Struggling Along

Ugh, yesterday’s ride was made more challenging thanks to what appears to be a cold. I went to bed feeling slightly better, but as soon as I awoke this morning the runny nose and sneezing began. I am going to try and ride today, what we are told is another difficult day of climbing. We’ll see how this goes…

Here is yesterday’s map:
Vermont Day #4
~60 miles, with another couple harrowing hard-pack gravely roads; thankfully I didn’t get any more flats. There was a 74-mile option, but that came after a second brewery stop and added an additional 1000′ of climbing, so I passed. I think there must have been some prize money on the line yesterday because most of the group hammered after lunch and I rode the last twenty-five miles alone.

We spent the night at the von Trapp resort, yes the same von Trapps from “The Sound Of Music”, in Stowe, Vermont. The brewery tour guide claims lineage to Maria and Baron von Trapp. Sadly, no one here these days speaks German so I couldn’t practice.

ITP Flickr Pic
The scenery yesterday was nice, but nothing worth stopping to shoot on a day in which I was feeling so lousy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro, Vermont, United States)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Wednesdays are “release days” for the brewery and when we arrived there were already over twenty people with empty growlers in line. The brewery’s beer is good, but to me it wasn’t wait in line good.

I Am Seeing The End
My legs are nearly spent and I am struggling with this cold/allergy. I am almost looking forward to the end of the tour. Though shorter in mileage and one day shorter, the climbs on this ride have made this much harder than RAGBRAI.

Today we ride from Stowe back to Burlington through Smuggler’s Notch.

Tomorrow we are to take a ferry to New York, ride along Lake Champlain on the New York side, and then ferry over to Charlotte where Sojourn’s headquarters is. From there I would get shuttled back to Burlington. I mention tomorrow’s plan because there is also an 80% chance of thunderstorms in Burlington tomorrow, so there is a good chance that I might decide to sleep in and stay in Burlington instead, especially if I have not kicked what started to ail me yesterday. We’ll see how that goes…

Paulie [stowe/vt]

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5 Responses to Struggling Along

  1. Oh yeah, I am not on my bike. I am riding a nice Cannondale carbon-fiber frame, with a completely unknown gear ratio since I am not a cycling nerd. I do know that it struggles to get into the easiest gear, which may mean bad times ahead for me. I have been too worn out to ask for someone to check it out…

    You know, I should take a photo of the bike for tomorrow’s blog post.

  2. steve says:

    They didn’t speak German in “The Sound of Music”!

    A lovely day off with various rain showers yesterday. We retrieved Mac from a friend. Mac was my Nemesis when I was attempting to learn to ride. This is the one that Debbie used to say “his quarter ran out”. We are keeping him for a while. The last plan I heard was other riders formed a syndicate to support him and have a back up hunt horse.

    Get the low gear looked at- no point in climbing and not having a low gear.

    Feel bettter.


  3. Barb says:

    Bummer you aren’t feeling well.

    but – trip looks like a blast!

    we went to finally see Captain America – Civil War with everyone lat night at hte $1 theatre. I’ve really gotten used to the barca lounger seats at the AMC theatre near Cumberland – those seats about killed me last night.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Up and over today’s hardest climb, more on this tomorrow.

  5. Stacy says:

    You’re adventures lately far outweigh mine.

    But, hey. I’ve finally caught a Pikachu.

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