Corn? In Vermont?

I suppose that I shouldn’t be too surprised to see corn being grown in Vermont, but admit that I was. I should have stopped to get the photo that I failed to get in Iowa -— me, in front of a corn field.

No Hostility In The Hostel
Because I am cheap as chose to stay in a dormitory style hostel for $45/night instead of a hotel for $150+/night. And, my stay included coffee and waffles! Truth be told, it wasn’t that bad. I have already booked two nights for my post ride stay in Burlington. The only downside is that Delta is flying me out at 6:15am, so I will have to figure out how to be out of the hostel and into an Uber by 4:30am on the day that I fly home.

I spent Saturday walking around Burlington, sweating. I was so sweaty by 9:30am Saturday that I found Macy’s and purchased two new t-shirts. Burlington was fun, with a farmers market occurring on Saturday. I ducked into a bar at 11:30 and watched some road cycling Olympics while I drank my first beer. By my fourth bar I was set to go back to the hostel for a great nap.

Saturday evening was spent at the hostel, reading a book.

ITP Flickr Pic
“We Made It To The Mississippi” (Muscatine, Iowa, United States)
We Made It To The Mississippi
This is the last of the Iowa photos that I will post.

“Burlington Graffiti” (Burlington, Vermont, United States)
Burlington Graffiti
This caught my eye and made me laugh.

“Sunset Behind Tne Sailboats” (Burlington, Vermont, United States)
Sunset Behind The Sailboats
I did get out for a little while on Saturday night.

Vermont Day #1
After the driving to Charlotte (not pronounced lithe the city in NC) we were fitted with bikes and on our way.

The original documentation stated our day would consist of 39 miles, we rode 45. The first 27 were fine, but I bonked a bit on the final 18 – there was no beer in the tank!

When we reached our final town of Middlebury it was straight to Otter Creek Brewing to rectify my deficiency.

Filled with a flight of beer we rode to out B&B where we were served a tasting of beers from Drop-In brewery before being served dinner.

I was in bed writing this by 21:30.

A Day Of Climbing Ahead
We have been informed that tomorrow we will ride he smallest of Vermont’s gaps, climbing 1900′ as we ride toward Vermont’s capital of Montpelier. This does not please this fat boy.

Paulie [middlebury/vt]

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9 Responses to Corn? In Vermont?

  1. steve says:

    You should not be surprised to be climbing in Vermont. This ain’t Iowa, Toto.

    Saturday had us at Stone Mountain for a brief wedding of my niece. The grist mill was actually a lovely setting for a small event such as that. Went home to watch the men’s RR from Rio and was pleased the course was as tough as it was. Sadly, a bit too tough for several leaders who crashed on the final descent. ‘mericans were no where to be seen at the end.

    Worked Sunday morning and then went home to see the women’s race. It was looking really good for the ‘mericans, as we had 2 in the last move of the day. The crash on the final descent was as bad as I have seen- I really feared the worst. And poor Mara Abbott- she’s no bigger than a minute, so doesn’t have the motor to keep 3 riders from catching with only a 45 second advantage. 4th is the loneliest number today.

    And word is a TV motor crashed at Tour of Utah and affected the race. I haven’t seen the coverage yet… rumor is a $1000 fine.

    Have fun riding!!


  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m not surprised that we’ll be climbing but I am nervous about it.

  3. Stacy says:

    I’m already jealous of the micro brewery situation going on up there….but shouldn’t y’all be taste testing maple syrups or something? 😉

    Love the boats!

    An ITP-Reader request: do you have a map of your route anywhere? I’d love to see exactly where you are and the path you’re taking (much like how you showed me your Iowa path).

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Had some maple syrup with pancakes this morning. 🙂

    I will post the route taken each day starting tomorrow.

  5. alisson says:

    Did you find the Coat Factory while in Burlington ?

  6. Barb says:

    I soooo wish I was with you in Vermont – that sounds like a great trip.

    So my co-worker Megan is on Europe for 3 weeks – I’m doing double duty work wise. Then – find out another co-worker went into the hospital this weekend, so we all have to try to cover her accounts. I’m ready to scream. At least I get paid Overtime. And – I’m very worried for Bonnie – they think she has some sort of tumor in her colon, and she’s only 30, with a 1 yesr old baby.

    Back to fun news –
    Went to see Bad Moms with Katrina Saturday – cute movie, and we had to go out for a beer after, and leave the kids with the grandparents, in keeping with the theme of the movie.
    Sunday we heard up to McKinney campground at Allatoona with everyone. I really don’t understand why the old people that run the check in have to be so difficult – it almost makes us never want to go camping. But – we finally got checked in, and we swam & played in the lake. Tonight is Skyline chili night -which will be much easier now that we have the camper. I will be quite happy to get dinner after this fun day at work.
    Kaleb managed to “fall” into the fire trying to roast a marshmallow, a little minor burn on his leg, but I guess he is fine this morning. But -Allan isn’t sure yet if he should get into the lake, so not sure what they will do to keep him occupied yet.

  7. steve says:

    It would seem to me as long as the skin isn’t broken, he should be able to get in the water. Sounds like you’re have a great time.

  8. Barb says:

    it was dark Steve – not sure how actually bad it was. Allan will figure that out today

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Day is done, already had two beers in a dive bar in Montpelier. Will blog all about my failure tomorrow. 😉

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