Day two in Burlington was rainy. Kirk was at his conference, and I was left to my own devices. I was ready for an adventure, but all I have to show for the day is some inadequate pictures of the islands up north and the (world’s?) tallest filing cabinet:
Luckily, Saturday was beautiful. Finally felt like summer (though I’m not a fan of the heat, so mixed feelings on that). Kirk agreed to do the one thing I had my heart set on: bike the Island Line Trail. We rented bikes from Local Motion, right at mile 2 on the path downtown and set out to do the 14-mile trek along Burlington’s waterfront, out into Champlain, and up to South Hero Island.
It was an incredible experience (though I won’t lie–there are LOTS of people on the path). The views of the lake and the Adirondacks are fantastic. There are plenty of stopping points along the way to rest, enjoy the view, and collect yourself. In Colchester, we stopped at a smoothie stand next to a little league baseball game tied at 11-11.
But the crème de la crème of the path is the Colchester Causeway. The old rail trail heads right out into Lake Champlain. For three or so miles, water surrounds both sides of the path. The Adirondacks loom high on one side, and Mt Mansfield and Camel’s Hump on the other.
Yeah, yeah, don’t mind the weird fractional people in the pano. I wanted to make the point of how awesome the path is. And here is an aerial shot from the Colchester town website:
At the very end of the trail is a ferry to take you the last 200′ to the beginning of the islands. We sat at the edge of the gap, talked to other riders, and enjoyed the view, but decided we had gone far enough. Because I don’t know who designed modern bike seats, but they absolutely did not have my ass in mind. And after 22 miles, my ass will be hurting for days to come.