Wet and Windy

~80 miles to North Hero in the rain and wind for a delicious cinnamon bun and coffee at Hero’s Welcome. This was my first training ride as I reach toward the coveted RCP Award (Randonneur Café Pâtisserie). Temps were cool on the way out of town, rain drops few. Wool layers worked well until the deluge started and then the plastic shell held off the chill for a bit. I followed the Lake Champlain Bikeways route from town up to the Islands, including a wind blown and dreadful stretch on a surprisingly busy Rt. 2. I brought the camera, only to turn it on and get an error for leaving the memory card elsewhere… so some blurry pics from the smartphone. This portion of the route is on the Celebrate Champlain 300k to be run July 26th.

Rolling on the MUP.

Rolling on the MUP.

Happy and dry...

Happy and dry...

The Round Barn... apartment conversion?

The Round Barn... apartment conversion?

My first training ride towards my RCP (Randonneur Café Pâtisserie) Award.

My first training ride towards my Randonneur Café Pâtisserie award.

The death grate on the drawbridge to North Hero. I slid around here last year in the rain - this time I opted to walk.

The death grate on the drawbridge to North Hero. I slid around here last year in the rain - this time I opted to walk.

James Black cycling cap from Bicycle Fixation... a  beloved piece of gear.

James Black cycling cap from Bicycle Fixation... a beloved piece of gear.

3 Responses to “Wet and Windy”

  1. Jim says:

    That grate has teeth. Reminds of my former commuting days in Bridgetown. Though I never went down on those grates, skinny tires make ‘em tougher to negotiate.

    I can’t wait to do the loop to Rouse’s Pt. and back on the NY side.

  2. Doug says:

    Good decision walking over the death grate. I know first hand how trying to ride over metal grating can be a life changing experience.

  3. mb says:

    Doug, welcome back to the world of 2 wheels. I’ve been following the blog and thought of you when I crossed that grate – twice!

    We did the same loop today – except we left with snow blowing around and a howling wind. The bridge was dry – so I gingerly rode it. Success… but not something to mess with!