Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Polly's Latham-Brattleboro, Day 48 redux

Had another great day on the road! Perfect weather and gorgeous Vt. scenery.

My friend, Bruns, a newly minted antique, and the husband of my dear friend, Penny, has joined me for the last 3 days. He is a very experienced and strong rider who is nicely going slow for a real antique. He pulled me and entertained me with one story after another all day, and it was wonderful.

We had perfect weather all day - not too hot or windy, sunny skies and little wind, or it was at our backs.

We entered a new state today, Vermont - state #10. We rode through charming small towns and had a great stop in Bennington at the Crazy Russian Girls Bakery. Bennington has painted sculptured life-sized moose all over town and one was right outside the restaurant. Sorry, no photo. After looking for a bike shop and finding a great one which was only open from noon to 5:30 (!!), we checked in with Dennis back at the bakery and continued on. Dennis was on his own craft tour finding interesting woodworkers and museums.

A highlight of the day was having my friend, Emily meet us several times along the way.

We were on the Molly Stark byway, so after a biggish climb and fun descent into Wilmington we stopped to see who she actually was. Turns out she stood for the importance of family and helped sustain women who's husbands were off fighting in the French & Indian war and the revolution. She also inspired her husband, General Stark in his victory over the British in the battle of Bennington in 1777.

She was also featured at the summit of Hogback mountain where we had views of the green, tree covered rolling hills of VT, NH, and MA. The photo of Bruns and me was taken at that summit by Em who met us there.
So great of her. After a brief break we had a wonderful descent into Brattleboro, where my Em met us again for lunch at a great deli.

Fun dinner at the Marina with Em, Bruns, Sue, who came over from Peterborough and my main and best squeeze, Den - all in all life is grand!

Photos - out of order again! Parenthesis outline order
1. Gotta love the sign (2)
2. Downtown Brattleboro (5)
3. Antique & newly minted Antique atop Hogback (4)
4. Polly and Molly (3)
5. State # 10 - Vermont! (1)

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