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.
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