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Middlebury to Brandon

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  • Tree-lined corridor on East Street
    / Tree-lined corridor on East Street
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  • / Hathorne School
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  • / Leicester Church
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  • / Leicester Station Bridge
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  • / Mountain Views Along the Way
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  • / Classic Vermont Farmhouse
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Leaving the scholarly and stately buildings of Middlebury behind, you’ll return to the fertile shores of Lake Champlain before heading south to finish in Brandon, the “Art & Soul” village of Vermont.
Distance 65,6 km
4:30 h.
515 m
512 m
167 m
34 m
Depart Middlebury today, leaving behind the stately stone buildings of the College, a hallmark of New England Liberal Arts college campuses, and head south for Brandon.  Wave goodbye to views of the Green Mountains for a short time and return to the rolling hills and picturesque farms that dapple many an artist’s Vermont landscape.  Roll along route 125 and through tiny, named towns, all founded in the late 1700s. Pedal west toward Lake Champlain, keeping a lookout for Vermont landmarks, such as the recently restored Hathorne School, founded in 1854 as a one-room schoolhouse. When you rejoin the lakeshore (via aptly named Lake Road), look across to the layered landscapes that make up the Adirondack mountain range.  Follow Lake Road as it becomes unpaved for about four miles, before turning away from the lake and heading through apple orchards towards the inland towns of Shoreham and Whiting.  As you ride back inland, count the gorgeous, historic churches you pass, and you’ll understand why New England colonial tours often feature these buildings so prominently.  As you ride out of Whiting and into Brandon, you can’t help but be struck by the quaint, brick facades of Main Street, where you’ll find delicious ways to indulge the appetite you’ve been building along the way.

Note de l'auteur

Locations to stop for water or food are scarce after nine miles, so pack accordingly.  Lake Road becomes unpaved for four miles at 18.9 miles; ride cautiously.
Niveau physique
Point le plus élevé
167 m
Point le plus bas
34 m
Meilleure période pour cette activité

Consignes de sécurité

  • There is a four mile section of unpaved road on this route.  Use caution when riding, especially in areas where there may be loose gravel or dirt.  Watch for potholes created by frost heaves or heavy rain.
  • In the summer of 2018, there was significant construction to re-route traffic entering Brandon on Route 7. Follow all traffic instructions, and ride cautiously as the road becomes unpaved in some areas.
  • You will be most visible when wearing high-visibility clothing, such as a neon cycling vest.
  • Please keep both hands on the bike at all times.
  • Always wear your helmet when riding.
  • Take care when approaching railroad tracks. Consider stopping to walk your bike across the tracks. Some track crossings note that trains do not blow their whistle as they cross. There are railroad tracks at mile 34.4.
  • Always ensure you carry enough water, especially as there are stretches where water is less-readily available.
  • Painted lines on the road become slippery when they are wet.
  • Obey traffic laws in all areas. This means riding on the right-hand side of the road, and braking at all stop signs and stop lights.
  • Carefully monitor the condition of the shoulder as debris may appear after accidents, rain, or wind.
  • Use verbal and non-verbal commands to let others you may be riding with and vehicles know when you intend to stop, slow down, or turn.
  • Control your speed on all descents.

Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires

Food & Drink

*there are limited options for food and drink between mile nine and entering Brandon. Carry plenty of extra water with you, and consider a stop at one of Middlebury’s fine Delis on your way out to pack lunch for the road.

Middlebury Bagel

(Middlebury) Serving up bagels and bagel sandwiches, this is one of the top picks of Middlebury College students, so you know it has to be good!

Noonie’s Deli

(Middlebury) Fresh, homemade bread should be enough to bring you in the door. Stay for the outstanding variety and location in the historic Marbleworks!

 Middlebury Co-op

(Middlebury) Build yourself a locally-sourced picnic or enjoy a taste from the ready-made café case along the side wall of the store.  If you’re a granola fan, don’t miss the bulk granola selection! 

Pratt’s Store

With a full deli counter and cold drinks, how could you go wrong? Add in spectacular views of the Adirondacks in front of you, and this gas station/ deli just might be what you’re looking for.  It is also the ONLY food and water stop along the route today.

Shoreham Mobile Station:

**Off-Route** Continue straight on 74 instead of taking a right onto School Street. At the intersection with 22A, go left, and in .4 miles the Mobile Station is on your Right.  To re-join the route, go back the way you came on 22A, and turn left on Richville Road (.9 miles from Mobile)

 Café Provence

a French-style eatery in the center of town, Café Provence boasts an enticing menu, Al Fresco dining, and locally-sourced options.

Mae’s Place

Serving up breakfast and lunch until 2pm, Mae’s is known for its classic selection of comfort foods. 


Points of Interest:

Hathorne School

A school built back in the 1860s, this recently-restored one-room school house was the central school for the Bridgeport area. Students would attend class until they learned to read and write, which was typical of the time period. This meant that students of all ages filled the classroom at Hathorne.  For some period, the school was called Hawthorne because the teacher’s handwriting was misinterpreted, but the original name, “Hathorne” was restored as it was renovated.

Railroad Bridge at Leicester Junction:

Leicester Junction is a small village, created because of its proximity to Whiting and Leicester for the Rutland & Burlington railroad line.  The Station itself, in Leicester Junction, is called Whiting Station because of the town’s higher population.  In 1863, a post office was opened in Leicester Junction, that was also called Whiting Station. In 1872, when a Whiting Station was built just south of the village of whiting, all of the former were renamed with Leicester Junction.  The railroad bridge in the junction crosses the Otter Creek.


Inn on the Green, Middlebury (121 m)
44.013048, -73.166272
44°00'47.0"N 73°09'58.6"W
18T 646986 4874956


Lilac Inn, Brandon


0.00 Miles - TURN RIGHT exiting the driveway of the Inn and head towards the statue. TURN RIGHT when you hit court street (7N), and follow the traffic pattern to get to 30 South. Keep the park to your left as you wind down the hill and follow 30 South to BEAR LEFT toward the college. There should be a white church on your right shortly after you leave 7 South. 

0.30 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON as 30 South takes you across a bridge toward a row of brick stone commercial buildings.

0.47 Miles - BEAR RIGHT as you enter the traffic circle to get on route 125 West.  This will take you through the center of Middlebury Campus.  30 South splits from 125 West, so be careful to get on 125.

0.76 Miles - BEAR RIGHT to continue on 125 West. The Church of the Assumption will be on your right, and a sign announcing Middlebury College will be on your left. You are headed uphill.

2.70 Miles - BEAR LEFT at the intersection with Lemon Fair Road.  There will be a yellow farmhouse on your right, and as you make the turn, you will see a sign indicating a descent.  Control your speed on this descent.

3.50 Miles -  Continue STRAIGHT ON, taking care on the descent as the shoulder narrows and then disappears.

3.90 Miles - BEAR RIGHT at the intersection with Hambin Road to continue on 125 W.

5.20 Miles - BEAR RIGHT at the intersection with West Street to continue on 125 W and cross over a small bridge.

5.40 Miles - BEAR  LEFT at the junction with Snake Mountain Road to continue uphill on Route 125.

6.30 Miles - BEAR LEFT  at the junction with Market Road to continue on Route 125, downhill.

7.50 Miles - TURN RIGHT onto East Street. You'll enter a tree-lined corridor that takes you off Route 125 for the first time in miles.

7.90 Miles - TURN LEFT at the first four-way intersection onto Market Road. You'll begin an uphill climb.

9.00 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON through the light, and across 22A to re-join 125 (Market Road disappears).  Pratt's Store is the ONLY on-route bathroom, snacks, drink stop for today.

10.80 Miles - BEAR RIGHT at the intersection with West Market Road to stay on Route 125 West

12.50 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON as you bass the Hathorne School on your left

13.00 Miles - TURN LEFT onto Lake Road. You will see a sign that shows the legal vehicle weight (24k lbs) on your right after you make this turn.

15.40 Miles - BEAR RIGHT at the intersection with Middle Road to continue on Lake Street. You will see Champlain Bikeway signs pointing you in the correct direction.

17.00 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the intersection with Crown Point Road to continue following Champlain Bikeway signs.  There should be a small brick house to your right as you continue on.

18.90 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction with Torrey Lane as the road becomes unpaved. This flat-packed dirt is comfortable to ride on, but use caution and pay attention to unexpected divots.

19.20 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the top of the hill through the intersection to remain on Lake Road

22.80 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON up hill at the intersection as the road once again becomes paved. Take note of the 360-degree view of apple orchards as you leave the lake for good.

24.60 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the top of the hill and through the stop sign. DO NOT follow bikeway signs to the right.

24.70 Miles - TURN RIGHT onto School Street keeping the Shoreham Congregational Church to your right and the Shoreham Town Office to your right.

25.10 Miles - TURN LEFT onto an unsigned road to head down hill. You will see a red barn to your right and within a tenth of a mile, there will be a small cemetery on you right.

25.40 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the stop sign to cross 22A. As you cross, there will be a red barn with two grain silos on your right. You are crossing onto Richville Road.

28.70 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction between Richville Road and an unnamed road.

31.50 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the intersection with route 30. You are now on Leicester-Whiting Road. There is a US Post office on your right.

32.30 Miles - BEAR RIGHT at the junction with Crosby Road to continue on Leicester-Whiting Road.

34.40 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the railroad tracks. *Take care crossing the tracks. You may choose to dismount and walk your bike across.

35.50 Miles - TURN RIGHT at the t-intersection and follow the signs for Brandon.

37.80 Miles - BEAR LEFT as Hollow Road enters from the Right. You are headed slightly uphill.

38.90 Miles - TURN RIGHT at the stop sign onto Route 7 South.  Take care when riding on 7 South as it is a main thoroughfare.

40.10 Miles - BEAR LEFT to stay on Route 7 South/ Route 73 toward the public library.

40.50 Miles - BEAR LEFT then BEAR LEFT again to remain on route 73 (Park Street). The public library will be on your right as you enter park street.

40.80 Miles - TURN RIGHT into the parking lot for the Lilac Inn.


Toutes les notes sur les zones naturelles


44.013048, -73.166272
44°00'47.0"N 73°09'58.6"W
18T 646986 4874956
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Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer. Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge for any navigation unit and/or mobile phone you are using.

Équipement de base pour le VTC

  • Casque de vélo
  • Gants de vélo
  • Chaussures robustes, confortables et de préférence étanches
  • Couches de vêtements contre l'humidité
  • Sac à dos (avec protection pour la pluie)
  • Protection contre le soleil, la pluie et le vent (chapeau, crème solaire, parapluie, veste imperméable et coupe-vent)
  • Lunettes de soleil
  • Beaucoup d'eau potable et de collations
  • Téléphone portable
  • Argent liquide
  • Équipement de navigation : carte et boussole

Équipement technique pour le VTC

  • Pompe à air ou pompe avec cartouches CO2
  • Kit de réparation anti-crevaison
  • Chambre à air de rechange
  • Démonte-pneus
  • Dérive chaîne
  • Clé hexagonale
  • Téléphone / Support pour appareil
  • Cadenas selon les besoins
  • Quand cela est nécessaire, le vélo doit être équipé d'une sonnette, de feux avant et arrière et des réflecteurs pour rayons
  • Ces listes d'équipement ne sont pas exhaustives et servent uniquement de suggestion pour cette activité.
  • Pour votre sécurité, nous vous invitons à lire attentivement les instructions d'utilisation et d'entretien de votre équipement.
  • Veuillez vous assurer que l'équipement dont vous disposez est conforme à la réglementation en vigueur.

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