Ben & Jerry's factoryJanuary 2 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 25 °F
Who doesn't eat ice cream in a snow flurry?
Who doesn't eat ice cream in a snow flurry?
While in Vermont, you must visit the famous ice cream factory. I went on the tour and I was not even close to impressed. They had a few cute cow jokes, but paying to watch a movie, then see the factory machines that were down for maintenance and finally getting my free sample of Orange cream, it just wasn't worth it to me. Especially posting for that flavor. Yucky! I had to throw it out. Ice cream that doesn't have chocolate! The only part that was really cute was the ice cream graveyard behind the factory.Read more
What's here? Lots of funky ice cream....
Got the tour, the taster and now a big tub.....
Besuch der ICE Cream Factory in Vermont
Finally made it. Wasn't real steep, just long. The downhill is supposed to be harder. Perfect day to be up here. I can see Madison where I came from and Ethan Allen where I will be tomorrow. I'm stopping at the next shelter 1.5 miles away to slow down a bit. Can't tell from the small pictures. I think that is Madison out there.Read more
12a was nice, runs along flat river bottom between old round hills. This road has a section of hard packed dirt. Wish Google maps had a filter for that.
This is the ski lodge on top of Mad River Glen Ski Mountain. Old New England ski hut. Staying here tonight. A group of older people, locals, stopped by and we talked for about an hour. One guy handed me a nice local IPA, then another. I like this place. Warm too. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow if the fog lifts.Read more
This place is as rustic as it gets. It was built in 1930, and except for the tin roof, looks like nothing has been done to it. I'm on my original plan for today, Although I've been stewing over another idea since this morning. I thought of going into town, Waitsfield, this afternoon. I have to stop there before moving on to get more food. I started to rush to get to Route 17, but came to my sense's. I promised myself I wouldn't rush any more, and I have 7 days to get to my next destination. The Inn at the Long Trail is only 60 miles from here. So here I am, taking it easy. I'll be able to take my time in town tomorrow, and stop at a restaurant for a real huge meal. Hiker appetite has sunk in.Read more
Our final stop of the day was in Montpelier, the smallest state capital in the USA, to visit the impressive Vermont State House.
In the morning, Bob made some eggs, shredded root vegetables, and spinach and arugula salad. Good way to start the day, thanks Bob! Then I lent Anderson a hand with leak testing the plumbing we had installed the day before. After fixing a few leaks, the pump primed and pressurized the lines. The water supply system was working and the wiring mostly done. Next step I'm bummed to miss is the spray foam, cooool. I know it doesn't take much.
After a good mornings worth of work it was time for lunch! Kate made puffed pastry stuffed with sauteed onions and red pepper.... Yeah and she made the pastry from scratch! Shortly after lunch I helped Lane and Bob put up some flashing on the other house that was being worked on. An intense finger work out.
Then it was time to leave some more wonderful people behind. I'm constantly asking myself if this is the right choice. Despite the difficulty I'm still ready to find out via trial, and hopefully not error.
The next stop put me in Plainfield VT, with Karl and Mary! It was also a good time to test my mileage capacity. On the way to Plainfield I ran out of gas in my main fuel tank, and switched to the tank reserve. The reserve I think is about a half gallon, which should get me close to 25 miles. I hit the reserve fuel at 184 miles, which is good but I was hoping for closer to 200 miles. After switching to the reserve, I arrived at the Bissex homestead at about 200 miles on the entire tank.
Every stop I've made along the way has been fantastic with different settings and small groups of friends. This visit was no different. Upon arrival, after going through the end of the day routine, I joined Mary Judy and Karl to dismantle and prepare basil for some delicious pesto that covered the pasta dinner. Fresh tomatoes, carrots, and some warmed bread on the side and that makes a damn fine meal.
After dinner Karl and Mary and I went outside to look at an amazing sky. The stars were bright despite the moon, and we saw several shooting stars. The most I've seen this summer. Post star gazing I found myself in a hot tub. A great way to begin a really long time riding a motorcycle. I think I'll book end the trip with a hot tub at the other end.
The pictures below are as follows: The view out of the back yard just before I left. The sunset the night before. An extremely large batch of primo pesto for pasta. A presto action shot!Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
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