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Welcome to Vermont

There was no rain on the horizon as we left Ticonderoga, NY and headed for Gaysville, Vermont, a distance of about 60 miles. The route started with a ferry ride across Lake Champlain to Vermont.

Crossing Lake Champlain

Crossing Lake Champlain

Vermont touts itself as the “Green Mountain” state, a moniker that we would begin to understand as the ride continued. The roads in Vermont may be simply characterized as *terrible* – they are peppered with potholes and cracked pavement, making riding hazardous.

In contrast, the Vermont countryside is very picturesque, full of dense forests and beautiful rivers; the towns are quaint New England bergs loaded with history.

One of the most striking towns through which we passed was Middlebury. One reason why this town was notable was due to the fact that between  Middlebury and a neighboring town, Ripton (home of the late poet Robert Frost), the Green Mountains suddenly became a challenge with 12% grades. The most challenging climb of the day was Breadloaf, a long steep pull that pushed 14% in spots.  The Green Mountains are not going to be kind, since we are looking at even more challenging climbs over the next two days.

Summitting Broadleaf.

Summitting Breadloaf.

We are currently camped at the White River Camp Ground in Gaysville, VT. Tomorrow’s ride will take us to Lincoln, New Hampshire, a distance of 81 miles.

Today’s bicycling distance: 60 miles.

Those Green Mountains are steep!

Those Green Mountains are steep!

Ripton, Vermont, home of Robert Frost.

Ripton, Vermont, home of Robert Frost.

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Buffalo in the Adirondacks.

Buffalo in the Adirondacks.

August 11, 2009: Newcomb, NY to Ticondaroga, NY

Again we were pelted by rain during the early morning hours at our camp near Newcomb, NY. Fortunately the rain stopped prior to our departure for Ticondaroga, NY, a distance of about 40 miles. Today’s route was short, but included some climbs as well as some exciting descents towards the northeast border of New York state.

When one thinks of New York state, for many the vision of New York City always comes to mind. This area is very different from that vision. Upstate New York is heavily wooded and includes a number of small family farms. The Adirondack Mountains, in particular, are very beautiful and tranquil.

Lake Champlain.

Lake Champlain.

The roads today were somewhat rough in spots, especially on some of the descents, but we all made it into Ticondaroga unscathed. Due to a lack of local camp sites, we are currently staying at the Stonehouse Motel in the old town district. Since we made it to our destination before noon, we hope to spend the balance of the day doing laundry, taking in some of the sights and resting up for tomorrow’s ride. Tomorrow we exit New York and hope to make a quick trip through northern Vermont.

Today’s bicycling distance: 40 miles.

Entrance to Ticonderoga.

Entrance to Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga.

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