Adventure Ride: Vermont’s Green Mountain Gravel Growler

By: 
Steve Carlson

 

Ride Leaders Steve Carlson and Steve Delaney took a team of riders to Vermont for a second consecutive year.   

This time, the trip was crafted after the Green Mountain Gravel Growler featured in Bikepacking.com and certainly did not disappoint!

 

Eight riders embarked on a three-night/four-day, mixed terrain adventure.  The trip was approximately 165 miles with over 10,800 feet of climbing.  Biking an average of 40 miles daily, the trek attracted a variety of CRW members and many first time bikepackers.

 

The trip began in Burlington and included overnight stays in Montpelier, Warren and Bristol before heading back to Burlington.  The charm of these small towns and their inns greatly added to the experience.

 

As seen from the eyes of the riders, it would have been hard to figure out how to spend a better four days escaping the sweltering heat of the Boston area.

 

 

Trip highlights included:

Beautiful route- gravel, dirt, asphalt, class IV’s, bike paths and some single track

Great weather—not too hot or humid with no rain drops during our ride!

Iconic and scenic covered bridges

Craft beers

Swimming in refreshing Bartlett Falls (plus, plus, plus!)

Maple Creamees (everyday by one rider!)

Up & Over Lincoln Gap (a must try for the DEVO guys!)

Lonesome gravel and dirt roads tunneled through beautiful forests and trees

The Warren Store, and multiple other delightful deli’s and bakeries

 

If leading an Adventure Ride appeals to you, please contact our program coordinatortalktoemilyv [at] gmail.com ( Emily Vigeant).  We have a pretty nice library of established adventures, or you can certainly develop your own.  The appetite among our members is there to join you!!

 

Photos from the trip show the beautiful scenery, and highlight some of the ride experiences.