Moosamaloo Overnight

June 10th, 2015

I snuck out on the IF for an overnight last weekend. Burlington to Shelburne and Charlotte on Spear, then dropping down to Vergennes and off to Middlebury on the backside route, staying to pavement most of the way down to Middlebury then up to Moosamaloo. Return route included Steam Mill and Natural Turnpike and some new (to me) dirt roads near Monkton.

The ADKs from Vergennes

The ADKs from Vergennes

Crossing the tracks on the Trail Around Middlebury

Crossing the tracks on the Trail Around Middlebury

Crossing the tracks on the Trail Around Middlebury

Crossing the tracks on the Trail Around Middlebury

I had a late lunch in Middlebury and then connected the TAM to skip some busy roads, only to find a construction detour that put me right back on Rt. 7 south out of town. In East Middlebury I hunted for a decent beer at the gas station / convenience store but nothing sounded good – so I topped off on a snack or two and water and headed up up up VT 125. The climb up 125 took forever. I was pretty cooked from the ride, and I walked the first steep pitch just out of town, pushing the bike uphill until I reached a pull off where I collected myself, hydrated, and then pushed on for camp.

At FR32, Goshen Ripton Rd. I turned onto dirt. This was about ~52 miles into my ride, and I found myself off the bike and pushing for a stretch to give the quads and lungs a break. FR32 is one of my move favorite places to get to on a bike.

FR 32

FR 32

My plan was to arrive around dinner time, setup camp, then make dinner while shooting a time-lapse sunset from the Voter Brook Overlook. I pulled into the Moosamaloo Campground at about 6:30, found an open site, dropped some $$ into the deposit box, and setup my Tarptent Moment.

Tarptent Moment Setup from Mike Beganyi on Vimeo.

The Voter Brook Overlook is a 5 minute ride further down the access road. It was a bit underwhelming with regards to getting a good sunset time-lapse – but I tried out the GoPro and made dinner.

Setting up the GoPro

Setting up the GoPro

Voter Brook Overlook... last frame from an unimpressive time-lapse.

Voter Brook Overlook… last frame from an unimpressive time-lapse.

Dinner, Voter Brook Overlook

Dinner, Voter Brook Overlook

Voter Brook

Voter Brook

After dinner I rolled back to camp, did some bike and gear adjustments, bear bagged my food and kitchen, and planned to turn in for the night. After I played with the long exposure settings on my Canon G12.

Bike, Tent, Lights, Night

Bike, Tent, Lights, Night

Self Portrait, lit by Tent

Self Portrait, lit by Tent

Morning found me up early, with the other campers still sound asleep. I made breakfast and broke camp, and headed for Steam Mill and Natural turnpike, 2 of my other favorite places to be in VT on a bicycle. Both of these roads are up up up… so I started the day with a good deal of climbing.

Campsite

Campsite

Camp road, morning light.

Camp road, morning light.

I stopped at the Robert Frost trail to adjust some clothing, and take advantage of the restrooms at the trailhead, from there I found Steam Mill Rd.

Robert Frost trail sign

Robert Frost trail sign

Steam Mill Rd.

Steam Mill Rd.

FR 59 Sign and IF

FR 59 Sign and IF

Wetlands, Natural Turnpike

Wetlands, Natural Turnpike

End of the World

End of the World

From high up on the Natural Turnpike I dropped into Lincoln, then Bristol for an early lunch / second breakfast at the Bristol Cafe and Bakery. A large group of GMBC cyclists congregated while I was enjoying my food. They were on a Sunday ‘touring’ ride. I chatted with a few before they left, then rolled out myself for home.

Bristol Bakery and Cafe

Bristol Bakery and Cafe

I picked a few new roads on the run back from Bristol… and the route pretty much did me in. I struggled from Monkton to home, but the roads I did choose are sure to be additions to future routes… especially if I route them to be downhill. Piney Woods Rd. is a lovely lane and a half (at most) of dirt… and it is steep as it follows the creek. Plank Rd., North Rd., Parks-Hurburt Rd. and Old Stage Rd. are also nice alternative routes (dirt) for going north / south and connecting into Bristol from Chittenden County.

No problem. I was slow enough at this point...

No problem. I was slow enough at this point…

Creek on Piney Woods Rd.

Creek on Piney Woods Rd.

Piney Woods Rd.

Piney Woods Rd.

From Monkton I followed familiar roads back into town, struggling with the heat, and feeling a bit dehydrated. I returned home about 30 hours after I left.

Adventure!

Adventure!

Clement MSO 32s in their natural habitat

Clement MSO 32s in their natural habitat

Almost home - barn on Baldwin Rd.

Almost home – barn on Baldwin Rd.

Day 1
~62 miles
~5926′ climbing
Pavement with a bit of dirt and trail

Day 2
~57 miles
~6220′ climbing
Dirt with pavement

SPOT Stalking

June 3rd, 2015

Wil attempted the not quite ready for prime time XVT – a 300+ mile single track and dirt road route from Canada to Massachusetts a few weeks ago. He was carrying my SPOT and GPS, so Justin and I SPOT stalked him down in the Moosamaloo area…

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I brought a thermos of coffee and a bagel for a very glad to see us Wil. Was fun riding with him – we met up with him on a trail above Goshen Dam and then rode with him into Silver Lake.

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Wil headed south on Chandler Ridge and I took off down the Falls of Lana trail to find some food near Lake Dunmore. I rounded out my ride by having to ride back up VT 125 – I parked up at the Broadleaf Campus… so I had a long slog of a climb back to the car.

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Spring

May 17th, 2015

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Heartwood Snapshots

May 10th, 2015

We had a great class at Heartwood for my spring ‘Introduction to SketchUp’. 12 students fill all the available seats and we covered a wide range of skills ranging from accurate modeling techniques, presentation, and compound timber joinery.

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I took 3 courses here in 1999-2000 or so. That reinforced a love of building and design and set me on a path that I’ve been wandering and refining since.

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I’ve been teaching here for about 6 years now. It’s a magical place that I truly love returning to every year.

Morning

May 5th, 2015
Over the Bridge

Over the Bridge

Finally feels like spring is here to stay. Cool temps, some early sun, and the woods are drying out nicely for riding.

Intervale footbridge

Intervale footbridge

Climbing in the BHS woods

Climbing in the BHS woods

Up

Up

Breather

Breather

Spring Dirt

April 26th, 2015

Looked for 60+ miles today. Legs and lungs and body only had ~28 in them. Fatigued, and the knee is sore and hamburger from a recent wreck on the family cargo bike.

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Spring, I think, is here.

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Bike Geek Pics – IF

April 22nd, 2015

Recent bike geek pics of my Ti Independent Fabrications Club Racer. Currently running Clement MSO tires under PDW Full Metal Fenders with Paul Racer M brakes. I have some drivetrain updates to do – but the 9spd bar end has been solid.

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Mt. Philo

April 22nd, 2015

I’ve been spending more time on the IF now that I’ve got the brakes and tire selection dialed in for my dirt / pave style of riding. Last Sunday I did a common road loop from Burlington out to Mt. Philo. I usually loop around the ‘mountain’ on dirt and take in portions of the covered bridge loop – but I decided on the way out to climb the road and take in the view. I felt stronger than I thought I would – and surprised myself.

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Its a short, but steep climb. ~44 miles round trip. And I felt good pulling into the headwind coming home.

Bike Geek Pics – Krampus

April 22nd, 2015

Recent bike geekery images of my Surly Krampus…

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Spring Overnight

April 21st, 2015

Took off with Wil to meet up with some usual suspects at Little River State Park. Dirt road, trail, pavement, mud road, some single track. A true S24O as I returned to the car 22 hours after I left.

Down Governor Chittenden Rd. and across Johnnie Brook:

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Things got muddy along the Winooski:

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Met up with Greg in Waterbury and climbed to Little River State Park:

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The reservoir and some more climbing on snow and ice:

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Camp:

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Tested out the new 0dF down sleeping bag – my feet were steaming when I woke up in the morning. I am close to having a gear range to go from 60s summer nights to low teens, zero degree winter nights. Temps got into the 30s overnight. The lean to blocked the wind and everyone was cozy:

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Rolling out in the morning – we split up, and made our way to home / second breakfast and some nice riding:

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