Vermont Rides

Notes on GPS Files:

To use the GPS files, you can download free Garmin BaseCamp software available for Mac or Windows.

GPS routes are just a series of points. Your GPS device determines the roads between the points.  The maps that you have and the routing preferences that you select on your GPS, or within BaseCamp, will have an effect on the path it will take you.  All of our GPS files are created with BaseCamp using Motorcycle routing mode, Fastest Time calculation mode, and No Avoidances.  If you have a Garmin device with the latest maps, and use these settings, you should be on the right track. If you, say, try to load the Puppy Dog route, and have Unpaved Roads checked under Avoidances, you're going to get some interesting results.

Using BaseCamp, you can import routes from the GPX files after you’ve downloaded them to your computer.  After selecting a list where you want the file to go, choose "Import..." from the File menu and select the GPX file you downloaded.

Once you've imported the routes, you can transfer them to your connected GPS device by selecting the list and choosing Send “selected list” to Device from the Transfer menu.

From BaseCamp you can also print maps and turn-by-turn directions. Just double click the route you wish to print to bring up the Info window, then click the Print icon. BaseCamp tutorials for Mac and PC are available on the Garmin website.

Puppy Dog:

Our annual Puppy Dog Ride is a ride through the state of Vermont on mostly dirt roads.  You can begin at the Massachusetts border and ride to the Canadian border, or start at the Massachusetts border and head north towards Canada.

There are 2 northern starting point choices. A route we’ve been riding for a number of years begins at the Junction Restaurant in Troy.  This route has short and long options, 173 miles, or 222 miles.  All of the other routes are between 160 and 170 miles.  We recently added a second northern route that begins at the Irving gas station in Derby Line. The southern starting point is the Irving gas station in Greenfield Massachusetts.

From north or south the routes converge on Silver Lake State Park in Barnard for the club’s Saturday night cook-out and campout.  The club reserves campsites and provides a great feast. You can start the Sunday morning ride from the campground, or pick-up the dirt about a mile from the club’s breakfast at Tozier’s Restaurant.  All of the roads and Class 4 trails are public roadways, so please remember to keep to the right. 

The following gpx files were updated in March 2019 using Garmin BaseCamp and City Navigator Map version 2020.10.  Preferences were set to Motorcycle driving mode, Fastest Time calculation, and No Avoidances:

The following PDF files are turn-by-turn directions for each of the routes:

Baley-Hazen Revolutionary War Road

The Bayley–Hazen Military Road was a military road that was originally planned to run from Newbury, Vermont to St. John's, Quebec, not far from Montreal. 54 miles, running from Newbury to Hazens Notch near the Canadian border, were constructed between 1776 and 1779 during the American Revolutionary War. Portions of the road's route are used by modern roads today. See the Wikipedia page for more details.

The "Big Bike" route follows current public roads, while the "Hero" tracks incorporate sections of trail that are not considered roads by today's map-makers. 

Big Bike Route & Hero Tracks (single GPX file)

Northeast Kingdom (NEK) and Ride GPX File
Magical Mystery Tour

Here is the Magical Mystery Tour route without the BMW signs leading your way on the dirt roads and no BBQ feast at the end.

Just a fun ride around central Vermont. If you follow your trip meters, you will do just fine. But we have also given you Town names and Route numbers to follow. There is no getting lost now. The only mystery is where you will stop to get some grub along the way.

VP Suggestions:
Eaton's in Royalton for the best breakfast (Rte 107) awesome breakfasts
Messiers in East Randolph for lunch (Rte 14) huge sandwiches and homemade pizza

  • Mile 0 Zero your trip meter. Make 2 Left Turns to exit Randolph Center Park-N-Ride and access main paved road. Go Left and Continue Uphill. Route 66
  • Mile 0.8 At the Point of Knowledge, Turn Right - to East Bethel Road south
  • Mile 3.0 Pavement Ends Continue forward - on East Bethel Road
  • Mile 5.0 At Y go Left ..dirt - Randolph Center Road - dirt will end
  • Mile 6.2 Make a Left on Factory Road
  • Mile 6.3 At T make a Right and get back onto the tarmac Route 14 south
  • Mile 10.2 At the best place for Eaton turn Right Route 107 west, Bethel
  • Mile 14.0 Turn Left over the New Bridge where the Flags Fly Route 12 north, Bethel
  • Mile 21.6 After passing through the Town of Hanging Flower Baskets Make a Left. At this intersection to take the A Ride Route12-A north, Randolph
  • Mile 41.5 Make a Right onto Lovers Lane - youll find a bit of dirt on this portion of the ride.. Both are over quick. Northfield
  • Mile 42.1 At the 4-Way intersection continue forward and head uphill. Cross over Route 12 and ride Route 64 east
  • Mile 48.8 After the closed bridge by-pass and at the T, make a Right turn. Route 14 South
  • Mile 63.0 Take a Left at the corner where the Blue Tractors are sold in the East Side of Town Just after Messiers General Store in East Randolph, Take the Chelsea Mountain Road east to Tunbridge
  • Mile 69.7 At the Y make a Right Route 110 south, Chelsea
  • Mile 80.7 At the 4-way intersection, turn Right Route 14 north, South Royalton Ending Option Two: Back to the Park-N-Ride, with estimated mileage: Instead of at the host's home & BBQ
  • Mile 92 Just beyond Messiers General Store in East Randolph Village, make a Left onto Route 66 towards Randolph Center.
  • Mile 96 At stop sign, make a Right Turn, continue on Route 66. Interstate and Park-N-Ride will be about 1 mile ahead.

Ride total, about 97 miles.

Climb Every Mountain - Mountain tops you can ride to in New England and New York.

The Covered Bridge Tour - A fairly complete list of Vermont covered bridges. Find them all, get a pin.

Vermont Diners - Ride to Eat - Eat to Ride. Find them all and get a pin (and a larger waistline).

Vermont Place Names - Think you know Vermont? Visit all these locations and get a pin.

Vermont Trees - Find these trees and become an amateur arborist with a pin.

Vermont Hikes - Do all these hikes and get a pin and lose a pound or two in the process!

September Rides - by Muriel Farrington

September seems to offer the best riding days of the year. It started off for me with the return trip from the Finger Lakes Rally. (The ride over was pretty darned nice as well.) Pete and Dotty DeCota and I left in the sunshine and returned in the sunshine, with Pete leading us through the twisties in New York. Then came the Purity Springs Rally—couldn’t have asked for a nicer weekend. There was even a display of northern lights that some fortunate people got to see. 

I rode a 330-mile loop over the Kanc, Bear Notch Rd, over to Rt 16 up through Errol to Rangely. The ride down from Rangely on Rt 17 was spectacular. I ended up in Mexico, ME, riding Rt 2 to Gilead, then down 113 to Fryeburg and back to Madison and the rally. Our own Green Mountain Rally was warm and mostly sunny—especially during prime riding time Saturday. I’d been wanting to ride over into New York, so I headed south on Rt 7 to Brandon, wiggled my way over to the Ft Ticonderoga ferry, and followed some roads Mike Cousino had mentioned.

I rode up into the hills and over the other side north of Ticonderoga, ended up in Ironville (home of electricity, according to one sign), and through the woods to Crown Point. I rode Lake Drive for a while, then back on Rt 22. I crossed at Crown Point to Chimney Point to watch some archeological demonstrations and chat with old archeology buddies, then on back over the bridge to New York. The ride up 22 to Essex is really nice. Crossed the lake at Essex to Charlotte. There were four Beemers on the boat—another rally attendee, Jim Tolley of the ROV, and a young man from Kansas riding an R65 with his buddy on the back. He was excited to see the Beemers and said he was in the process of moving to the area. I told him about the MOV.

I meandered over to 116, and rode on down to 125 in East Middlebury, stopping at the store for a cold lemonade (I have a hard time stopping for lunch—and I’d depleted my water supply). A guy from Chicago on a R100 came out of the store and saw a bunch of Beemers pull into the parking lot—his eyes lit up. He had just come over the Middlebury Gap, had done the Appalachian Gap earlier, and thought he was in heaven. I told him there were well over 200 of us up in the hills at our Rally. He said he had to be in Buffalo that night—he was really sad he couldn’t stay longer. Says he has to go 100 miles to get anywhere interesting to ride in his part of the world. We’ve got to know how lucky we are.

Vermont Attractions

MOV member Paul Bachorz has been busy. While most of us dream of riding and perhaps do a little planning, Paul has authored a tome. Forty-eight pages long, this isn't for sissies (or really slow connections) but take a look at what Paul has authored. It's well worth a look. I even found a few things I hadn't stumbled across before. For an Adobe Acrobat version of his novella click here. 

Before and After Vermont

Here we go again. Paul has now created the beginnings of a new encyclopedia of local riding information. Not here in Vermont but as he calls it, Before and After Vermont (and I would add, during as well). There are lots of things to see in Vermont but we shouldn't ignore all the wonderful sites offered by our neighbors north, south, east and west. Help Paul complete the work by adding your own ideas and sending them along to him for inclusion in this latest work. Check it out here.

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