After the first day of hard riding, we were ready for a great meal at Willy's restaurant. We had our own private dining room, and all enjoyed a fabulous meal. Highly recommended!
|Appetizer at Willys|
The second day of DROVES continued the Bayley Hazen theme. We headed back out over the freshly graded Stannard Mountain to rejoin the old military road, this time heading up toward Crafstbury. We overwhelmed the East Craftsbury General store, and had a long leisurely stop for lunch. Andreas and Brian had come up from Hanover for the day, but family commitments ruled out the full day with leisurely stops, so they left us at lunch. David and Emily also wanted an easier day, so they left us just before Crafstbury for a more direct route home.
|Enjoying traffic free dirt roads and the chance to be social|
|Mo seems to be coping with the long days in the saddle|
|A rare section of pavement - still quiet enough to ride along 2 by 2.|
|Panda shots are easy on the back of a tandem|
|Constant Bliss and Moses Sleeper, not the most fortunate individuals and who possessed somewhat ironic names|
|David and Emily, flying along on the tandem|
|Matt and Mo, chilling at the East Craftsbury store|
|A place to store all the maple sap!|
|That's one funny looking giant alpaca!|
|No one is ever able to resist the cute alpacas|
|The Wilcox's fenders seem to be having the opposite affect - they normally keep the bike CLEAN.|
We took a final refueling break in Barton before climbing up to the Wind Farm on New Duck Pond Road. It was quite the climb, and may or may not have acquired a Cockney Rhyming Slang name! We had recalled having good views of the turbines last fall, but maybe that was after Irene stripped all the leaves from the trees! Our best view was at the base of the climb, and then the next day from the Lake Willoughby side.
We had planned to check out a road called Vertical Mile Hill near the end, but most folks seemed content with the climbing we had already done, and we decided to bypass the bonus loop. No fear, Ted went out and climbed it on Tuesday and this road will make definitely make an appearance next year. How could we bypass a road called Vertical Mile?
We had a nice pot-luck party at the Bike Barn Sunday night. With two kitchens and a grill, there was lots of cooking and lots of great food, beer and wine. David L built a great fire in the fire pit, and the sprinkles held off while we all enjoyed a great party.
Our Montreal friends had to work on Monday, so they left us early. Mo and David W decided to join up with a bunch of NECX folks and do some mountain biking on the Kingdom Trails, while Emily and David L decided to do some running.
This left us with Emily O, Jake, Matt, Ted, John and me. We had planned to do a loop that included the 2500 foot climb up to Radar Road and then out to Victory, but I decided that heading up toward Lake Willoughby would be nice too. We had plenty of good steep climbs and some amazing views to boot.
|The rides take longer will all the stops for photos!|
|The token B+W shot, so we can include the word epic in our ride title!|
|Looking towards the old mountain-top radar installation.|
|We are still loving the new tandem! Our single bikes never got used this weekend!|