Good morning everyone!
Nothing like a good steep hill to get your blood pumping first thing in the morning, and boy do we have one in store for the riders today- Crawford’s Notch. Now, the name “Notch” makes one think of nice, generally pretty flat pass between two mountains- in the case of Crawford’s, it’s a steep, hilly climb for about 13 miles, until you hit “The headwall” for the last 2, with the final 1/4 mile as close to 45 degrees as you can imagine someone intentionally making a road. At the top, is a great little pond that looks like it should be on a postcard, then the screaming downhills that continue all the way to The Mt Washington Hotel- Speeds of 50 MPH and higher will be possible for those with a thirst for adventure and a dislike of their brake levers.
Todays route leads us into Vermont, to the state capital of Montpelier, and to the Capital Plaza Hotel- The hotel used by Vermont’s Senators while in session. NICE place, just about a block from the State House.
So, the riders have about a 30 minute head start, the truck is mostly loaded, and now it’s time to fuel up, stock up, and chase them down.
Keep the wind at your back, and the downhills in front of you