Vermont is all white churches and inns surrounding village greens, home to several towns that pre-date the American Revolution. We stayed in Brattleboro for a couple of nights and explored the surrounding villages. We went out one day on our bikes and badly underestimated the mileage. We left the campsite at 10.30 a.m. and didn;t get back until 8 p.m having covered 60 miles. I was exhausted and even had to push my bike up some hills, something I have never had to do before. In trying to keep up with Peter I had forgotten that he had just done a coast to coast bike ride from Barrow-in-Furness to Whitby back at home and had trained for it and I hadn't been on a bike for 8 months.
After arriving in Brattleboro in glorious weather and enjoying the sun for a few days we left in heavy rain and got soacked packing up our stuff.
Arriving in Burlington we found a great campsite on the shores of Vermont's Lake Champlain, the largest lake in Vermont at 120 miles x 12 miles and only 1.8 miles from town. Unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worst and is cold at night and our heater is broken so the first port of all was an RV dealer to try and get it fixed. Luckily they managed to fit us in and mended it in no time. Unfortunately as soon as we got back to camp it worked once and that was it, another cold night. We went back the next morning and this time it seems o.k.
We have really enjoyed Burlington and spent quite a few days here as we are waiting for some parts so that we can get a new bike rack. It has been a great place to spend the time though as it is a real vibrant town with lots of culture and a great social life. Being on the lake shore makes it feel like at the side of the sea and as a bike friendly town there are plenty of bike tracks to ride along. One by the lake, past the campground runs for 12 miles right out along a causeway into the lake. All the towns people really make the most of the weather here and although it has been sunny and rainy off and on for a few days everyone is out walking, biking, running along the trails. The town held a farmers market yesterday and locals were selling home made produce along with Ben & Jerry's ice cream promoting a new flavour and giving away pots to try for free which obviously proved popular.
We thought we had discovered that squirrels like garlic bread when we had some stolen from our picnic bench whilst setting out our evening dinner. It was only the next day whilst setting out dinner again that a huge blackbird swooped down and was about to attack our chilli that we realised who the culprit was. The squirrels though have been chewing away at the screw top on one of our outside water containers and we think we have deterred them by squirting some Tabasco sauce on it.