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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by FolkGirl, Apr 15, 2012.
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Richmond, I believe... I'm glad you posted again as I hadn't seen your RR before. Enjoyed reading it last night. Hope this is a preview of coming attractions.
Wow, I might have to head east someday to ride those roads in person! Thanks for the views, keep 'em coming.
That creemee stand is on Route 2 just north of downtown Montpelier, always worth the trip.
No 2013 Apple Pickin' ride?
Hit the Northeast Kingdom last week with a new riding partner on a TU250
We found some great dirt around the Craftsbury/Albany area and a good sandwich at the Craftsbury store
Put the gazeteer to good use
SUnday we took a loop from Hinesburg to Bristol to Middlebury on the squiggliest lines we could find and cameout on Route 100 in Rochester. Then we made use of the front porch at Wildwood antiques to check the maps again...
Not far down the road, we thought Liberty Road looked like a good option
After it got class 4 and the "not maintained by town" notice, we pressed on
Then we finally came to our senses, but that was fun!
Since we had to double back to 100 south, we stopped at the General Store in Pittfield, an excellent lunch option
Liberty Hill Road is a classic class four, and if the traffic is heavy on 100, it's not much slower (it cuts the corner between Emerson and Pittsfield). Last I was through, there was nothing particularly hairy, but there are definitely a couple of spots where you want to be on the right line.
I did once try to get my Ninja 250 through from the Pittsfield side, but I gave up around the time I got to the first real uphill on the class four section, shortly after I had gotten a bit off line on a waterbar and ended up running into a tree. I've generally had better luck with my GS.
I'm enjoying your day trippin' reports, FolkGirl.
Some of the sights are familiar, as my chalet is in Sutton, QC, 6 miles north of Richford. And on my way home on Sundays, I listen to All the traditions
We gotta trade coffee shop and bakeries suggestions!
TU 250 with milk crate ! Way cool riding buddy you have there.
Happy to see your out, about and posting again! Thanks!!
I missed adding this spot to the other day's ride. We cut through Ripton and went across Route 125 (which is closed btw due to a bridge out on the west end). The National Forest roads that surround it are pretty great, and so are the views.
I have ridden through Smuggler's Notch many times. It can be busy on the weekends...
But I have never really stopped and looked around.
We brought our hiking boots and did a little scrambling around.
The boulders and outcroppings are pretty cool.
and so is the view
Went back via Cambridge and Underhill. This is Irish Settlement Rd.
After coming through south-to-north yesterday, I need to revise this: there's more mud there right now than I ever remember there being before. Completely rideable with knobbies, but street tires would probably make it a little more interesting than ideal.
I think there may be some newish (maybe added last year, not sure) material on a few portions of the roadwayI remember it being rockier but also drier. I'm really glad I didn't try riding it north-to-south yesterday, that would have been rather interesting.
Cool photos (and even more so of Smugglers' Notch). I'm 99% sure that 125 is open again, although 73 is now scheduled for a few bridge projects. The Vermont 511 page should have the details.
A couple of local ice cream stops.
Main Street Richmond, Bridge Street Cafe.
The food is not expensive, and not that special, but the ice cream is good.
KB, thanks for the info on Route 125. Will be good to have that back in the mix of road options.