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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Island Line Trail - Vermont

I rode from Winooski down to the Burlington waterfront and jumped on the Island Line trail.

From Local Motion website -

Description:
Hop on the spectacular 12-mile trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises through Burlington's waterfront and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake! Public beaches, natural areas, and scenic vistas abound.
Come explore Vermont's most popular multi-use trail. Stop into ECHO, the museum of Lake Champlain. Have a picnic lunch at the Mayes Landing picnic areaat the base of the bridge or out on the causeway. Go for a swim. Bicycling, running, walking and inline skating are all popular trail activities.

I headed north on the trail and rode to the northernmost terminus which at this point of the year is the break in the causeway. In the summer a boat will transport people across the break to continue on to South Hero island. I missed the turn heading into Colchester Park and rode north into other little towns before realizing I was on a different trail. As I turned south the headwind of 15-20mph added a little challenge, but it was a good ride overall. Rode 33 miles and averaged 15.8mph.



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