Kate and Bill's Vermont Trip, July 2006

Saturday we drove the trailered bikes from Jackson to Middlebury, all the way in the rain. Its a long, boring slog even in nice weather, so I don't regret trailering to VT one bit.

We stayed Saturday night with friends in Middlebury, unpacked the bikes Sun AM in the rain, rode in light rain to Burlington, and met up with Glenn and Janet. The four of us rode in intermittent to occasionally heavy rain to Rangeley, Maine. Took the famous Route 17 over a Vt mountain pass -- nice twisties, and we stopped at the top for a photo-op. The Inn in Rangeley was lovely, lakeside, with canoes available for rent. Rangeley has a sign (for a defunct restaurant, actually) that states that it is half way from the Equator to the North Pole - 3107 miles each way, if memory serves. Dinner at a Thai place that was a short walk from the Inn.

Monday's weather was much better, we only hit one short but heavy shower on the way from Rangeley to Quebec. Nice two lane roads all the way up.

Checked into hotel in Quebec, parked bikes in municipal underground lot, walked around old city etc. The hotel desk clerk (possibly the most talkative man in the Northern Hemisphere) told us that motorcycles were banned from old-city Quebec, though it isn't posted, except for one subtle sign at the entrance to the city wall that indicates that motorcycles could/should turn left there.

The underground lot had a sign that had something to do with motorcycles, but since it was in French, like ALL the signs in the entire province, we had no idea what it meant. This includes Kate, who speaks enough French to get by in restaurants and shops. It also had an unfathomable interface on a box to get a time-stamped parking ticket, which we were only able to get to produce one ticket, so the other three of us just rode around the gate.

I understand that the Quebec government wants to prevent the French language from disappearing, but really, when 90% of your tourists speak English (coming from either the rest of Canada, or from the US), WOULD IT REALLY HURT THAT MUCH to put IMPORTANT SIGNS in French AND ENGLISH? I decided that since it was absurd to expect tourists to be fumbling with a French-English dictionary, trying to translate parking garage signs and road signs WHILST DRIVING, that if it was written in French, it couldn't be very important, since they obviously don't expect the tourists to read it.

Once back from the parking adventure, we walked around the old city, watching buskers, jugglers, magicians, painters and caricaturists trying to make a living from the throngs of tourists. We eventually had dinner at a Moroccan restaurant.

Monday night, we had heavy rains, and the forcast was for overcast with intermittent rain. Tuesday morning was indeed overcast with intermittent rain, so after getting the bikes from the garage (involving riding around the barrier again, too much like work to try to figure out how to pay the bill, plus the hotel didn't have the means for us to pay for parking) we packed up and left Quebec.

We rode south on interstate highways (mostly) out from under the rain back to Vermont. We hit one small rain squall just north of the US border, and then a bigger storm (with lightning!) as we entered Burlington. We came into Burlington via the Hero Islands, a nice ride except for the high winds (from the thunderstorm) trying to blow us off the causeway at the end.

The rest of the trip, we stayed at the Days Inn in Shelburne VT, just 10 min south of Burlington. Wednesday, we rode up to northeast VT to the museum of the Bread and Puppet Theatre, which is a political-activist theatre troupe who make large puppets with paper mache and cloth. The "museum" is a huge old barn on a farm in Vt, just stuffed with various of the puppets from past performances. I took a few pictures that you'll find links to below.

We spent all day riding there and back, and only had one brief rain shower that we rode through without stopping to "batten down the hatches" of our rain gear. Otherwise, weather was great, except that it got quite warm towards the end of the day. Got back to the hotel about 5-ish, spent a little time out at the pool, and then went to dinner (again) at the Italian place across the street from the motel.

Thursday morning, we rode the three miles south to the Shelburne Museum, then spent most of the day there looking at stuff. Below find piccies of a small part of an amazing collection.

Glenn and Janet in front of Rangeley Inn, Maine.
Bill and Kate in front of Rangeley Inn, Maine.
Kate, Bill, Glen with Biker memorial in New Hampster
Glenn's and Janet's bikes with Biker memorial in New Hampster
Janet, Bill, Kate with Biker memorial in New Hampster
Biker memorial in New Hampster
Glenn, Bill, and the bikes in front of Quebec hotel
Glenn in front of our Inn in Quebec
Bill and Kate and Glenn in front of our Inn in Quebec
View down the funicular tracks in old city Quebec
View from the funicular in old city Quebec
Janet at the cafe in Quebec
Bill at the cafe in Quebec
Kate and Bill in Quebec cafe
Fabulous Quebec mural
Janet and the Quebec mural
Another view of the Quebec mural, from park on the hilltop
Bill, Glenn, Kate with Chateau Frontenac looming over us.
View from Glenn and Janet's balcony in Terrasse
Glenn and Bill trying out new personalities.
Glenn, Kate, Bill in old city
Glenn, Kate in old city
Glenn in old city. I think he smells beer.
Janet in old city
view of old city
Street scene in Quebec old city
Street scene in Quebec old city
Street scene in Quebec old city
The front of our Inn in Quebec, US Consulate is next building to right.
The front of our Inn in Quebec, dwarfed by the massive Chateau Frontenac
Glenn and bikes in front of our Inn in Quebec
Janet waiting for her umbrella, prior to doing her rendition of "Singing in the Rain" in Front of our Inn in Quebec
Janet and Bill on some Armco at the top of Rt 17 pass
Kate and Bill on some Armco at the top of Rt 17 pass
Kate, Glenn, Bill at Rt 17 pass.
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
garbage men and custodians at the Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Founding Fathers at Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Janet in the Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
"street dragon" at Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum
The round church in Richmond, VT, 1812.
Round church plaque
Round church plaque obverse
Kate, Glenn, Janet in front of the Round church.
Choo-choo at Shelburne Museum
Ticonderoga side wheeler, Shelburne Museum
Glenn in front of the Ticonderoga
Janet, Glenn on the Ticonderoga
Bill, Kate, Glenn on the Ticonderoga
Janet and Bill on Ticonderoga Deck, Shelburne Museum
Kate and Bill on Ticonderoga Deck, Shelburne Museum
Lighthouse and Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum
Plymouth at "50's House", Shelburne Museum
Janet in front of the shipping container dwelling at Shelbourne
Lovely bit of road
Lovely bit of road

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