Sojourners by Bike ~ Day 1

30 Aug

~The daily account of a 6 day Bike Tour from Burlington, Vermont to Quebec City, Canada~
Burlington, VT to North Hero, Lake Champlain Islands – 33 miles

So far, so good.  Today was a good start.  A relatively short day, a little hectic getting out of Burlington, but beautiful views of Lake Champlain throughout the day’s ride.

Met our fellow sojourners at 10am, got a quick fit on bikes (they had previously obtained measurements and did a good job of guesstimating fit with that info). There are 16 of us, a nice and fun group of people. The tour leaders, Mark and Joshua, plus Susan, president of Sojourn Bike Tours all seem committed to making sure we all have what we need and that we have a good experience.

Following the bike path (another rails to trails conversion) we rode north through and out of  Burlington.  We took a bike ferry to cross Lake Champlain.  The bike ferry is operated by a great local bicycling/pedestrian organization, Local Motion.

While we waited for our turn on the ferry we saw lots of boats using "the cut" too.
Joni and Barbara with their steeds, ready to go.
Mark thinking, "this is pretty easy so far".

You always notice things on a bike you would never pay attention to in a car.  Part of what I love most about riding.

Stopped at Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery for lunch and a wine tour.  Snow Farm was Vermont’s first vineyard and winery which sprung out of a desire to keep the land agricultural.   They have a very interesting story you can read about on their website.


Tonight we are at the North Hero House after an easy and enjoyable day on the bike.  For the day, I rode 33 miles, average speed of 12.3.

We had a great dinner here as a group, will meet for breakfast at 8am then head out for 52 miles (or less if we choose).


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One Response to “Sojourners by Bike ~ Day 1”

  1. A Midnight Rider August 31, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    have a wonderful bike ride.

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