Friends Abby, Susan and I spent last weekend riding on the Lake Champlain Islands. For readers unfamiliar with Lake Champlain, it is located on the Vermont side of the border with New York, with bays north into Canada, and is large enough to remind visitors of the Great Lakes, or of a small sea. Though actually it isn't nearly that large, it is a very lot of water. The southernmost island is linked by a Causeway (with a gap to permit boat traffic to pass) to the mainland and to Burlington, a major city. We rode there one day. A ferry, holding 18 bikes, makes the 5-minute journey back and forth across the gap all day long during the busy season.
These images are all from that day's ride of about 60 miles, with virtually no climbing. Although there were short sections on Route 2, the island's only highway, traffic was never bothersome. Road surfaces were generally excellent and there were plenty of places to buy food. We ate lunch in Burlington before riding back to North Hero.
I was taken with the textures ... of barns and birds, water and sails, the gravel Causeway surface and the marble that built it.
|Only a few of these old silos remain, made obsolescent by the modern blue variety|
|That evocative texture of an untended barn|
|Maple syrup buckets serving as flower pots. The roads almost always this flat.|
|Grey-blue: great blue heron, dock, water|
|The Causeway, an old railroad bed, leading to the mainland|
|Quarried stone and rusting wheel, linked by spider web|