Vermont Thunder Ride 2020
May 24, 2020, 3:00:00 PM
The 2020 Vermont Thunder Ride to honor Vermont’s veterans from all wars is Sunday, May 24th. The ride raises money for veterans and their families.
This year's ride will modified from tradition due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
A brief ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Sharon rest area on Interstate-89 northbound. The ride leaves the rest area at 11:30.
Unlike tradition, there will be no stop at Richmond this year. This year's ride is a direct ride to Enosburg, VT, where there will be another brief ceremony, concluding the event. The ride is approximately 125 miles, from Sharon to Enosburg VT and riders should be prepared with enough fuel. There will be no mid-ride fuel stop this year and no police escort.
This year's ride route is mostly on I-89. The route begins at the Sharon rest area and will follow I-89 until exit 20 in St. Albans. Riders who wish to join the ride along route can do so. The route passes four rest areas: immediately after exit 10 (Waterbury); before exit 12, (Williston); the pull off between exits 16 & 17 (Before the Milton exit); and immediately after exit 18 (Georgia exit). Riders who would like to join the ride in progress can wait at a rest area and join when the ride come by.
Changes from normal include:
- No mid-ride fuel stop
- No lunch at the American Legion
- No pre-ride staging
- No staging at Richmond
There is no cost to participate in the ride. Vermont Thunder patches, pins and flags are sold to raise money. All donations and funds raised go to veterans and their families. If you cannot attend the ride, but would like to send a donation, send a check to: Vermont Thunder Inc. 9 Bushey St, Swanton, VT 05488.
All types of bikes are welcome. Families and spectators are encouraged.
For official information and updates, see the Vermont Thunder Facebook group.
Directions to the Sharon Rest Area from the north:
Note: When riding south on I-89 (i.e. from the north) there is no off-ramp for the Sharon rest area.
- Ride I-89 south to exit 1 US-4/Woodstock/Quechee (thiere is gas at this exit!)
- Turn right at the end of the I-89 off ramp onto US-4/Woodstock Rd
- Ride back over the interstate
- Turn right onto the I-89 North on ramp
- Travel 4.8 miles on i-89 to the Sharon rest area
The closest gas to the Sharon Rest area is off I-89 at exit 1.