My Eastern States tour guide Chris chose Vermont as our locale for our fall cycling vacation. He also timed the vacation perfectly with the fall foliage. The colors were absolutely breathtaking. With leaves on the ground already and a chill in the air, the timing could not have been better.
Before heading road riding near Stowe, I got to watch Chris in one of the largest cyclocross races in the Boston area. What a fun way to start the vacation…plus it was ideal to ensure Chris had tired legs to start the cycling trip so that I had a hope of keeping up ;).
We spent our first few days cycling around the Stowe area. Our first ride was a trek up through the Lake Champlain area and we were absolutely spoiled with quiet roads and amazing views. The ride was approximately 120kms…and for my first day back on a road bike in a month, it hurt. 🙂
We also did an amazing ride up through Smuggler’s Notch, which is THE spot for ‘leaf peepers’ to take foliage photos and the narrow winding road was an absolute dream to ride along.
We got some rain on our third day in Stowe so we opted to throw on the ol’ running shoes and head up Mt Mansfield. We made it up to the “chin” before turning back in the fog.
From Stowe we headed on to find some mountain biking in Burke. The quiet ski town is a mecca for mountain biking. We had two days of riding with some pretty spectacular views. It was great to see so many mountain bikers out and about. The trails are renowned in the area but Chris and I agree that we’ve got it pretty good when it comes to mountain biking in the Rockies ;).
Until the next adventure…happy fall!