We cycled through the very interesting town of Bennington.
I found an interesting furniture maker who obviously caters for the larger US citizens and makes McFurniture!!!
For some reason,Bennington celebrates the Moose???
And then the 9 mile ascent began with gradients from 4-8%. I definitely did not find it as hard as several weeks ago. At one point, I got off the road as an armada of motorbikes went past. Dan reckons he counted 196 and I think that sounds about right. Here is what the second half looked like.
I had hoped for a big downhill run but the summit undulated a bit before I got that. There was then another climb to the top of Hogback Mountain and at some point during all of that, I managed 44 mph, a new personal best.
There was then some lovely scenery.
A nice old truck for sale.
Some wooden ducks on a roof.
And a painted bear????
Now I know two people here are under age but the word the rest of you are searching for is BEER!!
Today was an interesting reintroduction to climbing hills but we again ahd perfect weather conditions and nice scenery to help us. The roads in Vermont are as bad as anything I have experienced however and hopefully will be better tomorrow.
Mileage - 79
Climbing - 5000 feet
Time in saddle - 7 Hrs 37mins
Average Speed - 10.4 mph