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Old 04-11-16, 08:24 PM
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Green Mountain or Adirondack Park Loop?

I've done a couple of small tours recently (Ohio and the GAP/C&0) but this year I'm considering one from the Adventure Cycling Association. Has anyone ridden the Green Mountain Loop or the Adirondack Park Loop? I plan on ordering one or both of the maps from their sites as well. Looking for any suggestions!

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In 2010 I did much of the Green Mountains when they ran it as a supported tour. Nice loop, and Burlington is a fun town. The east slope of Rochester Gap was brutal. Middlebury was easier, but still a bear close to the top. I had originally been looking at doing it self contained. I remember that there were some sections where I would have had to carry groceries for a while because of the lack of services near some campgrounds. The east alternative or whatever it's called on the map takes you through an area that is picture book Vermont. Lake Carmi S.P. and especially Brighton S.P. were nice. We also camped at Button Bay, which is on the lake but off route a bit east of Vergennes. The grass was so nice it was like camping on a golf course. We also stayed at Silver Lake S.P., which is also off route. One interesting thing about some of the places we rode through was seeing the influence of "New York money." We'd sometimes see a restored old house with an Range Rover in the driveway right next to an occupied trailer home with junk in the front yard and plastic sheeting subbing for window glass.

I rode through the Adirondacks while crossing the country. The thing there is that the area can get very crowded on the weekends, with many state parks filling up.
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I have the GM Loop map set and have ridden many of the roads. The route chosen is nice and there are many services along the way. You could easily modify the route to make it shorter or longer based on your time available. While I haven't ridden the Adk loop, I've spent a lot of time in the Adk's hiking and canoeing. The route thru the Adk is more remote then the GM Loop, longer distances between villages. I would also say that the roads in the Adk tend to be in better shape then Vermont roads. Either would make a nice loop, the GM Loop covers some nice remote area in the Northeast Kingdom and then heads south where there are more small villages. I think you'll meet more cyclists in Vermont as we are a popular cycling area.
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Another possibility is to combine NY and Vt into a ride around Lake Champlain. The riding around the lake is flatter (note I didn't say flat) then riding thru the mtns of the Adks or Greens. Nice views, parks, campgrounds, and many places to eat :-)

Lake Champlain Bikeways :: Vermont, New York, and Québec in one bicycling adventure
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I did the Green Mountain tour last September on a tandem with my wife. It's a great route. We modified it slightly by taking the Champlain Valley bike Island Line and bike ferry up to South Hero on Grand isle. Let me know if you'd like our route. We also started in Fairlee instead of Burlington since it was easier for us to drive there.
Our only difficulty was Rochester Gap east to west, it was the hottest day of the year, high 90s, we made it but it was the most difficult climb either of us ever had on a bike. It was also the first time either of us ever had to stop on a climb. We probably should have taken the alternate around it. After Rochester Middlebury gap was easy the next morning.

We rode about 50-55 miles per day, staying in hotels and B&Bs.
We liked it so much we are going back to Vermont this September.

I haven't ridden the ADK route but I have ridden many of the roads. It's a little different than VT, busier roads when I've ridden there, and not as many small towns. Still is was beautiful riding.
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