away for the weekend: cycling vermont farmland

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

cycling vermont farmland

Last week, we took a much needed break from the daily grind and headed up to our Vermont getaway for a week of  relaxing, exploring and all those vacationy things that people do.

Now I'm back in my office where I was greeted by piles of papers that need to be pushed around -
I guess into new piles...
It's what I do.

I think I took a few hundred pictures while in Vermont - and to put it mildly I'm a bit

I'd like to share a bike ride that Greg and I took through the beautiful farmland of Vermont.
I'm calling it farm fascination part 2

Heart of Vermont Bikeways
I found this ride on the Champlain Bikeways website (click the link above).
We also added the optional 10 mile round trip to Mount Independence.
This ride is rated "moderately strenous", but I think for an avid cyclist, it would be pretty easy.
 I'm a little behind in my cycling this year, so for me - it was rated just about right.

So hop on my bike with me as we pedal through the peaceful Vermont farmland on a sunny summer afternoon.

(edited in PicMonkey using Focal Zoom - can't you just feel the breeze on your face?)

Ethan Allen gathered his men here before capturing Fort Ticonderoga

I love taking pictures of cows!

I felt a little silly (city-girl cyclist) taking so many photos of these bovine beauties. I could imagine the farmer snickering to himself - not that I would blame him for that!

Time for a rest stop

A man got out of his truck and watched me as I snapped some photos.
His curiosity got the better of him and he asked me, "What are you seeing here?"
Oh my, don't you know you live in one of the most beautiful places on earth? (I thought to myself)
I smiled and told him that I loved the flags that lined the street and that the village was so pretty.
Apparently satisfied, he nodded and went on into the store.

As you can imagine, with all this stopping for pictures, the 30 miles took us most of the afternoon.
I actually have many more, but I'll save them for another day.
I hope you enjoyed the ride!

I am joining
Nancy at A Rural Journal for Rural Thursday

Thanks for dropping in!


  1. I sure did enjoy the ride. I love your description of the man in the truck who was curious about what you saw. I wonder if he'll look at things just a bit differently after hearing your answer. How nice! Thanks for taking us along.

    1. He seemed very pleased that I found his village so charming.

  2. Now that looks like an awesome way to unwind -- great photos.

  3. Your bike ride looks amazing - what a trip!

  4. Lovely and delightful 'bike tour' with excellent photos ~ ~ thanks, ^_^ (A CreativeHarbor)

  5. wow, gorgeous scenery and funny about the local, can't he see what a great little shop that is?!!

  6. I'd be so busy snapping photos, I'm afraid I'd fall off the bike!

    Lovely captures -- Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays. ox

    1. Hahaha, fortunately my husband was very patient with my frequent stops.

  7. Fantastic photography and texture! Lovely colours.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  8. I loved riding along with you through such beautiful country! I love the place with all the wood carvings.

    1. The wood carvings were really great, I'd love to go back someday to visit their shop (probably with a car - with a large trunk!)

  9. It was a beautiful ride and I look forward to seeing more of your journey! I love cows, barns, and exploring little towns too :)

  10. Wow! That was a fun trip, and you paid the price of the achy legs! I'm just enjoying the scenery! Thanks for taking me along on the ride!

  11. WOW!!! Baeutiful place and so well captured. Thanks for taking me along I really enjoyed the ride. Have a great weekend!


  12. 'What are you seeing here' indeed.....your are taking photos of beautiful scenes and vistas, that's what you and your camera are seeing here...

  13. I loved seeing your pictures of the Vermont countryside. My favorite is the 1880 barn. Thanks for taking us along.

  14. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B.

  15. Oh, I'm jealous of the beautiful scenery you have to bike through! How's traffic on the road? It looks very peaceful! We too, love to ride out in the countryside. I love all your pictures of the cows. So sweet looking! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you - it really was very quiet, hardly any traffic. We love to cycle, but going out to the countryside is definitely best.

  16. Wow--these are gorgeous photos! I love your editing of your first shot. And, yes, it was a beautiful area! I don't blame you for taking so many pics. :)


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