Today, we took the first major detour from the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier route, but with good reason: the promise of good company and a soft bed on which to rest our weary bodies.
We started our day in Rochester, VT with coffee and huge donuts. A sweet woman pulled up in her car as we were munching on our treats to ask about our trip and provide encouragement based on her own experience riding across the country a few years prior. She said that up ahead, while crossing Breadloaf Mountain, “It feels like you might tip over backwards, but it’s not bad at all!”
Later, when we were huffing and puffing at that very spot, she happened to pass by in her car and gave us a round of honks for additional encouragement.
After that, we cruised down to Middlebury, where we enjoyed lunch in the sunshine at Noonie’s Deli. A girl about to graduate from Middlebury College struck up a conversation with us; it turns out that she and a friend are biking to California starting this Sunday, immediately after graduation.
Trip stats, to date
- Rochester, VT to Shelburne, VT
- Daily mileage: 48.9mi; Trip total: 279.5mi
- Daily riding time: 3hr 58min; Trip total: 24hr 45mi
- Daily ascent: 2,805ft; Trip total: 17,406ft