I’ve been following lots of bike journals the last month or so, and it’s been exciting to finally see people getting out and about. It inspired me to want to get away from home for at least a minor adventure, so I decided to head up to northern Vermont for a two day, one night getaway. The plan was for two days of riding on South Hero Island, one of the several large islands that sit in the middle of Lake Champlain.
For Day 1, I made the three hour drive up north, and parked in Colchester, a town that sits just north of Burlington. From there, the plan was to ride the Island Line Trail and Colchester Causeway out to the island. From there, do a loop around the bottom half of the island, and then return back to the car. The Causeway is a three mile stretch of old railroad bed that runs across the lake. It’s a man made swath of land just wide enough to hold some railroad tracks, so you get some spectacular views of the lake on either side as you ride out, as well as some great views across the lake over into New York State. As part of the Causeway, there’s a two hundred foot gap, which you get across by taking the dedicated bike ferry that runs daily in the summer.
Once out on the island, there’s mostly quiet, low traffic roads, either running along the shoreline or crisscrossing the interior of the island.
Once back at the car, I drove up to St. Albans for dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel. First hotel stay since March of 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic.
On Day 2, I drove out to the island, and then did a loop encompassing the upper two thirds of the island, sticking to roads on the shoreline as much as possible.
Ride complete, I headed back to the car for the three hour ride home. For the two days, about 60 miles of riding total, and beautiful sunny weather the entire time. Lots of cyclists out and about all over the island. The Causeway trail itself was uncomfortably busy with casual cyclists, but the roads were great. And sorry folks, no faces here (unless I managed to capture one accidentally!).