Lakes and Mountains
Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
28Trip End Jul 03, 2009
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Eventually turning onto the mainland we passed through lots more small towns, all getting into their finery for next week's 4th July parades, and onto Waterbury, where a short detour to the Ben and Jerry’s factory was definitely in order! Despite being Vermont’s largest tourist destination there are no signs to it, and just a modest board out front. It’s one of those progressive, creative places to work (a la Google, Apple etc) as there are “Loafing” areas set aside for employees only and has a very relaxed atmosphere.
Further along the US100 is Stowe, Vermont’s best known ski resort, so we popped along for a quick look. It turns out it is also famous(?) as being the town where the Trapp family (of Sound of Music fame) finally settled after WWII. Most North American ski resorts tend to be separate from the actual skiing areas and this was particularly the case for Stowe – the town was strung out over at least 7 miles with only one or two hotels at the bases of gondolas. You have to drive to everything in this country! I emerged from a quick stop at a sports shop with a new pair of skis (half price), and Harry was given a tennis ball by its manager – hard to say which of us was more pleased.
US2 weaved along the valleys in Vermont, one in particular looking exactly like the Wye Valley, down to the stony stream and iron bridge. Finally we crossed yet another iron bridge and found ourselves in New Hampshire, and our stop for the night – Lancaster.
We notched up our 8000th mile today and should hit the Atlantic coast sometime tomorrow afternoon – I’ve got mixed feelings about that as, although there will still be 6 days of holiday to go, the coast to coast challenge will be over.