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Old 07-22-13, 06:00 AM   #1
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White River Junction, VT to Boston

I am looking at riding from White River Junction, VT to Boston on a short self-supported ride in October, and am looking for suggestions on routes as well as an overnight stop or 2. My initial searches on VT & NH cycling haven't turned up much. This is my first trip to the 2 states, and want to see a little bit of each on my limited schedule.

I'd appreciate any and all suggestions that anyone can offer!
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I've never ridden in NH either, but Windsor VT is where the Harpoon brewery is and is 22 miles south of White River. From there, you could follow the route of the B2B ride straight into Boston. http://www.harpoonb2b.com/
(note, I've not done the b2b, but would love to try it one of these years).
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I live in southern VT and have ridden the part of the B2B route that comes through NH/VT. riding Route 12 is the flattest route and pretty wide much of the way but too much traffic for my taste. I totally avoid route 12 between North Walpole and Charlestown NH because there is no shoulder at all. There is a commuter that has used that road daily for fifty years however and survived.

You can skip across the river at Ascutney and take route 5 to Bellows Falls but anything off the B2B route means lots more climbing. The B2B route is a 16 mph average for me and anything else in the area, around 13 mph. Loaded, I can't imagine.

There are lot's of chain hotels in Keene but there is cheap lodging in Ascutney and Bellows Falls at the Yankee and roadway inns. or nicer B&B's along the route.

If you don't mind copious of climbing there is a lot more to see in the area. I would side track to Grafton VT for a night at the Grafton inn (grafton VT) and some "world class" cheddar cheese for my first stop (about 60 miles with 1/3 climbing) then head directly east for breakfast in south Acworth NH (at general store) at around 40 miles and on to Keene for some fun in a college town before getting back to the B2B route. There is a co-op grocery in Springfield VT and another in Keene NH for quality fuel.

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Thanks very much for the suggestions. But due in part to train schedules, my plan now is to ride from Rutland, VT over to Lincoln, NH. I can see there will definitely be some climbing but I will be traveling light.

The route I've planned out follows US 4 with a detour up to Hanover, then NH118 up toward Lincoln. Anyone familiar with these roads?
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Thanks very much for the suggestions. But due in part to train schedules, my plan now is to ride from Rutland, VT over to Lincoln, NH. I can see there will definitely be some climbing but I will be traveling light.

The route I've planned out follows US 4 with a detour up to Hanover, then NH118 up toward Lincoln. Anyone familiar with these roads?
4 is going to be pretty busy through parts of VT. Pretty well travelled road from Rutland to Woodstock.
118 in NH from Canaan up through Dorchester? Pretty country. Nice road, was on it last weekend in the car.
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