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Old 10-04-16, 09:47 AM
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Burlington VT - Island Line Trail

what a nice time we had. I had no idea how pretty Lake Champlain was. went to visit daughter at school & since we had heard so much of this trail we were determined to try it this year. 16 miles round trip for us that day but there's so much more to ride. borrowed son's Trek FX cuz my road bike was having an issue back home, but it was good luck because a big chunk of what we rode was hard packed dirt/gravel. the part we rode goes out along a breakwater, which has a break in it to allow boaters to cross. consequently bikes need to use a small ferry! I wonder what the deal was when the train used the tracks! it was family weekend so we saw other parents riding with their daughters. kinda funny actually.

the lake house (an air BnB) was hard to take too ... ;-)

hmmm, wutz up w photobucket?

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I rode that path last month. It's fine with road bikes, the crushed stone path is smooth.

It was scenic and quite unusual to be riding 7 miles across a lake. The railroad had a swing bridge at the gap, but that was torn down long ago. Swing bridges turn 90 degrees on a central pivot to allow boats to pass through.






When I was reviewing our planned routes on the Strava Heat Map, the little fuzzy spot in the middle of the path confused me. That's the bike ferry, and they loop out into the lake, instead of heading directly across. See the yellow highlighter circle on the map.

The big car ferry from NY to S Hero Island is the other circled spot.

(The Heat Map shows popular biking roads from a year's worth of GPS recordings uploaded to strava.com. The most commonly ridden roads are in red.)
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[QUOTE=rm -rf;19101122(The Heat Map shows popular biking roads from a year's worth of GPS recordings uploaded to strava.com. The most commonly ridden roads are in red.)[/QUOTE]

very cool, why do they call it a heat map?
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We ride it every time we visit my daughter in Burlington. Don't forget there are also some great roads on South Hero to explore. And Snow Farm Winery is a nice place to take a break. And there is a little place (sorry I forget the name) that makes 'The Worlds Best Maple Creamies', which are outstanding. Get the child size, they are very rich.
The other islands also have some good riding, as does the other shore south of Plattsburgh.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
the part we rode goes out along a breakwater, which has a break in it to allow boaters to cross. consequently bikes need to use a small ferry! I wonder what the deal was when the train used the tracks!

There was a swing bridge:


https://www.champlainbikeways.org/doc...ap%20Final.pdf


From near the top of the old map in the link above:


FUTURE FERRY LINK








"A dismantled turnstile bridge left a


200-foot gap in the causeway. Help


Local Motion launch regular ferry


service across the gap by filling out


the form below. Most years demonstration


ferry service operates on


August weekends."




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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
very cool, why do they call it a heat map?
It's kind of a technical term for showing value or intensity with colors. Either on a map or on other pages of data.

For example, the Dark Skies maps of light pollution. Where are good locations for night sky viewing?



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Or, one I hadn't seen before I just googled: Sightsmap.com, showing global locations with the most uploaded Panoramio photos. A lot of the photos are of scenic views, so those locations are the brightest.




Zoomed way in, to downtown Cincinnati Ohio. The most picturesque spots really show up.
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Originally Posted by leob1
We ride it every time we visit my daughter in Burlington. Don't forget there are also some great roads on South Hero to explore. And Snow Farm Winery is a nice place to take a break. And there is a little place (sorry I forget the name) that makes 'The Worlds Best Maple Creamies', which are outstanding. Get the child size, they are very rich.
The other islands also have some good riding, as does the other shore south of Plattsburgh.
The view from Plattsburgh NY, to the islands and across to the Vermont mountains.

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Originally Posted by leob1
We ride it every time we visit my daughter in Burlington. Don't forget there are also some great roads on South Hero to explore. And Snow Farm Winery is a nice place to take a break. And there is a little place (sorry I forget the name) that makes 'The Worlds Best Maple Creamies', which are outstanding. Get the child size, they are very rich.
The other islands also have some good riding, as does the other shore south of Plattsburgh.
cool. funny I saw a small sign that said entering South Hero while we were still on the causeway. We have to go back, make the crossing & continue on and explore. At the Farmers' market I spoke to a B&B owner who said they have a place on the island. Sounds romantic but a hassle to visit daughter at school. We like staying at hotels right downtown and having her stay with us for a cpl days. we get more time with her that way. the air BnB was very nice but we missed having more time with her.
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thanks! love it! also like the aerial sunset photo!
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Originally Posted by rm -rf
It's kind of a technical term for showing value or intensity with colors. Either on a map or on other pages of data.Zoomed way in, to downtown Cincinnati Ohio. The most picturesque spots really show up.
wow, all kinds!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
thanks! love it! also like the aerial sunset photo!

No problem. I work in the rail industry so I was curious. Intuition told me there some sort of draw bridge there, but it actually required more effort than I thought it would to confirm that. A lot written about "the gap" and the ferry service, but not much on what filled in the gap when the railroad existed.


Back in 2010 I did Adventure Cycling's Cycle Vermont tour. We started and ended in Burlington and rode north along the lake the first day. I am considering going back up there this summer to tour.
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BTW - impressed with restroom availability, like at North Beach & the old 1 room schoolhouse/ball fields (just before the causeway) which has a bike rack in the shape of "Champy"

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BTW met the owner of this B&B on South Hero, looks very nice
Crescent Bay Farm Bed & Breakfast | on the shore of Lake Champlain, in South Hero, Vermont

Directions - From Burlington via Bike Ferry Island Line Trail – Follow the Island Line Recreation Path from Burlington across the Mallets Bay Causeway. On the South Hero side continue to Martin Rd. Turn right at Martin Road and then left onto South Street. At West Shore Rd. turn left and continue past White’s Beach and Lake View Rd. Just after the sharp curve you will see Crescent Bay B&B. Biking time from Burlington about an hour.
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West Shore Rd. is a ride worth taking if only to see the birdhouse forest. The pictures don't do it justice, you'll have to go look.

South Hero Bird House Forest - Lake Champlain Life
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new section has opened south of where we rode

Burlington opens brand-new bike path section - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

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Phase 2 is now complete, but officials say there are still a few spots that still need improvements.

Burlington Bike Path phase 2 mostly complete
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
BTW - impressed with restroom availability, like at North Beach & the old 1 room schoolhouse/ball fields (just before the causeway) which has a bike rack in the shape of "Champy"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfzAGsVvyfE
Giant pike (Most Likely) or an Oarfish.
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uh oh, the causeway is closed for repairs!

Repair work underway on Colchester Causeway
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6/5/18 edit found some of the pics!



beautiful views. some of this bridge disappeared when I stitched this pano together


the causeway. very interesting. lined with pure white limestone? came across some old RR wheels. can be very windy & colder since you're so exposed, bring a wind breaker!


the bike ferry at the other side. we chose to turn around instead of going further






the bike ferry at the crossing


South Beach, near campsites


walked out on the hard mud & found this egg sack? on a tree stump


our Air BnB

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They announced today it will reopen in early July.
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Originally Posted by Greenhil
They announced today it will reopen in early July.
Did it? I'm thinking about heading up there with my wife in a couple of weeks (August 2018).
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
Did it? I'm thinking about heading up there with my wife in a couple of weeks (August 2018).
appears so! 6/29/18 Ribbon cutting marks reopening of Colchester Causeway and bike ferry
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
Did it? I'm thinking about heading up there with my wife in a couple of weeks (August 2018).
Yep. Opened right before July 4.
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I spent two nights in Burlington back at the beginning of June during a tour from St. Albans to Philly. As a cyclist and a railroad guy, I was most disappointed to find the causeway closed.
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got back long enough for a cpl Creemees. hope I ride a bike on this trail again sometime

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