Arriving in Saratoga Springs and a warm up loop
Sun June 26, 2016
Our home for the night was the Union Gables InnPhoto source - Union Gables website
Saratoga to Friends Lake - The fun begins
Monday June 27, 2016
Bicycling Distance: 42 miles inn to inn, rolling hills with a few longer climbs. The longer climb was at the very end and was a warning of hills to come. We'd had a pretty long day up to here which made the last few miles into the Inn much tougher.
Our home for the night was the Friends Lake InnPhoto source - Friends Lake Inn website
Friends Lake to Bryant Lake, Graphite Mt, Ticondaroga and Brandon, VT
Tuesday Jun 28, 2016
Our home for two nights was the Lilac Inn, 53 Park St., Brandon, VTPhoto source Lilac Inn website
Wednesday Jun 29, 2016 - Day 21,916 (60 years)
Stopped in Middlebury for lunch by the van and then headed back to town. Took some shortcuts which put me on some hard pack gravel roads. I also avoided some thunderstorms which blew through Middlebury and the return trip.
All in all a great way to spend my 60th birthday with some alone time to reflect on how lucky I am. Back in Brandon for the afternoon which was similar to previous afternoons with the people on the ride gathering for some post ride PMCs and then a nice dinner with my wonderful wife and the rest of the folks at a local restaurant.
Brandon to Manchester
Thursday, June 30, 2016
This was a nice day with three parts. First was Brandon to Proctor where we stopped at Vermont Marble. We got a quick tour thru the Marble museum and I was amazed at he pictures of the mining process. Next we had about a 17 mile stretch down to Middletown Springs where we stopped for lunch at Sissy's Kitchen. After lunch we had 26 miles into Manchester and arrived at the very nice Inn at Manchester reasonably early in the afternoon.
Manchester back to Saratoga Springs
Friday July 1, 2016
Our final day of the trip took us back to Saratoga Springs with a stop at the Saratoga Monument before we got back into town. We were able to shower and have lunch in the Saratoga Park Saratoga Spa State Park before heading back to NJ. Had some terrific thunderstorms on our way back to Ridgewood which probably led to my bike breaking down the following week but that's a story for another day.