Sunday, August 31, 2008


Currently in Pittsfield Vt., 6180 miles into the trip. As of today I have been on the road for three months with another 2+ months remaining to reach my goal of 10,000+ miles.

Yesterday I completed my ride through the Adirondack Mountains of NY. Rainy, overcast day. Today, I entered Vermont via ferry across Lake Champlain and spent the morning riding through dairy and apple orchard country. Ended the day riding in the Green Mountains. It was a picture perfect bicycling day, sunny, temperatures in the mid-70's with a wind at my back. Plenty of steep climbs and descents, reminded me of riding through the Rockies only the Mountains are not as high and the climbs as long. The ride was definitely a challenge, especially the 12% grades!

Yes, that is a herd of buffalo that I saw yesterday in the Adirondacks.

The Vermont towns I rode through all have a lot of history, most of them dating back to the 1700's. The communities are full of character and charm and are very quaint. Many of the buildings are from the 1800's and very picturesque. Maple syrup available at almost every turn. The French explorer, Samuel de Champlain became the first European to see the Vermont mountains when he sailed from Quebec City Canada down the St. Lawrence and Richelieu Rivers in 1609. Pittsfield was chartered in 1781 and over the years has been a logging and iron ore town. Currently it has about 300 residents, a general store, gas station and a couple of B&B's. The B&B I am at has been open since 1835.

Tomorrow I will complete the ride through Vermont and enter New Hampshire. More steep climbs and small communities.


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