Medium Level: Pure Biking Bliss on the Island Line Bike Trail

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This event is being lead by Al who will be meeting at 9:30 am and departing at 10:00 am sharp.
Only RSVP if you are definitely going. The trip from Hartford takes 4 hours and it's 244 miles by car.
This Vermont bike ride is our most scenic waterview ride yet. Book a room at The Middlebury Inn which allows for cancellations the day prior to the overnight stay in case of rain. The Island Line Trail (aka Colchester Causeway) is 14 miles of pure biking bliss — following a thin jetty across Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The result is a pathway so thin that it feels as though you're biking on water, with nothing but beautiful blue views encompassing both sides of your vision. Even better, along the way you'll pass by plenty of public beaches and natural areas, so you can stop to take a break pretty much anywhere along the water's edge.
On the way back you'll see the Green Mountains in NY and the Adirondack Mountains all in one glorious view.
Depending on the time we have, the bike ride would be 22 to 26 miles.
The pace of the ride will be contingent on the trail surfaces and will vary from 8-10 mph. Sections of the trail are stone dust and dirt. Hybrid and mountain bikes work best for these surfaces. The other sections are paved especially in the Burlington area.

CASUAL RIDE LEVEL CHART:

A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best.

Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle including not knowing how to shift your gears.

Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace. This is equivalent to riding about 1.5 hours.

Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a leisurely pace (10+ mph) This is equivalent to riding 3 hours at a steady pace with several breaks.

Please click on the link below for tips on group riding:
http://www.meetup.com/Casual-Bikers/pages/Tips_on_Group_Riding/