We took off from home and got out of the city onto some back roads that took us over a covered bridge and then on lots of back roads passing lots of farms with nary another soul on the road until we got into Brandon.
Once we cut thru Brandon, we went up RT73 which is known as the Brandon Gap. This is a road that climbs up in elevation thru a national forest with some nice scenery and it is a well known bicycle road for people to challenge themselves on. When came down on the other side, one ends up on RT100 near Rochester. We stopped for a delightful little lunch at a place called Sandy's Books and Bakery. It is a used book store as well bakery/lunch eatery. She had a tea, coffee for me and we split a Vermonster sandwich which was apples, cheese, arugula, and some wonderful bread. We also bought some baked goods for after dinner tonight.
Leaving Sandy's we headed north on RT100 to go to RT125 and go over Middlebury Gap. This takes one through the National Forest past the Robert Frost Interpetative Trail which has some of his writings posted looking out as scenery he may have been looking at when writing. He lived up there for awhile. We also go past the Middlebury College's Breadloaf Campus which is used in the summer for retreats and an intensive 6 week language immersion program.
We continued into Middlebury with a stop at the Waybury Inn for a picture. This is the inn that was used for the outside shots of the Newhart show where he was Vermont innkeeper, hence the title of the trip report.
We then got on RT7 which is a 50mph road but everyone goes faster. In the past on the 150's she was not comfortable at this speed but she was okay with trying. We did about 30 miles at 55-60mph indicated and she was okay with it. Yay!
Overall, a very enjoyable ride, nice lunch and a milestone on the pace with her. We did 90 miles.