As I’ve mentioned a few times in previous posts I, like many people, have been riding the same old routes all spring and summer, sticking nice and close to home. Yesterday, I decided I was really in the mood to get away and do something a little different. In other times, I might head over to New Hampshire or down into Massachusetts, but we are not in ‘other times’. I definitely wanted to stay within the borders of Vermont to avoid any issues with having to quarantine upon return.
So, I decided to throw my bike on the car, and head north to the town of St. Johnsbury, about 125 miles north of my house. St. Johnsbury is currently the eastern terminus of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The LVRT is still under construction, but when complete will span 93 miles across the northern part of Vermont. There’s currently two sections complete. A western section that’s about 17 miles long, and an eastern section about 15 miles. I’d ridden the western section last year, so I was anxious to see what the eastern side was like.
Two hours in the car each way seems like a lot for a couple hour bike ride, but I had the advantage of looking at the beautiful fall foliage during the trip up north. The other small challenge of this trip was the weather. Yesterday was a sunny day, but up in northern VT, the temperature never got above 45 F, and there were steady winds of 15 to 20 MPH all day, so it was cold!
So, here’s just a few photos from the trail, and your chance to see a little bit of fall color.
All in all, a good ride, and well worth the car trip. The first eight miles of the trail are a steady climb of about 2% grade, and unfortunately into that 15-20 MPH wind, so it was a bit of a 7 MPH slog in the beginning. Of course, I got to fly (and freeze!) on the way back.