Photo by Jason DeVarennes

Monday, June 20, 2016


Dirt Roads of Vermont with Exceptional Scenery (DROVES) is our annual celebration of the beginning of summer. We head up to the Bike Barn in East Burke, VT and spend the weekend talking and laughing and cooking and cycling and sharing good wine and good beer. East Burke is well known for its mountain bike trails, but it is also in the middle of an amazing network of quiet scenic dirt roads.

Over the years, we have mapped out many challenging rides that help to whet our appetites and leave us primed for a good night of sleep, awaking refreshed and hungry and ready to do it all again.

Thanks to Cristine Lamoureux for the photos and slideshow from DROVES. BTW, you'll need a computer to view the slideshow. It won't play on your mobile device.

We had a couple of groups out on the road this year, with some opting for big climby rides, while others took on more modest distances.

Our friends also showed off their gourmet cooking skills, each seemingly trying to outdo the other. After dinner, a chain gang formed to clean up and wash dishes before the night owls gathered around the fire and told tall tales of cycling exploits-past.

Sadly it was over too soon. But before we headed home, we all made plans to meet as the same place and do it all again at the end of the summer. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at ANVILS - Ascending Northern Vermont in Late Summer.


  1. Hi Pam,

    When I heard about your accidents some time ago, I felt terrible about it. I didn't know about your illness until I read some of your blogs just now. I wish the best for you and John. I wish you a rapid and full recovery to good health.
    Your old friend,
    John LePage

  2. Hi Pamela, is there any chance you could publish your routes around Burke in case others would want to follow your foot... err, tire steps in the future? Unless you like to keep it private, which I understand.

    1. Most of the rides I do are published on ridewithgps under the moniker SadiB. The routes page highlights a few. http://blayleys.blogspot.com/p/routes.html