25 Bicycle Tours in the Lake Champlain Region: Scenic Tours in Vermont, New York, and Quebec

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A guide to the premier cycling destination in New England, a region of outstanding scenery, with lightly traveled, good quality roads, attractive and historic towns and villages, friendly residents, and a range of lodging and dining options.
This book offers rides over the entire Lake Champlain region, from the southern tip of the lake at the birthplace of the U.S. Navy in Whitehall, New York, to its northernmost bay in Quebec, west to Lake Placid and extending east to the ...

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Overview

A guide to the premier cycling destination in New England, a region of outstanding scenery, with lightly traveled, good quality roads, attractive and historic towns and villages, friendly residents, and a range of lodging and dining options.
This book offers rides over the entire Lake Champlain region, from the southern tip of the lake at the birthplace of the U.S. Navy in Whitehall, New York, to its northernmost bay in Quebec, west to Lake Placid and extending east to the charming college town of Middlebury. Charles Hansen, who has been riding and organizing bicycle tours in the area for two decades, has researched and ridden these routes to create a book that will serve all cyclistsfrom the hardcore roadie who wants the challenge of an 82-mile ride through the eastern Adirondacks, to the casual rider or family looking for a scenic and largely flat afternoon outing. Several multiple day-tours are described, including the Lake Placid Weekender that starts from Burlington and provides a highly scenic and satisfying two-day ride for touring cyclists. Route notes are provided for The Grand Tour, a nine-day circumnavigation of the entire lake with a rest day in Montreal, as well as shorter variations on this tour. From 25 Bicycle Tours in the Lake Champlain Region you'll learn much about the rich history of the region as well as find out about tourism organizations, lodging, museums, and attractions along the way. 30 black & white photos, 25 maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881505757
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Series: 25 Bicycle Tours Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 1,390,839
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgments 11
Tours at a Glance 12
Introduction 17
Whitehall and the South Area Tours
1 Whitehall-Fair Haven: Back roads and rolling hills across two states 31
2 Whitehall-Ticonderoga: Hills, history, and a cable ferry 37
Middlebury and the Vermont Southern Tours
3 Middlebury-Brandon: Lake Dunmore, Otter Creek, and rolling farmland 47
4 Middlebury-Vergennes: Adirondack views, lake views, and Morgan horses 55
5 Middlebury-Burlington: Historic college town to Queen City and back 61
Burlington and the Vermont Central Tours
6 Charlotte Loops: Farms, rolling hills, and distant views 75
7 Richmond-Hinesburg: Four-town tango--quiet river valleys and a round church 83
8 Burlington-Essex: The two-ferry, two-state tour 87
St. Albans and the Vermont Northern & Quebec Tours
9 Milton-St. Albans: Back roads, dairy farms, and the lake 97
10 Swanton-Philipsburg: A "taste" of Quebec 103
11 Bedford-Philipsburg: Route de Vin 109
The Lake Champlain Islands Tours
12 South Hero-Grand Isle: Log cabins, tiny castles, split-rail fences, and sublime views 119
13 Isle La Motte: A shrine, very quiet roads, and equatorial reefs 125
14 Gordon Landing-Rouses Point: Blissful lakeside riding in two states (with a Quebec option) 129
Plattsburgh and the New York Northern Tours
15 Champlain-Chazy: Mooers, some cows, apples, and the lake 141
16 Plattsburgh-Dannemora: Into the (foot) hills 147
17 South Plattsburgh-Peru: Apple orchards, pinewoods, and mountain views 155
Essex, Westport, and the New York Central Tours
18 Keeseville-Jay: Ladder loops along the Ausable 165
19 Essex-Whallonsburg: Mountain views, lake views, and ravishing, rolling roads 171
20 Westport Loops: Along the lake and into the hills 177
Ticonderoga and the New York Southern Tours
21 Moriah-North Hudson: Quiet remote roads and a cool finish 187
22 Ticonderoga-Ironville: Some climbing, a little history, and then a descent 191
23 Ticonderoga-Chimney Point: A college, a bridge, and two forts 197
Multiple-Day Tours
24 Burlington-Lake Placid (Keene): The Adirondack Explorer 207
25 Whitehall-Montreal: The Grand Tour 219
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