Little Cute State

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Where I stayed
Couchsurfed in Burlington
What I did
Drove across Vermont

Flag of United States  , Vermont
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Miles and Dave went on a trail run but I just ran along the road. I am a bad enough runner anyways that I did not want to make it worse by being on a trail.   aPPARENTLY ABOUT 20 MINutes into their run they saw a big bull moose.  Sure I was jelious, but I would not have been able to run that long anyway.  After my run I ate and showered, then they got back and miles showered then we were off.  We did a trail called the basin which led to a large water flowing pothole area.  Then we went to the old Man of the Mountain Memorial area.  They showed you the area where the face used to be, the one on their state quarter, then they just last month dedicated an area where you can stand and there are profiles that have been recreated so you can see what it would have been like.  We drove throught the notch, and took highway 2 into vermont.  We stopped in Barre for a much needed oil change.  We were close to 3000 miles over.  After a very quick oil change we were headed to Montpelier, the smallest state capital town.  The building itself was very exquisit, but the dome did not have a rotunda.  In fact, the security guard guy compared it to a silo, which we thought was pretty funny.  Next stop was the Ben and Jerrys ice cream place in Waterbury.  This was the place where it all started.  The wait for the next tour was 40 minutes and at the time the weather was very nice so we did not want to wait that long.  we bought a pint of carmel ice cream with carmel swirls and shared that.  I do not want to see ice cream for awhile now, that is for sure! Half way between Waterbury and Burlington it came a major storm.  So that kinda shot our plans to go to Shelburne farms which is an outdoor area.  We spent some time riding out the storm in an info center, then drove into burlington and stopped at a Dankins farms store.  Here they offered free samples of a various assortment of things including cheese, jams, mustards and salsas.  next we walked over to barnes and noble to look at hiking in the adirondacks books.  The weather had cleared up by this point but it was too late to go to any of the outdoor places that closed at 5:00.  We parked the car and rode our bikes along lake champlain for about two miles each way on a trail.  After that we moved the car to a parking garage and walked up and down church street which is a pedistrian street.  I think that this town, the largest in vermont is a college town, and a hippy town.  The music group phish started here.  WE ate dinner out of the cooler then went to the house of the people we would be couchsurfing with.  They were an interesting couple, and we talked with them until about 10:00 before going to bed
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