This past June I was invited to join the biking and beer drinking Tour de Force that is BBTXL. Pronounced Bubba Tixel, this was to be the 5th iteration of Bicycle Beer Time eXtra Large. As a newcomer to the group, it seemed only appropriate to initiate a first on this site by asking my friend Ben (this year’s ride organizer) to be a guest contributor and explain both this incredible tradition and this year’s Bicycle Beer Time eXtra Large: Riding All Up In New England (BBTXL: RAINE, Rainy). He happily agreed, so drink it up…
This weekend, my friend Ben and I set out for the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for two days of what can only be described as bikepacking and riding bliss. The plan was simple, centering around riding sections of the 240 year old Bayley-Hazen Military Road (BHMR) and connecting as many breweries, jeep, remote gravel, and class four roads as possible.
Much has been written about bikepacking the infamous White Rim trail, with great resources to be found on bikepacking.com as well as many other sites! Suffice it to say, I am not going to attempt to restate the wealth of information contained within those many great route descriptions. Rather, what follows are pictures from my overnight solo bikepacking trip along the White Rim at the end of March.
Approximately 5 hours northeast of Boston (depending on traffic…) lies a natural paradise well known for its incredible hikes, beautiful Atlantic coastline, and lobstah bisque. We are of course talking about Acadia National Park and the neighboring communities on Mount Desert Island. Perhaps lesser known, or easier to overlook for the cyclist in search of their next outing, are its 45 miles of car-free gravel carriage roads.
This past weekend my friend Jonathan and I set out of Boston for a weekend of bikepacking in Vermont. I had been eyeing the Green Mountains for some time, and after a trip to REI where I picked up some National Geographic maps of the region, one of the places that stood out immediately was the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area east of Middlebury, Vermont.