Sunday, June 25, 2017

VWs, Minions, Gorillas and Dinosaurs.

This is the first long trip (if you call the 2 day journey long) that Crystal has taken this year. Time to whip in shape for the upcoming trip in September. Destination is Colchester, VT and I created a nice easy trip up with only spots on the two Grand Tours I am participating in. As I planned this, it was really hard not to bring other waypoints like historic places, silly spots and other waymarking categories.

First stop is Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam, NH for the state park category, Americana Extreme tour. As we entered the park, I did notice a house on the left, which I later found out is on the NRHP, however I didn't take a picture of it. Also found out this is a National Natural Landmark, which is a new category on me. Now I have more places to chase for.

Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

Just down the road the Mt, Pisgah Diner is good for the diner category and wraps up New Hampshire.

Hit Brattleboro, VT and pick up a bunch of qualifying bonii for the tours.

One of two Vermont State Parks

Motorcycle Shop
Vintage Steele on Canal Street. If you are in the area this is a worthy place to stop in just to see the shop and meet the folks at the shop. You will not be disappointed in the viewing the various vintage bikes on hand, as well as the folks taking the time to talk to ya. I get an early stage American Picker type feeling with these guys.

Crystal said she was kind of hungry, we are in Brattleboro, I knew just the place to go for breakfast. Covers the diner category as well.

Traveled up Rt 5, which is a really nice road for moving along quickly, with some scenery to boot. Somewhere between Putney and Bellow Falls came across The People's Car Company. I don't think I have ever seen so many VW's in one place. Who could resist. The link provides some additional detail on the PCC.

In Chester, stopped at the CountryGirl Diner. I had one of the best Reuben sandwiches here I have ever had and had to use a fork to eat it. That was back in 2006 or so and believe it may have changed hands a couple of times. Parking lot was full and good indication of the quality. Will have to decide which diner makes it to the Grand Tour submission.

Literally around the corner is Chester Depot which qualifies for the train station category, Americana Tour.

In Rutland is the Frozen GI, which is the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This was one of the specific spots for Americana Extreme Tour.

Outside Rutland along RT 7 at MAC Steel is a giant robot, possibly an abstract Statue of Liberty (kind of looks like it to me)(good for the Merci and Love Tour) and a Minion. OBSERVATION: Having traveled a good portion of the US, it seems that all of these fabricators like to build and make sculptures. Maybe they started out as artists and decided to get a steady job with a stream of income to supplement their

Almost drove past this next spot, but caught the gorilla out of the corner of my eye.

Stopped in Vergennes for the Post Office for the L O V E town for the V. This is for TeamStrange Love and Merci Tour.

Second State Park in Vermont. This is in Charlotte, VT. As we headed back to RT 7 we passed Charlotte High School and it dawned on me we had been here before for the Double Down Tour. Back in our braver days, before out deer strike in Montana, we grabbed the pick when it was quite dark out.

Last stop of the day before we hit Colchester is the Shelburne Museum. The rally sheet mention a landlocked boat, which we just eked out a picture of.

Just around 260 miles for the day, a nice leisurely ride up to northern Vermont

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