Touring - Vermont Rt. 30
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06-17-05, 09:02 PM
Thinking of crossing southern Vermont on Route 30 from Brattlebory to Granville, NY this summer. Can anyone give me a sense of the traffic and road conditions? How busy does the traffic get in the vicinity of Jamaica and between Manchester and Granville? Does it have decent enough shoulders? Any really bad climbs?
I live in Bennington, VT and spend lots of time in Brattleboro riding the area. We are heading there now actually.
Here is a little rundown of the route to Granville you are looking at. All of it is quite beautiful and I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Brattleboro to Newfane is flat with a wide shoulder.
Newfane to Jamaica is fairly flat with a decent shoulder. Light traffic.
Jamaica to Bromley is a long steady climb with short steep sections. The shoulder here is not generous but there is light traffic.
Bromley to Manchester is all downhill but the traffic is more steady. The shoulder is okay but is more narrow as you get closer to Manchester. BEWARE the outlet stores in Manchester = lots of traffic!
Manchester to Granville is fairly (mostly) flat with ice views of the surrounding mountains. The shoulder is pretty good until you hit the small towns. Traffic is generally light.
At the jct of Rtes 30 & 149 bear left onto 149 for a few easy miles into Granville.
Enjoy your trip!
06-19-05, 12:46 PM
Hey we'll be somewhere in VT, starting from Burlington on July the 7th. Keep an eye out for us and say hello. We do little to no route planning so you may see us just about anywhere. ;)
Here's the link to our journals where you can find that tour and follow our progress.
Our Journals (http://miles2go.crazyguyonabike.com/)
06-20-05, 08:23 PM
The wife and I just did the Green Mountain Loop (or most of it) We took a few detours to follow the railways and abandoned rail beds. As we are both also train geeks as well. If you get a chance ride the rail bed from ST. Albans to Richford VT. 26 miles of farms, wildflowers and songbirds. It can be ridden with any type of bike as the surface is a fine crushed limestone, we rode our fully loaded LWB recumbent tandem on it with out any problems.
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