One of the ThursdayBike Group's favorite places is the Vermont side of the Connecticut River. Vermont Route 102 is a quiet rural road that is very scenic, has good fall colors, plenty of Holstein cows along the way. ...very Vermont.
This ride follows the southern section of VT102, starting from Lancaster and ends at DeBanville's General Store. This store has been closed and For Sale for a few years, rumor has it that has reopened. Let's check it out! We can get food and ice cream for the lunch stop, but bring some food to have on the bike, just in case.
Weather: Looks good. We might have some wind from the north, will be a good tailwind for the ride back!
Ride Starts: 9:30, ready to ride, from the parking lot of Shaw's Supermarket in Lancaster, on the right side of Route 3 North, just north of the town center.
Carpool if you like: Meet in the Atttitash parking lot, far end away from the lifts, 8:00 am. Otherwise see you in Lancaster.
Terrain: Lots of flat or very gradual ups and downs, some rolling hills requiring some work; no Asparagus Hill, easier than Snowville, easier than that hilly section of the Wonalancet ride, no notches.
How far: 49 miles. See map below. (If you just have to get that 50 mile ride in for your record books - just continue up Route 102 from DeBanville's until your odometer says 25.00 then turn back!!)
Shorter Option?!!! Drive up a bit further up Route 3 north and cross the CT River via the bridge into Guildhall, VT and start from there. Park alongside the Town Green (bear right after you cross the bridge, then make a left alongside the green). This will take 18 miles off and give you a 31 mile ride.
Directions: Route 302 to Twin Mountain 4-corners stoplight. Take a right onto Route 3 north. Follow Route 3 though Whitefield, then continue on Route 3 into Lancaster. Shaw's Supermarket is on the right, approximately 0.5 mile north of the center of Lancaster on Route 3. It is across the street from Dunkin Donuts. Park at the part of the lot closest to the road, furthest from the store entrance.
Bring: Snacks and water. Maybe DeBanvilles (or a new name?) will be there again for lunch and ice cream?