Dave and Lexi's Adventures

XVT Test Ride 1
October 29-30, 2009

151 miles
Rochester-Mad Tom Notch-Rochester
via Notown, Belmont, Wallingford Pond, and Hortonville
dirt, mud, gook, and bushwhacking

Exploring for the XVT

Dave Tremblay and I hooked up to test ride a portion of the XVT mountain bike route that we had been cookin' up. The plan was to find a border to border and back route with as much good dirt as possible. We began our two day ride in Rochester, VT.

Dave B and Dave T

Heading up Rt 73 to the first dirt. Photo by Dave T

Ash Hill mountain bike trail, rather slippery with piles of wet leaves.

photo by Dave T

Signing in at the mid-trail register for the Contest Trail, in the Green Mt. National Forest.

Fabulous view south over Pittsfield.

photo by Dave T

Exactly who this sign was for is unclear as we had ridden a rough track for several miles.

Continuing a long uphill climb past the metropolis of Notown (a rather fitting name)

A slow and sometimes quagmirey section of VASA/VAST led to this fun downhill to Bridgewater Corners. (Location of Long Trail Brewing)

A fine dinner at the Belmont Store: Vermont cheddar grinder, beef barley soup, 5 deviled eggs, V8 juice, and chocolate milk. Dave heats up some chocolate milk in the vintage RadarRange.

We hook up the lights and zip downhill in vain search of a simple connection between Greendale Road and Greendale Rd.

We settled in for the night at the USFS Greendale Campground. It was dryish, flat, and completely deserted.

We got a lazy 9AM start after tea and cocoa over the alcohol stove.

Even the hay bales were in the Halloween spirit as we rode through Weston and Landgrove.

It was a long and steady, but quite lovely climb up to Mad Tom Notch, our first crossing of the LT/AT for the day.

Mad Tom Notch. At this point our intended route continued south around Bromley. Given our time contraints for this outing, we turned north on FS58 to head back north and scout out an alternate route through this part of the National Forest. Photo by Dave T

At the end of FS58, the newly designated equestrian/mtb trail continued into the woods.

photo by Dave T

After several miles we arrived at Griffith Lake, meeting up with the LT/AT again.

The riding was slow and our toes a smidge damp.

photo by Dave T

The descent to FS30 was miles and miles long and gorgeous, with long stretches of cobbly technical stuff.

It was certainly not all happily rideable.

Yet another fabulous white stone road. Great views northeast over East Wallingford.

Climbing up past Hortonville we found some of the best backwoods trails of the trip, sped by Lake Ninevah, and had a thrilling 40mph ride downhill to Rt 100.

We got rid of a pile of milk bottles and wrappers before hitting the road north to return to Rochester. My the road was fast! By 4PM we had ridden 35 miles. After stopping for a leisurely dinner, we pulled into Rochester at 10PM, 88 miles for the day.

Filling up on moose and elk sausage lasagne at the Pasta Pot in Killington before the last misty 20 miles back to Rochester.