Silly library keyboard... I know there's one "m" in Vermont.
I thought I'd check in time to time......
Well, we made it to Richford, Vermont (via Toronto,
Montral & Burlington by car). The ride from Burlington to
Burton Island was nice, but we had a late start,
imagine that. However, it was not our fault. Quebec
is awful with detour directions... and we had a
Montreal native showing us the way! By time we got to
Burlington, our small motel where we had reservations
sort of closed. Well, the manager was there... with
some friends... who were clearly drunk. So then we
had to find a place with a vacancy for under $100.
Now that was a bigger challenge than one would expect,
but apparetly this weekend was a Quebec holiday, so
they all come storming across the border. I wish you
could hear my impression of them saying "holeiday" and
"boyooder" because yeah, I'm all "aboot" that.
So to get to Burton Island requires a ferry trip.
About 15 minutes to the last ferry, we figured we were
about 20-30 minutes away. We stopped and asked a nice
older couple for a ride via their pickup to the dock,
and they kindly obliged. So it turns out the
concessions on the island close at 6:30 too... about
10 minutes before the ferry gets there. No worries,
the park ranger was having a BBQ for the staff and
invited us over. So we sat on the ferry dock on Lake
Champlain drinking water and eating some snacks before
showering and heading over to the ranger's house.
From Burton Island to Lake Carmi was a fairly easy
day, though dinner was another challenge again. No
real close by place along the way to get food, so we
sweet talked a park worker into giving us a ride from
our campsite down along the lake to the top of the
entrance after we unloaded our bicycles. Then it was
just three miles to the general store where we were
able to get some filling subs.
We went to sleep, only to hear sprinkles hitting the
tent after midnight. It's pretty much rained
(lightly... I guess...) since then. Took the tent
down in the rain, rode to the library here in Richford
in the rain, and it looks like we'll be back out in
the rain sooner than later since I'm hogging the
computer and Kristen's finished with it for her summer
school class too.
The bummer is tonight's campground had a par 3 course
and I was looking forward to a little something
different to do... not that pedaling, taking photos
and stopping now and again to relax isn't fun!
PS My wife's begging to not go back outside. Someone
send us some sun! She's awful picky, today I asked
what's best, 70 and rain or 105 and dry as a bone in
Moab. She didn't like either choice.