Tour Lake Champlain Islands 2nd Annual
Trip Report: 22–24 July 2016
The group had a great time on this trip last year, that we decided to repeat it. Possibly every year. The area has much variety for routes, scenic views, beaches, & food stops.
Friday: Grand Isle & Burlington
The trip activities started Friday from Knight Point State Park. The park has changing rooms, restrooms, & water. Entrance fee $4.00 per person. The park normally opens at 10:00. However, we made arrangements with the park ranger to open earlier for our group to enter by 8:30.
Many sections of routes for this day are not paved, including the entire causeway connecting Grand Isle with trail to Burlington. They are hard packed dirt & crushed stone.
I started with a group at 9:00 on an advanced long distance ride with moderate pace: tour of Grand Isle perimeter with visits to Snow Farm for home-made root beer, Island Line Trail causeway for view of water on both sides, bicycle ferry ($8.00), & east shore for winding road by the water. The extension to Burlington is almost entirely on trails with lake views. Lunch was at City Market Onion River Co-op.
A second group started at 13:00 on moderate ride around Grand Isle, similar to the one from last year.
We all met at the Inn for swim, dinner, & views of lake.
I led a group on a moderate ride across the border into Canada along Missisquoi Bay between farm lands, with snack stop at Venise-en-Québec. Marché public had a large selection of restaurants, bakery, chocolate, & ice-cream. Otherwise, there is a grocery store, fresh fruit stand (fruit lady accepts only CA$ in cash), crêpe, & Smarties.
On our return trip, we stopped at a farm for locally made cheese:
Dark clouds were moving quickly in our direction. Luckily, they were pushing fast wind in our back to retreat quickly to the Inn before a deluge fell from the sky.
Fisk Farm is the old homestead of Lt Governor Nelson Fisk. It was here that Teddy Roosevelt got the news that President McKinley had been shot.
Sunday: North Hero
We had a fun tour of North Hero island beaches & coast line, with stops at North Hero State Park, Alburg Dunes State Park, & Vermont maple soft-serve ice cream:
I did not record the cost for each day. However, I generally budget for $100 per day, all inclusive, for room & board.
|Friday 22 July 2016: Grand Isle & Burlington||
|Sunday: North Hero||
Expect the following when you are on the road:
- Gravel grinders: there will be sections on unpaved roads. Most of them are smooth crushed stone & dirt, while some rare short ones are a bit more rough.
Bicycle tires: 23mm only if you are already comfortable with them on dirt roads; 25mm are adequate; 28mm–32mm are most suitable; wider tires are adequate but not necessary.
- Wind: there will be wind. Most likely headwind in both directions.
- Hills: there will be hills. They are low, quick, with little elevation gain. But they are there.
- Tour Lake Champlain Islands 1st Annual: 17–19 July 2015
- Family Trip 2–4 July 2016: the routes, points of interest, & destinations are suitable for many families with children 10+ years old: