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Bike ride in Jamaica, Vermont

Today I went for a ride through some incredible New England scenery in and around Jamaica, Vermont. Perfect riding conditions: sun was out but I was sheltered for the most part by trees, it was a mix of asphalt roads and gravel, and there were rolling hills aplenty. I took for what I expected to be a 24 mile ride with 2000ft of climbing, but, like the previous long ride, turned out a little differently. A small GPS route glitch with Komoot’s use of Open Street Maps took me up a long, leafy, steeeeeep, and private driveway.

Biking, hiking, and climbing in Acadia National Park

Today’s “ride” was interesting to say the least. Kelly was trying for a record distance run so I had a good 1½ hours to ride around the Acadia carriageways. The route was carefully planned (see previous post) and once prepped I was on my way! However the app mapping tool Komoot added a small section of unbikable hiking to bridge two carriageways. No worries: I was making good time and decided to take a couple extra carriageways to bypass the hike 👍.

The carriage roads of Acadia National Park 👌

Had a magnificent day of cycling in Acadia National Park! 23 miles of carriage roads: roads built for horse-drawn carriages, gravel roads with rolling climbs and descents (we did ~1800 feet total climbing) with beautiful views of three pristine lakes. Not a cloud in the sky, temperatures were slightly chillier that perfect riding weather. Which is, of course, perfect riding weather. We’re camping here for three more nights, then on to Auburn, Maine for a week or so. Probably will do some more of these roads before we leave Acadia National Park.