12, 2021

      Maybe you need a new divining rod to help find the others. Yes, Danville looks like a nice little town.

  3. By: MrGrumby Posted: June 12, 2021

    I have always wondered where all the Dowsers hung out ..

    It’s not ugly there.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: June 12, 2021

      I would agree, not ugly.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: June 12, 2021

    It is always nice to finish a goal! Great photos show so much beauty in your state. I was surprised to see that the trail has 2000 ft elevation gain. Must not be a rail trail. Thanks for showing us around.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: June 12, 2021

      It is actually a rail trail. Going back to ridewithgps, it actually shows an elevation gain of about 1600 ft on the outbound ride of 17 miles. Using my handy-dandy grade calculator, that works out to about a 1.8 percent grade, which I guess is within the realm of what trains can/could handle. It’s just a very steady climb, never feels steep, but just keeps going.

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 12, 2021

    The Ogre was impressed and asked me how long it would take us to get to Vermont. Not sure if that meant flying, driving, or pedaling….

    • By: BobinVT Posted: June 13, 2021

      Well, I’m sure the Ogre would have a good time here, no matter how it travelled.

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