Tip van de auteur
- 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.
Tips en hints
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) 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!
(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) 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!
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)
a French-style eatery in the center of town, Café Provence boasts an enticing menu, Al Fresco dining, and locally-sourced options.
Serving up breakfast and lunch until 2pm, Mae’s is known for its classic selection of comfort foods.
Points of Interest:
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.
UitrustingAlways 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.
Basisuitrusting voor fietsen
- Fiets handschoenen
- Stevige, comfortabele en bij voorkeur waterdichte schoenen
- Vochtafvoerende kleding in lagen
- Rugzak (met regenhoes)
- Bescherming tegen zon, regen en wind (hoed, zonnebrandcrème, water- en winddicht jack/paraplu)
- Genoeg proviand en drinkwater
- Mobiele telefoon
- Contant geld
- Navigatieapparatuur / kaart en kompas
- Luchtpomp of CO2-pomp, inclusief patronen
- Vervangende binnenband
- Ketting gereedschap
- Telefoon- / apparaathouder naar behoefte
- In voorkomend geval moet de fiets voldoen aan de eisen voor gebruik op de weg door een bel, voor- en achterlichten en spaakreflectoren te hebben
- Deze uitrustingslijst is niet volledig en dient alleen als suggestie voor wat je mee zou moeten nemen.
- Voor je eigen veiligheid moet je alle instructies over het juiste gebruik en onderhoud van je uitrusting zorgvuldig lezen.
- Zorg ervoor dat de apparatuur die je meeneemt, voldoet aan de plaatselijke wetgeving en geen verboden voorwerpen bevat.