Looking back on the ferry from the New York Side
I rode in the southern part so I have a lot left to explore.
I got there around 9 and parked my car at the town offices in South Hero. Where I was going to park was a cause of some anxiety for me. I didn't want to have my car towed or dinged and I wanted it on the bike route. I asked the town clerk if this would be okay and she said absolutely with a smile on her face. Good start.
I had to ride on US 2 for a few miles which is the main route through the islands and has the most traffic. There is a good shoulder and before I knew it I was headed for the East Shore. Gorgeous. I was now in the town of Grand Isle and was biking along with stunning view after stunning view. I know I was biking with an foolish grin on my face but what a day.
I turned off US 2 to be greeted by this view,
a sign of things to come.
This was one of many roads where there was evidence
of work that had been done when Lake Champlain
was several feet above flood stage.
I continued through Grand Isle and it was all stunning. One way to make this ride longer was to take the ferry to New York State and do a short ride there. Of course I was going to do this. It was such a gorgeous day for a ferry ride. The ride itself wasn't very long, maybe about 20 minutes. I was amazed at the number of vehicles including 3 tractor trailers. Once in New York there was a peninsula to ride on to add about 6 miles. I didn't quite go on the intended route. I still don't know what I did wrong. I am sure I will do this ride again and hopefully can figure it out.
On the way to the ferry.
When I was riding to the ferry I could see probably 30 geese on both sides of the road with SEVERAL babies. I saw cars get through them but wondered how I would accomplish it. After one car zoomed past the geese on the right scattered. I zoomed as much as I could and did get by. I do not like geese.
My other animal thought was about snakes. They shouldn't be on islands should they?
On the way back!
Looking back towards New York
Once back in Vermont I headed toward South Hero. All of the directions had been very clear but now they were a little less so. I was never quite sure if I was on the right road and was pretty much guessing which way to go. I was on an island and it was a small island so I was not too worried. Soon enough I could hear traffic on Route Two. Once there I didn't know if I should go north or south. I chose north but before too long I came upon a really tacky July 4 decoration that I had seen earlier so I knew I needed to turn around. I arrived back in South Hero and saw my car (all safe) and continued on. I wanted to see where I went wrong. I added some miles in but before too long I turned around as I knew I might run so thought I should head for my car. I ended up riding 36 miles, the highest this year and there aren't many times (1 0r 2) when I have ever gone farther. Once at my car I drank a bunch of water, ate a banana, some fig newtons and rested for a bit. Then I drove the route until I found where I made the mistake. If I ride it again I will know what to do. I actually think I made the route shorter which if you know me at all I would not do on purpose. Once a goal is set I want to do it, not take short cuts.
I drove over the causeway which is the only road onto the islands. This was shored up again and again during the flood to keep a way open for people to get on and off the island. I drove to the fishing access on the other side and went for a run. My Garmin stopped working (but it had done well on the bike ride) but I had checked the mileage as I was driving. I ran 2 over and turned around to come back. I must admit I started feeling not so great. The heat? Lack of enough water? Lack of enough to eat? All 3? When I got to the other side I met a friend of mine riding her bike. I knew she was heading up to a campground on Grand Isle today so it wasn't a total shock but still not that likely a meet up. She lives in the same town I do and recognized my running style! I didn't talk too long as I really started feeling crummy. Further evidence - I walked the rest of the way to my car! Once there I drank some chocolate milk and headed into Burlington to get my front brake repaired where I had bought the bike.
You can still see evidence of some of the damage.
The picture below shows where the water is now.
It is hard to see the depth. It is much lower
than the road. Hard to imagine
such a huge lake rising so much.
Looking down the Causeway on the way back.
In spite of a not so stellar run, A GREAT DAY!
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