You’re out enjoying a ride on a warm sunny day. You stop by the side of the road to enjoy a view. You hit the starter to get going again and then it happens: the starter turns slowly and your motorcycle just won’t start.
If you’ve ridden long enough, it’s happened to you. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will. Your bike is broken down and you’re stuck.
Having a good motorcycle toolkit can save your ride and turn a big problem into an inconvenience or maybe an adventure. How should you put together your own motorcycle toolkit?
What Can I Fix? Start by thinking about common problems and what you might be able to fix on the side of the road. Common problems include a dead battery, a loose connection, a flat tire, a broken lever or a loose fastener. If you’re on a multi-day trip and your bike has a chain, you may need to adjust your chain tension.
To assemble a good toolkit, start by inventorying the fasteners on your bike: are they metric or standard? Do they require Allen wrenches? Look for specialized fittings: it is not uncommon to find a special tool is needed to remove your wheels. An adjustable wrench can fill in for a variety of open ended wrenches -- just make sure the adjustable wrench fits into the places you intend to use it. I carry both an adjustable wrench and common open ended wrenches. I also carry sockets for the nuts I have on my motorcycles.
Make sure you can access your battery and fuse box. If your bike has plastics, make sure you can remove the plastics with the tools in your kit.
Electrical problems are common and many can be easily fixed if you plan ahead. Inventory your bike’s fuses and make sure you have one of each type needed for your motorcycle. I carry a bit of sand paper, which is useful for cleaning corrosion off an electrical connection.
Extra nuts and bolts can save the day. While you’re reviewing your bike’s fasteners note common nuts and bolts. These make good candidates to carry in your mobile hardware store.
Zip-ties, safety wire and gorilla tape are my most used toolkit items. These come in handy for a variety of repairs on both your riding gear and your motorcycle. I carry a dozen zip ties between my first-aid kit and toolkit. If your bike has tube tires, you’ll want an extra tube, tire irons and all the tools necessary to remove both your front and rear wheels. If you have a larger front wheel (common on dual-sports, adventure bikes and choppers) carry the larger front tube, which can do double duty as a spare for either front or rear.
Tubeless tires can be plugged in an emergency (although you should replace a plugged tire as soon as possible; plugs can and do pull out). An automotive style plug kit will work on a tubeless motorcycle tire. Having the ability to replace a tube or plug a tire is useless without a way to inflate your tire. A bicycle style compact pump can work -- if you have enough patience -- although you may have difficulty getting the tire bead to seat fully. To get the bead to seat, you need a forceful blast of air. For this you may need an electric pump or CO2 cartridges.
CO2 cartridges are an expensive way to fill a tire but they are fast. I think they are best paired with a pump of some sort, like a bicycle style mini-pump. Having both enables you to put some air in the tube with the mini-pump (getting the tube back into shape) and then hit it with the CO2 cartridge to seat the bead. You could then finish with the mini-pump. An alternative to the mini-pump is an electric pump that runs off your bike’s battery. An electric pump has sufficient pressure to seat the bead, is faster than a mini-pump and -- unlike CO2 cartridges -- can be used top off a tire which is simply under inflated. JB Weld is an epoxy that I have seen used for amazing things. This quick drying, super hard, super strong adhesive is versatile and can be used for some extreme repairs. I have seen a punctured oil filter patched sufficiently for a rider to ride out of the woods. I also have a friend who patched a punctured engine case in the New Mexico desert with JB Weld and a piece of a license plate!
When purchasing JB Weld, make sure to get the quick drying formula, which drys in minutes and not the regular formula, which takes hours to cure. Size and Weight And, as a final thought, keep the size and weight of your kit reasonable. As you assemble a kit, it is tempting to carry everything in an effort to be prepared for anything. But, if your toolkit gets too big and heavy, it will likely stay at home. Look for opportunities for multi-purpose tools.
Carrying a good toolkit is just part of being prepared. You should also carry a first-aid kit for emergencies. Let’s just hope you never have to use either. What's In My Toolkit The table below has many of the more obscure items I have in my motorcycle toolkit.
In an effort to continue to bring the most comprehensive coverage of motorcycling in Vermont, Motorcycle-Vermont has added a Motorcycle Services directory page. The page features an interactive Google map listing all known motorcycle services in Vermont. Please let us know if we have missed anyone! To have your service added to our services listing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harley-Davidson to Shut U.S. Plants Due to Coronavirus
Harley-Davidson joins other motorcycle manufacturers shutting down their plants due to the virus Harley-Davidson is suspending production until March 29 after discovering that a worker in their Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations plant in Memomonee Falls, Wisconsin was infected with the coronavirus. The Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility produces the Big Twin, Milwaukee-Eight and Sportster powertrains. Engines and transmissions produced by the plant are assembled at a plant in York, Pennsylvania. The shutdown will effect plants in Menomonee Falls, York, Pennsylvania and Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Workers effected by the closure will be placed on temporary layoff, but will still receive their medical benefits. All Harley Davidson sponsored events are canceled until mid-April. Harley joins Italian makers, Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Benelli, Vespa and MV Agusta who have all shutdown production due to the pandemic. Brembo brakes is also shutdown. KTM shutdown it’s Austria facility in mid-March for two weeks. Husqvarna and GasGas are also effected. Yamaha suspended production in it’s factories in Italy and France. The impact of the virus has been felt by racing fans around the world. MotoGP has canceled the first four races of the season (Qatar, Thailand, the United States and Jerez). World SuperBike and Monster Energy Supercross have also canceled events.
Whether your planning a multi-day road trip or a weekend day ride getting the big picture is important. It’s also hard to do on a computer screen -- or worse -- your phone. Sometimes a good old-fashion paper map is the best tool to really understand the terrain. Free highway maps from the department of Tourism are great for interstates and major secondary roads, but they leave off local details. These fine details are especially important in Vermont, where small town roads are a significant percentage of the State’s roads. Enter the Delorme New Hampshire Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer. This beautiful map book contains over 100 pages of maps and information. There are 58 quadrangle maps and 18 detail city maps with street name indexes. Each quadrangle map is composed of 21 minutes longitude and 21 minutes latitude (or about 26 miles high by 18.25 miles wide). One inch on the map is approximately 1.74 miles. So how detailed is that you ask? Very! It’s sufficient to see single lane gravel or dirt roads that are barely passable. Roads are shown at about the same level of detail as zooming in to 80% on a Google Map on a desktop PC. The maps have topographical shading and are just plain pretty to look at (at least if you’re a map geek like me). The New York Atlas & Gazetteer covers the entire state in 120 pages, while the Maine Atlas & Gazetteer is 80 pages. The scale of the New York and Maine Gazetteers are 25 minute quadrangles, so the scale is smaller, but still very readable. The scale of these maps is approximate one inch equals two miles. The books contain other useful travel information, like recreation areas, hiking and campground information. They also contain interesting data on state populations, distance between major cities and other state facts. The map books are laid out so east-west maps are on adjacent pages, making east-west rides easier to plan. When traveling north-south, you’ll find yourself flipping around a lot more. The map books are 15.5 by 11 inches, so it won’t easily fit into a tank bag or other take along luggage. If I have a section that I’d like to take on the road, I scan the pages to my computer and copy the map images to my phone. The maps are reasonably accurate, but if you’re familiar with Vermont roads you could easily find small errors when it comes to class-4 roads. Forsha Road in Pittsfield is a good example. If you just use the Gazetteer you might assume that Forsha Road is a secondary road similar to Liberty Hill Road. In fact Forsha road is an unmaintained class-4 road with washouts, boulders and deep ruts. While this may be what you’re after on your dual-sport it isn’t likely to be something that you’d pursue on your street bike. This reinforces the point that if you’re adventuring onto Vermont’s back roads you should use multiple sources to determine what a road is really like. When planning a road, I like to layout my general route with the Gazetteer and then confirm suspicions with VermontRoads.net or the Vermont Agency of Transportation highway maps. Both of these sources provide valuable information on road surface and classification -- which are key to understanding the terrain on the ground. Nothing can top local knowledge when you’re venturing off well maintained roads in Vermont. This is especially true in spring, when mud and winter conditions are a factor. Dirt roads can change drastically from year-to-year or even by a summer downpour. I ride mostly in New England and the Adirondacks of New York. To cover all these areas I purchased the New Hampshire & Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer, the Maine Altas & Gazetteer and New York Atlas & Gazetteer. My well worn Gazetteers are a dream machine -- capable of fueling my desire to ride in a way that Google maps never can. For that reason alone, the Gazetteers should be on every motorcyclists bookshelf. When you purchase through our Amazon affiliate links it costs you nothing but helps support this site. Thank you!
Vermont Rider Training Programs Sign-Up Opens March 1
I f this is the summer you finally get your motorcycle license, make sure to sign-up for the Vermont Basic Rider course on March 1. The 18 hour Basic Rider course covers the basics of operating your motorcycle and gives the student the skills needed to pass the license test. The course combines classroom and range time and introduces novice riders to the dangers of riding on the street. Students who successfully complete the Basic Rider class will earn their motorcycle endorsement. Students do not need to own a motorcycle to take the Basic Rider class. A motorcycle is provided as part of the cost of the course. A helmet can also be provided, if students do not own one. Sign-up for the Intermediate and Experience rider classes also opens March 1. The Intermediate Rider class is a one-day course that picks up with the Basic Rider course ends. The focus is on more advanced techniques like emergency braking, swerving and cornering techniques. The Experienced Rider course picks up where the Intermediate Rider course ends. Remember: riding training is the best upgrade you can purchase for your motorcycle and it is the only upgrade that moves with you to every motorcycle you ride. Related Vermont Rider Education page Vermont Rider Training FAQ
Have you ever wished you had a really cool photo of your motorcycle or, better still, a professional shot of you riding your motorcycle? Motorcycle-Vermont is offering a new motorcycle photo service starting this spring. The service is geared toward individuals or groups who would like cool shots of them and their motorcycles. "I've been taking motorcycle photos for over ten years, in all kinds of situations”, said Motorcycle-Vermont photographer Bob LoCicero. “I was thinking -- I bet folks might be interested in a service where they could get cool shots of their special ride.” LoCicero has worked with a variety familiar companies to get both still photos and video. His credits include MotoVermont, Americade, Cyclewise, Green Mountain Harley Davidson, Fishtail Riding School and the AMA. The service is based on a sliding scale, depending on the job. A single rider or small group looking to get photos is perfect. A benefit ride looking to add another perk for riders is also a good candidate for the service. If you are building a custom bike, a motorcycle photo session during the build can capture your progress as you move through the project. When the bike is finished, you owe it to yourself to get good photos of the bike's details. Although we had to work with limited background choices in this shoot, here is an example. If you have a unique bike for sale, good photos can serve as a keepsake and help sell the bike. Interested parties should contact Motorcycle-Vermont via email for quotes and information. Related BobLPhoto - Bob LoCicero motorcycle photography
MotoVermont to Run North East Backcountry Discovery Route Tour
An exciting new tour from MotoVermont! This May South Burlington VT based MotoVermont will lead their inaugural tour of the newly released North East Backcountry Discovery Route (NE BDR). The fully supported guided tour will run May 28, 2020 through June 5, 2020, covering the entire 1,400 mile route. The North East Backcountry Discovery Route is a mostly off-pavement route through unique rural areas, designed for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles. The route runs from Hancock, New York to Jackman, Maine on the Canadian boarder. The NE BDR was created by Backountry Discovery Routes, a 501c3, non-profit organization whose goal is to create routes that promote tourism and economically sustainable relief to less-advantaged rural communities. The NE BDR is the tenth route the organization has created and the second east coast route. The MotoVermont tour includes 8 nights lodging and 14 meals, and is supported by 3 guides and a support vehicle. Each day the support vehicle ferries rider luggage to the next stop making the tour considerably lighter for riders. Riders can rent a motorcycle for the tour and a backup motorcycle and tools are available in the support vehicle. MotoVermont provides ground transportation from local airports for the tour. Eric Milano of MotoVermont was one of the key members of the NE BDR design team. Milano was integral in designing the Vermont section of the route, calling on his extensive knowledge of Vermont’s off-road riding and touring. Several of the route designers will join the tour and ride along. For complete information on MotoVermont’s upcoming BDR tour, see their website.
New Hampshire’s no-helmet law is under review again. New Hampshire house bill 1621 would change the existing NH Rules of the Road to require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. The proposed changes would also require riders of electric bicycles and mopeds to wear head gear. The fine for not wearing a helmet under the proposal is $50. The bill is sponsored by Rep Skip Cleaver, D-Nashua. Proponents of the bill claim money and lives would be saved if helmets are required. Opponents cite personal freedom and choice as drivers for keeping the law as it is. At a February 4th public hearing on the matter, Jennifer Anderson, deputy director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association said passage would hurt attendance at the rally. New Hampshire is also considering requiring seat belt use in vehicles. See this link for a full text of the changes and to track the bill. More information: NH Bill 1621-FN A Ride Apart Opinion: Why People Rallying Against Helmet Law In NH Is A Problem Huge Turnout Against Bill To Require Motorcyclists to Wear Helmets
The 1,400 mile adventure motorcycle Northeast Backcountry Discovery Route is being released on February 1. The route will travel from a Hancock NY to the Canadian border in Maine over a mix pavement, dirt and seasonal roads through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The route was put together by the adventure motorcycling non-profit organization, Backcountry Discovery Routes® (BDR®). The Northeast is the tenth route the group has mapped and the second on the east coast. The other backcountry discovery routes are the California South route, Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Arizona and Mid-Atlantic routes. The Northeast route was assembled last summer with the assistance of local experts for each section. Eric Milano of MotoVermont was the section expert for Vermont. There is a feature length film to promote the route. The premiere of the film in Vermont is Thursday February 13th at Franks Motorcycle Sales and Service in Essex (see the event posting here). You can also purchase a DVD of the film (along with other BDR feature films) at the BDR Store. Bulter Motorcycle Maps will have a detailed map of the route and GPS downloads are available at the BDR web site (note: the Northeast track was not available at the time of this writing. The route should be available shortly after February 1, so check back). MotoVermont is offering a guided, supported tour on the route starting in May. For information, see the MotoVermont website.
Winter can be hard on the motorcyclist. Your bikes sit idle under a cover of winter dust. To make it through, you need a strategy -- a diversion from winter’s icy grip. YouTube can fuel your dreams and possibly make you a better rider. Read on for three YouTube channels that we’ve been binge watching lately. Life at Lean The race track is a great place to learn to ride a motorcycle better. While you may not be interested in riding as fast as Marc Marquez you could probably learn a thing or two about riding from him. And while Marc isn’t making YouTube videos on riding, they’re are others doing the job. Enter, Life at Lean: a website and YouTube channel run by Dan Netting from Essex, UK. Dan is a biker, track nut and latte aficionado (his words). He is not a professional motorcycle racer and I think that is a good thing. Netting has climbed the track day ranks from novice to instructor and shares his knowledge in easy to understand videos and articles. In each piece he breaks down technique with an emphasis on what a track day rider needs to know. He also covers topics aimed at making your track days more productive.Topics like: Moving Up a Track Day Group: Benefits & Considerations, Common Track Day Crash: The Throttle & Lean Trap, How to Deal with nervousness before riding on track and Track riding practice on the road: What can we work on?. Here is a sample: Why Do Slow Corners Feel Harder Mike On Bikes If you like Life at Lean, you’ll also love Mike on Bikes. Mike is a motorcyclist who moved from Sweden to California to pursue a career in high tech. While a job in tech brought Mike here, it’s motorcycling that made him stay. Mike covers everything from sport riding to trail riding and he is very knowledgeable. I was first attracted to Mike’s channel when I researched why MotoGP riders dangle a leg when entering a corner (The Leg Dangle EXPLAINED). Mike has good street riding videos too, like Tips to protect you and your motorcycle and Motorcycle Beginner Tips: Using your eyes. Here is a sample of Mike on Bikes. Evolution of MotoGP Riding Styles - From Leaning out to elbow dragging FortNine The FortNine channel started with a travel series on motorcycling in Canada (FortNine Explore: Quebec) and has grown into a channel with outstanding production values, a great sense of humor and the ability to inform. Ryan, the channel’s star presenter, can take a topic with no interest to me (like say, Why Canada Makes Three Wheelers: Can-Am Ryker Review 2019) and suddenly make it immensely interesting to me. A good place to ease into FortNine are the channel’s playlists. The Tested series will give you more information than you can imagine in a way that is easily digestible and always entertaining. If you don’t learn something from watching FortNine, you know way too much about motorcycles! More playlists from FortNine: Ride Safe Riding Tips Mechanical Skills
A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money for the families of the 7 members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club who were killed when a truck crossed over the centerline on U.S. Route 2 in Randolph on June 21. The page was started on June 23 and has raise over $500,000 in 5 days. The goal of the page is to raise $700,000. The Jarheads MC is motorcycle club for Marine and FMF Corpsman. They ride to support veterans and their families and have chapters in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Related CBS News Report on the accident 7 Motorcyclists killed in NH Crash
Green Mountain Harley built Street Bob voted People's Choice favorite in Battle of The Kings Competition The Joker is Green Mountain Harley Davidson’s entry into the Harley Davidson Battle of the Kings bike building competition, which challenges Harley dealers from around the world to build the best custom motorcycle from a stock Harley. The team must partner with a local trade school. Green Mountain chose the Northwest Technical Center in St. Albans -- a school affiliated with two of the team members. Crew Chief, Roscoe Allen taught at the Northwest Tech Center and is also a graduate of the school. Crew member Marissa Storto attended the Northwest Tech Center and had Allen as an teacher. The build converts a 2018 Street Bob into a custom modern bobber that features a hydraulic foot clutch, internal wiring, brass accents and many hand made components. The bike dropped 150 pounds off the stock unit. The team built the bike in only 8 weeks on a limited budget. In the first round of people’s choice voting, The Joker was elected to move to the final round of judging to be held at the Harley Davidson dealer’s conference in August.
We've moved our site and things are in a bit of a shambles Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and go for it. About a year ago, it became clear that Motorcycle-Vermont.com needed to move to a different web technology. Our site was content rich (over 500 pages) but didn't work very well for mobile users. To address the technical deficiency, we would need to stop working on content and do a technology project to move us forward. This spring we bit the bullet, threw caution to the wind and moved. Which is why, you'll find plenty of broken links and things half-done right now. We're sorry, but we're working on it! Our goal is to stabilize the site over the next month or so and then get back to why came here in the first place: great motorcycle content. Thank you for supporting us during this move. When we're finished, I hope you'll like us even more than before.
New exciting tours from MotoVermont MotoVermont has earned a reputation for offering unique motorcycle tours and this year is no exception. New for this season are a 400 mile, 4 day, dual sport tour, The Vermont 400, the all-female SheADV Dual-Sport tour and an a motorcycle photography workshop tour, the Vermont Moto-Photo Tour. The Vermont 400 Dual-Sport Tour The Vermont 400 dual-sport tour is 4 days of rugged riding across the Green Mountains, through backwoods terrain. Riders should be prepared to get their feet muddy on this one, which features unmaintained class-4 roads through remote areas. Riders should be experienced off-road and the tour is designed for smaller dual-sport motorcycles. MotoVermont has a fleet of CRF250L’s available to rent, if you need a bike suited to the ride. A chase vehicle will carry overnight gear, freeing riders from carrying everything necessary for a 4 day trip. Riders will still need to carry their emergency supplies, but spares and parts will be close if things turn bad. The tour isn’t all about how tough you are though: at the end of each day you’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations and good food. Each night features a new cabin or inn where you can get a shower and a fine Vermont microbrew. SheADV Dual-Sport Tour Build your confidence on the supportive women-only, 3-day dual-sport tour through central Vermont. The tour is lead by Stephanie Terrian -- an avid adventure rider, MSF coach and an experienced EMT -- and local rider Kathy Daily -- a veteran pilot and experienced rider. Stephanie has ridden five of the Backcountry Discovery Routes in the U.S. and leads tours throughout the country. Each days riding mixes gravel roads, twisty pavement and challenging unmaintained, class-4 roads through remote areas. The tour is based at Coolidge State Park in Plymouth Notch, Vermont where you will camp for two nights. The campground has clean bathrooms and hot showers. Each night you’ll enjoy a campfire and a covered pavilion for preparing group meals. More from MotoVermont MotoVermont has all their other great tours returning this year. The ever popular dual-sport training tours with Bill Dragoo, provides riders a chance to learn new skills at the both the beginner and intermediate levels. The Frontière Nord - a Quebec dual-sport tour takes riders north of the boarder to ride on remote trails linked by small ferries. The Bush-Moto Tour combines bush craft, first-aid and off-road riding to create a unique experience where riders learn new skills that could save their lives. MotoVermont also offers road going tours. The self-guided New England Immersion tour and the 3 day Vermont Discovery Tour will get you riding to interesting places on the best roads by day, while spending your nights in accommodation that compliment the riding experience. Tours Vermont 400 - Dual-Sport Tour SheADV Dual-Sport Tour Bush-Moto Tour - off-road survival skills Dual-Sport Training Tour Frontièr Nord, a Quebec dual-sport motorcycle tour New England Immersion motorcycle tour Vermont Discovery motorcycle tour For more information on tours and rentals, see MotoVermont.com.
Touring Vermont to raise money for Alzheimer's Disease For those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, any day can seem like the longest day of the year. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that affects a person’s memory and impairs their ability to conduct daily tasks. Basic communication becomes difficult as they lose their ability to carry on a conversation. The Longest Day is a team fundraising event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association to honor those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The event raises funds for research and increases the awareness of the disease. Held on the summer solstice, from sunrise to sunset, the event symbolizes the challenge faced by caregivers and those with the disease. “To do the Longest Day, you do something from sunrise to sunset,” explains Bill Mitchell, Owner of Ride Safe Vermont, a motorcycle safety school in Burlington. “Participants should do something that they’re passionate about. We figured we could make it around the state in a day [on our motorcycles]”, he said. Bill and his wife Jane Mitchell are leading Team Ride Safe on a 500 mile Vermont perimeter ride they are calling “The Brain Circuit” as part of this year’s event. The team will start at 5:25 a.m. at Green Mountain Harley Davidson in Essex Junction and then head south on Route 7 stopping in Rutland at Central Vermont Motorcycles, in Bennington at Ronnie’s Cycles, in Brattleboro at Vintage Steele, in White River Junction at the Country Crossing Diner, and then in Wells River, Derby, East Berkshire and St Albans. The ride will end when they return home at 8:30 p.m. “This is our first year running the route, so it’s a bit of shakedown year”, said Bill. He and Jane hope the event will become an annual event with riders starting the circuit in their hometowns, joining the circuit for the day and touring the state. Teams can ride at their own pace and choose to ride as much of the circuit as they want, with the goal of riding all day and raising $1,600 per team -- $100 for each hour of the day. The team could also ride as a relay. Fundraising is an important part of fighting Alzheimer’s, which mostly affects people over 65. As the population ages, more people are affected each year. Thirteen thousand Vermonters currently have the disease and are supported by 30,000 unpaid Vermont caregivers. “It is projected that in 10 years, 17,000 Vermonters will have the disease,” said Jane Mitchell (Jane is Director of Development of the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association). Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60%-80% of cases. Although it is most common in people over 65, people in their 40’s and 50’s also get the disease. There is no known cure. Researchers are looking for ways to treat symptoms and to slow the progress of the disease, improving the quality of life for patients and their caregivers. If you would like to support Team Ride Safe, you can donate through their fund raising page, found here. You can follow the team on their team Facebook page. If you would more information on starting your own team or riding the Brain Circuit, contact Bill for information by email at Bill@RideSafeVT.com. Related Vermont Alzheimer's Association Ride Safe Vermont Team Ride Safe Fund Raising Page
Improving comfort and safety for your riding adventures There are certain truths in motorcycling: grabbing a handful of brakes leads to disaster; whacking the throttle open mid-corner is a recipe for a high-side; and, when it rains you get wet. What was true yesterday isn’t necessarily true today. Technology is eroding the certainty of these truths: anti-lock brakes modulate monkey-handed braking, traction control smooths the whack-happy, heavy-handed, and Gore-Tex keeps you comfortable and dry, even in a heavy downpour. The Klim Overland jacket is a technological leap forward when compared to fabric jackets of years-ago. The jacket employs a 2-layer Gore-Tex shell to keep you dry in pelting rain (yes, I have experienced this!) and the latest D3O armor and Cordura to keep you safe. The jacket has a Gore-Tex outer layer that is breathable – meaning it allows water vapor to pass out, while not allowing rain to seep in. Since the weather protection is on the exterior of the jacket, it does not require a zip-in waterproof layer. External waterproofing means you are always protected from the sudden shower, a huge plus when the clouds burst and you can’t stop to zip-in a waterproof layer. The Overland shell is tough with 840D Cordura overlays in the elbow, forearm and shoulder. The jacket feel as durable as leather, while maintaining the lighter weight and functional practicality of a fabric riding jacket. The jacket is ready for adventure, but is styled in a subdue way compared to most “adventure jackets” (how many pockets do you need?). There are three exterior pockets: one chest and two hand warmer pockets. The chest pocket is perfectly sized for a smart phone. The hand warmer pockets are just deep enough and the right-hand pocket has a key clip. The jacket has chunky, water resistant YKK zippers throughout. All of the zippers have large, long pulls that are ruggedly stitched and can be operated with gloves on. Well-spaced hook and loop fasteners close a storm flap over the front zipper and I have never had any leakage, even in driving rain. The body is generously cut, but not baggie. The rear extends down slightly and is curved to cover the top of your butt. The torso proportions are perfect for my 5 foot 9 inch frame in a medium. The arms are pre-curved and have a single adjuster just below the elbow. A built-in arm cuff blocks air from rushing up your arm. A simple hook and loop fastener adjustment closes the cuff down. The collar is upright and lined with a soft fleece. It closes with a hook-and-loop fastener and a snap. It stands up nicely, blocking wind from your neck. The jacket is a shell and has no thermal layers. This design allows you layer your off-the-bike clothes to suit the conditions. I feel this design is superior to a zip-in layer, which can only be used in the jacket. Layering regular clothes under the jacket reduces the overall weight you carry when touring and facilitates tuning the layers to suit your needs. If the jacket has a flaw, it is the venting. There are two front vents on each side of the torso, with matching rear vents. Air flows through to body via the vents, which is adequate at riding speed. If you leave the jacket open a few inches at the neck and open the vents, you can be comfortable into the low eighties while riding at speed. At slower speeds, such as riding technical off-road sections or city riding, the venting could be improved – especially in the arms. Because the jacket has cuffs, your arms do not get good air flow. This is mostly a small annoyance and is really the only complaint I have about the jacket. I never want to crash my Overland jacket (I like it too much!), but if I did, I think it would hold up well. The jacket uses D3O, level 1, armor in the shoulders, elbows and back. The armor starts off a bit stiff, but is thin and quickly softens with your body warmth, making it flexible and supple and very comfortable. If you have a sudden impact, the armor becomes rigid, absorbing the impact. The greater the impact, the more shock is absorbed by the armor. The 840D Cordura feels like it could take a lot of abrasion before wearing through. In all, the Klim Overland jacket is an excellent choice for adventure touring, cool to warm weather dual-sport riding or sport touring. The jacket combines sleek styling and the latest in protection from both the elements and the unfortunate crash. The Klim Overland can be found at Roadside Motorsports in Williston. Ask Mary to help you with sizing and she’ll gladly help you with any questions. Related Roadside Motorsports How D3O Armor works
Use multiple mapping tools when planning your next dual-sport adventure Dressed in your Klim riding suit, mounted on your brand new BMW GS 1200, complete with crash guards and high adventure tour-package, you sit idling at the end of your driveway. Left or right? Which way to adventure? Planning a route for your new adventure bike can be as challenging as riding it once you’ve gotten there. Ideally, your riding buddies will have plenty of knowledge to share with you and you can just follow along. But, that only works so long: eventually you need to find your own way. For dual-sport and adventure riders in Vermont, your primary tools are Google Maps, Garmin’s Basecamp software and traditional maps. Using these tools – and some advice from the AdvRider forum – you can map rides that fit your skill and your bike. Getting the Big Picture Start your mapping by getting the big picture. Use a combination of Google Maps and traditional paper maps to plot a general route. Google Maps is great for plotting a direct course from point to point on paved roads. The mileage and time estimate can give you an approximation of riding time to get from the city to the riding zone. Until Google adds a “good motorcycle road” checkbox, the route plotted will simply get you from origin to destination. You’ll get fast and paved, but not necessarily interesting and uncrowded. Use the “Avoid highways” option to skip Interstate highways and stay on secondary roads. There are some tricks you can use to finesse Google Maps into plotting the course you prefer, but you’ll need additional information before employing these. The Vermont Road Classification System When evaluating a route, Vermont has a road classification system that can help. Class 1 roads are highways and State roads that receive the highest amount of traffic and maintenance. They are also boring, straight roads that you’ll want to avoid, except when trying to make time. Class 2 roads are well traveled roads that lead to Class 1 roads. These are usually paved and can be fun on your cruiser or touring bike, but are not our focus here. GPS and online mapping tools, like Google Maps, default to using Class 1 and 2 roads when possible. For dual-sport riders your goal is to find roads in the next two classifications. Class 3 roads are town roads and can be paved, but are frequently gravel or dirt. They are usually passable by standard passenger cars and can be great fun, scenic and well suited to larger dual-sport motorcycles. When you can, use Class-3 roads as your primary “travelers” for getting from Class 2 roads to Class-4 roads. Class 4 roads are public right-of-ways that are not maintained by anyone. Their condition can vary from easily passable to a goat path and are the holy-grail of adventure riding in Vermont. The tricky bit is finding class 4 roads that are both challenging and passable. Google Maps makes no distinction between Class-3 and Class-4 roads. I have found numerous cases where abandon Class-4 roads are shown on Google Maps, so always use additional sources to verify roads found on Google. I use the Jimapco county maps series or the DeLorme Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer to verify roads found on Google Maps. Unlike Google Maps, which make no distinction between a well-used, town-maintained Class 3 roads and an ancient cart path, these maps differentiate between paved and gravel. If the road exists on Google maps, but not on the Jimapco map, it may be too rough for a larger dual-sport. Map Products When you purchase through our Amazon affiliate links it costs you nothing, but helps support Motorcycle-Vermont.com. The Gazetteer and Jimapco’s county maps include most of the passable Class 4 roads – but not all. If you find a road in Google Maps, but not on these maps, it may be obsolete. Before committing to ride there, you need to investigate further. VTrans Maps VTrans – the Vermont Department of Transportation – has online maps that include every public roadway in the state. These maps are the definitive source for determining whether a road is public. The maps are divided by town, which makes them difficult to use for general route planning. Use the Jimapco road atlas or county maps to determine the town a road is located in and then use the VTrans maps to evaluate the condition. The VTrans maps classify roads as hard surface or paved, gravel, soil or graded and drained earth, and unimproved or primitive. They also indicate whether a road is Class 3 or Class 4. Knowing the road surface and whether it is maintained is vital in determining whether it is passable. The VTrans maps also show legal right-of-ways that are “impassable or untraveled”, legal trails and discontinued. These last 3 road classifications are dicey at best and in most cases should be avoided. Impassable or untraveled roads are Class 4 roads that have decayed sufficiently to be downgraded to “impassable”. These roads can be fun or a holy hell of a slog: local knowledge is needed to determine whether they are passable. Recent weather can greatly affect your ability to ride these roads, which are not maintained and can be significant mud pits. Roads designated as legal trails may or may not allow motorized vehicle traffic. Local ordinances cover these roads and you should check with the local selectboard to determine whether these roads are legal for motorcycles. Unless you know a legal trail allows motorcycles, assume it doesn’t. In many cases, riding illegally on a designated trail could be cause for a fine. Discontinued roads have been given up by the town and are no longer public rights-of-way. Do not go there. Note: these maps will help determine if a road passable. You are responsible for determining if the road is passable by you, on your bike, in the road’s current condition. No map will tell you this: maps will only assist you in making this determination. See this article for an example comparison of Google, Basecamp and VTrans sources Garmin Basecamp A GPS is an essential tool for any off-road rider. Motorcycle specific models are easy to read while underway, glove friendly and have Bluetooth ear pieces to hear turn-by-turn directions, but many do not have topographical information and may not show Class-4 roads. A GPS does not need to be a motorcycle specific model to be useful. Many dual-sport riders prefer hand-held units like Garmin's Oregon 700 and Montana 680 for their versatility and lower cost. Garmin’s Topo US 24K Northeast series of maps are essential for evaluating terrain. These detailed topographical maps can be used to determine if a road is steep or runs through a marsh. Topographical features can also be used in navigating, since road signs will be rare once you’re off the beaten path. Use Garmin’s Basecamp to create a route that combines paved roads and Class-4 roads. The route can be loaded into your GPS and used for navigating while riding. I always supplement my GPS directions with hand-written directions and I carry paper maps for getting the big picture. Next Steps After plotting your route, it’s helpful to check with local sources to learn about recent conditions. The AdvRider forum can be a good place to get this information. Just beware that a rider’s bike, riding experience and point-of-view can greatly color their assessment of “good condition”. Use this information as another data point in your decision, but let your instincts guide you. For the most part, riding in Vermont is not life-threatening. If things go wrong, choosing an overly ambitious route will –in most cases -- result in no more than a huge inconvenience. However, it is entirely possible to crash your bike in a place that isn’t accessible via a pickup truck, so don’t be afraid to turn your bike around if things get dicey. Related An example comparison Google, Basecamp and VTrans VTrans Mapping Database AdvRider Forum - ride the world
Vermont Bucket List Checkmark: Ride the Bayley-Hazen Military Road
Step-by-step guide to adventure on the Bayley-Hazen Military Road A bucket list is a good thing to have: it gets you out riding, taking on new roads and challenges. The Bayley-Hazen Military Road has been on my bucket list since I first learned about it 3 years ago and this September I finally found the time to ride it. The road runs from Wells River Village in Newbury Vermont to Montgomery Vermont on a mix of pavement, class 3 and 4 dirt roads. The trip is approximately 80 miles, depending on which route you take, and takes you through classic Northeast Kingdom Vermont -- scenic and uncrowded. The road is historic. Constructed between 1776 and 1779 the road was the brainchild of Jacob Bayley and Moses Hazen. Wikipedia is sketchy on the details, but it seems that Hazen owned land in Quebec and wanted the Continental Army to invade our neighbors to the north. Bayley, a founding father of Newbury VT is said to have started the road in 1776 with a six mile section from Newbury to Peacham. Hazen took over construction in 1779 and completed the section from Peacham to Hazen’s Notch in Lowell, VT. The road was forty miles short of its original destination, St. Johns Quebec. The British soon discovered that the road could be easily travelled in either direction and used it to conduct raids into Vermont. Oh, well, another good idea conceived in beer gone awry. After the war, the Bayley-Hazen was used to travel the area and eventual became what it is today: a mix of amusing twisty pavement, easy to ride well maintained dirt roads and a few challenging sections that we’ll cover in the Hero Section side bar. The route is suitable for dual-sports, adventure bikes and anything that loves dirt roads. It helps to have good tires for dirt sections. I would not attempt the hero sections without knobbies, although I’m sure someone, somewhere has probably completed it on a woefully under equipped bike. I began my tour at the P&H Truck Stop on US-302. You can buy gas and food here and there is a nice diner that serves traditional style food. After the P&H there is no gas directly on the route -- although you can get services near-by. After leaving P&H, ride into Well River on US-302 until you intersected US-5. To find the start of the Bayley-Hazen, turn left onto US-5 and follow it north for approximately 2 tenth of a mile. As you round a left hand corner, watch for a Bible Hill Rd on your left. The turn is a hard left up a steep paved hill. Bible Hill Road flows along as nice narrow twisty road. Eventually it becomes dirt which signals the start of South Bayley-Hazen road. Approximately 5.2 miles from the beginning of Bible Hill Road is Ryegate Corners. Here the paved road bears right and North Bayley-Hazen goes straight as dirt road. There is a historic marker sign here, marking the road. Follow North Baily-Hazen Road to Mosquitoville. Here, you pass a cemetery and then a small, yellow church building; after the church, you come to a small, triangular green; bear left at the green onto Schoolhouse Road, a narrow dirt track. Schoolhouse road winds through the woods until it comes to T-intersection. Turn right onto Farrow Farm Road. Shortly after turning onto Farrow Farm Road, the road appears to continue straight, but to follow Farrow Farm Road, keep left and ride the hard left hand turn. Follow Farrow-Farm Road until you come to the intersection with the Peacham-Barnet Road (paved). Take a left onto Peacham-Barnet Road and then a right onto the Peacham-Groton Road. In a bit under .3 of mile take a right onto Elkins Way. Elkins Way is a small dirt road that looks like someone’s driveway. The road travel close between a house and a barn, then scrambles up a small hill. When I road this in September, the road was heavily eroded here due a washout. The road becomes the Bayley-Hazen Rd here and enters into a peaceful section of woods. In a short distance, the Bayley-Hazen Rd emerges into a small cluster of houses. Keep left until you come back to pavement. Take a right onto South Main Street and ride towards Peacham Center. The Peacham Store and Peacham Cafe is on your left. I didn’t stop at the Peacham Café, but their menu has a good selection of breakfast and lunch items, including Fresh Baked pastries and pies. If you’re in need of break, the Peacham Café looks like a great choice. After passing the Peacham Café, travel 1.7 miles then bear left off the pavement onto a narrow dirt road (Bayley-Hazen Road) and follow it through the woods. The Bayley-Hazen continues along on as a class 3 dirt road for the next 4.4 miles, until it intersects with US-2. Take a left on US-2 and travel .9 of a mile to West Shore Road on the right (dirt). West Shore Road travels down the western edge of Joe’s Pond. As you ride, you have views through the trees of the pond to the east. Travel approximately 2 miles on West Shore Road and then take a sharp left onto Cabot Plains Road. Travel on Cabot Plains Road for 1.4 miles until you reach a T-intersection. Take a right turn onto Cabot Plains road (yes, that is correct; turn right off of Cabot Plains Road onto Cabot Plains Road; remember, we’re in the Northeast Kingdom and that’s how it’s done here). In .2 of mile, the Bayley-Hazen road turns off to the right on a narrow dirt road. The road is an easily travelled class 4 dirt road with one small scramble up a hill at the beginning. Follow this road for about a mile until you come to pavement and route 215. Take a right turn onto route 215 and follow that to Vermont-15. Turn left onto VT-15 and ride 2.3 miles; then take a right onto Bayley-Hazen Road. There is a green sign marking the historic road on the street sign. Follow the Bayley-Hazen Road 2.9 miles to Belfry Road. Take left onto Belfry/Noyestar Road (dirt) and follow it out to VT-16 (paved). Ride approximately .9 mile on VT-16 and then take a left onto Baylay-Hazen Road. The road hooks back to the left and then winds along as a narrow dirt road. After a short bit, the road merges with Hardwick Street (paved). Ride on Hardwick Street for approximately 1.5 miles, until you come to a four-way intersection with a softball field on the right corner. Go straight across the intersection onto Lake Shore Road (dirt). Lake Shore Road parallels the western short of Caspian Lake. As you ride, there are nice views of the lake to the south and east. You will pass a monument marking a block house location and the spot where Constant Bliss and Moses Sleeper where killed by Native Americans. Follow Lake Shore Road approximately 2 miles. You will come to an intersection with Circus Road; the Bayley-Hazen Road continues straight as a narrow double-track, class-4 dirt road. Continue on this section for 1.3 miles until you come to East Craftsbury Road (a.k.a. Ketchum Hill Road). Take a left onto Ketchum Hill Road and ride for 1.4 miles to Creek Road. Take a left onto Creek Road and ride .6 mile. Take a right onto Kings Farm Road and then ride approximate 1.5 miles to Strong Road. Take a left onto Strong Road and ride to a T-intersection with North Craftsbury Road. Take a right onto North Craftsbury Road and follow it until it becomes Wylie Hill Road. Wylie Hill Road is a narrow, gravel road, running through the woods. It begins with a moderately steep downhill that could be loose, depending on recent weather. Ride Wylie Hill Road until it comes to a T-intersection with VT-14. It is now time to decide: hero section or no hero section? Read the Bayley-Hazen Road hero section description to help you choose. If choose to skip the hero, turn right and ride 1.8 miles and then take a right onto Water Street. Travel Water Street until it intersects with Center Hill Road. Take a left onto Center Hill Road (dirt) and follow it to Center Road. Take a left onto Center Road and follow to a fork, where Delano Road continues straight and a Chamberlin Hill Road forks right. Take the right fork onto Chamberlin Hill Road. Chamberlin Hill Road is a pretty, narrow dirt road winding through hills, among farms and then woods and then farms again. After 2.9 miles you will come to an intersection with Creek Road. Take a left turn onto Creek Road and follow 3.2 miles to the town green in Irasburg. Ray’s Market is on your right as you ride around the green. Ray’s is a small town market with produce, a real meat counter and a small selection of grocery items. Ray’s is open Monday through Saturday. In Irasburg, take a left on Park Avenue and then a right onto VT-14. Follow VT-14 1.2 miles to a fork, where VT-58 splits off to the left. Ride 6.8 miles on VT-58 to Irish Hill Rd on your left. Irish Hill Road is a dirt road. Approximately 2 miles up Irish Hill Road is the north end of the hero section. Continue on Irish Hill Road until it intersects with VT-100. Turn right on VT-100 and ride a short distance to VT-58 on your left. VT-58, known locally as Hazen Notch Road, begins as a paved curvy road with a nice meander. It then becomes a dirt road as you ride through the woods to Montgomery center, where there is food, gas and stores. Enjoy your adventure on Bayley-Hazen Road. I enjoyed mine and plan on coming back soon! Resources Turn-by-Turn Riding directions GPX waypoints and track Cross Vermont.org History of the Bayley-Hazen Road (include directions) Bayley-Hazen Road history - Fredeick W. Baldwin The Bayley-Hazen Hero Section If you’re up for a challenge, consider including the hero section on your Bayley Hazen ride. The hero section is rocky, contains ledges and is uphill if you’re riding south to north. It is a bit easier to ride the section north-to-south, because you’re descending the steep ledges rather than bullying your way up. I highly recommend a true dual-sport for the hero section. I have seen large bikes, like a BMW GS, tackle it, but it is a lot of work and you better have friends willing to help push. Bikes like DR-650 and the KLR650 are the largest bikes I would recommend. Regardless of what you ride, I do not recommend riding the section alone. It is remote and if you have an issue you’ll be a long way from help. I can’t say if your cell phone will work there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t. To reach the south end of the Hero section, from Wylie Hill Rd, turn right on VT-14 and travel 2 miles to New Street. Ride New Street approximately 1 mile to Bayley-Hazen on the right. The road is a civilized class 3 road here. As you travel, the road becomes a farm road, double-track and then eventually a wider, rocky trail. Be prepared for large stones, loose rock and ledges. Eventually, the road emerges out into a field and then joins Irish Hill Road at a T-intersection. Take a left to rejoin the large bike route. In all, the hero section is approximately 4 miles in length. It ascents around 660 feet and then descends about 650 feet, including a section where it rises 548 feet in 1.7 miles. The steepest grade you’ll encounter is around 8%. It’s not that steep, as hills go, but the road surface combined with the grade makes for a challenge section, especially if you’re on a bigger bike.
Estimated Mileage: 64 miles Estimated Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes No one likes to be over dressed for a party. It can feel that way when you’re riding your knobby-tired dual-sport down a paved road, chugging along, wobbling the knobs into oblivion. You’re looking for dirt or gravel roads, but sometimes to get from here-to-there you to ride on pavement -- you don’t have a choice. Or do you? This route takes you from Pittsford, VT to Mossy Glen Falls in Stowe, VT – a route of approximately 100 miles – with as little pavement as possible. There are stretches of mild class 4 roads, but the route is mainly scenic Vermont class 3 dirt roads. In all, the route is suitable for larger adventure touring bikes and riders seeking relaxation over gnar (or those who are looking to link sections of gnar by traveling on dirt). Begin at Keith’s Country Store and Deli on US-7 in Pittsford, where you can get gas and deli sandwiches. (Note: Pittsford is easily confused with Pittsfield. The two towns are at nearly the same latitude, but are separated by the spine of the Green Mountains and the town of Chittenden; Pittsford on the west and Pittsfield on the east). Head north on US-7 and take your first right turn onto Plains Rd toward the Pittsford town offices. Go .9 of mile: at the fork bear left onto Sugar Hollow Road and begin your dirt road travels. Sugar Hill road is a pleasant, flowing road. In 2.6 miles, the road becomes Birch Hill Road. Stay on Birch Hill Road until you come to T-intersection at McConnell Rd. Turn right onto McConnell road and travel 1.5 miles to VT-73. (When travelling this route North to South, look for a cemetery immediately before the turn onto Birch Hill Rd). VT-73, also known as Brandon Gap, is paved. Ride a nice twisty section of pavement for 2.1 miles until you see Town Hill Rd on the left. At the intersection, there is a sign for Goshen, the Blueberry Area and the Green Mountain National forest. Take the left onto Town Hill Road. Watroba’s General Store -- on VT-73 just before the turn onto Town Hill Road – has creemee’s, food and a nice outdoor eating area with picnic tables and umbrellas. Town Hill Road becomes Carlisle Hill Road, which becomes the Goshen Road (a.k.a. Forest Road 32). For the next 9 miles, you will be surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. The Moosalamoo Recreational Area is 16,000 acres of forest, hiking trails, camping, and lakes. There is no off-road riding within the boundaries of the Recreational area. After 3.7 miles on the Goshen Road, you will come to the Blueberry Hill Inn. The Inn was built in the 1800’s and sits in a picturesque setting, at the foot of Romance Mountain (seriously). The inn hosts many special events, so reservations are strongly recommended if you’d like to stay over night here. There are two campgrounds within the Moosalamoo area. The Silver Lake Campground is on Silver Lake Road – a two mile side trip off our route (approximately 2.4 miles from the VT-73 junction). The campground is a small primitive campground that requires .6 mile hike from the parking area. There is no fresh drinking water at the campground, so plan ahead if you want to stay there. The Moosalamoo Campground is located on the Goshen Road, 6.5 miles from the junction with VT-73. The campground has 19 campsites in a wooded setting, along a campground loop road. There is drinking water and vault toilets at the campground. The Voter Brook Overlook, located off the Moosalamoo Campground road, has fine views of the Lake Champlain Valley and Adirondacks and is a worthy side trip, even if you have no plans to stay at the campground. There are several picnic tables there and it makes an excellent lunch spot. The Gosham Dam, 4.8 miles from the VT-73 junction, is also an excellent side trip. The dam creates a tranquil lake with swimming and you can walk out across the top of the dam. The narrow side road that leads to the parking area can be loose and rocky and more closely resembles at class 4 road than a groomed road. Use care, as cars travelling in the opposite direction usually drive in the middle of the road. The Goshen road ends, after 9 miles of dirt, on VT-125, a great paved road. Take a left onto VT-125 and head west approximately .7 of a mile and turn right onto Natural Turnpike Road (Forest Road 59). The Natural Turnpike starts out paved, but eventually becomes a well groomed class-4 road before ending in Lincoln. To follow the Natural Turnpike, bear left at the fork with Peddler Bridge Road and head up the hill. After approximately 3.5 miles you will come to a fork at Steam Brook Road. The Natural Turnpike is the left fork. The Natural Turnpike becomes South Lincoln Road. Follow South Lincoln Road until you reach the pavement on East River Road/Lincoln Gap Road. Turn Left onto East River Road and ride into the center of Lincoln. The Lincoln General store, in Lincoln center, sells food and drinks, but no gas. Turn right at the store onto Quaker Street (paved; becomes dirt). Follow Quaker Street .8 to Downingsville Rd. Take a right onto Downingsville Road and follow it for 5.1 miles. You will see the Jerusalem Country Store and VT-17 on your right. Take a right and ride the short connector road to VT-17. The Jerusalem Country Store has food and gas. Take a right turn onto VT-17 and travel .4 mile. Take a Left turn onto Robert Young Road. Follow Robert Young Road 1.9 miles to Upper Meehan Road. Take a right onto Upper Meehan Road and follow it to a T-intersection with Meehan Road. Take a right onto Meehan Road. Follow Meehan Road to Ireland Road. Take a left onto Ireland Road and follow it to VT-116. Take a right onto VT-116 and travel 2.6 miles on pavement to the center of Starksboro. There is a general store in Starksboro, but no gas. Take a right turn onto Big Hollow Road and ride steeply up the hill. Ride 4.2 miles on Big Hollow Road. Take a slight right turn onto Shaker Mountain Road. As you crest over the high point on Shaker Mountain Rd, there are fine views of Camels Hump and the Huntington River valley. Follow Shaker Mountain Rd to the Huntington Main Road. Turn left onto the Huntington Main Road. Travel .8 mile to Huntington Center (Fire Station; Town Offices; no store or gas) and turn right onto Camels Hump Road. Travel .6 mile on Camels Hump Road and turn left at the farm onto Taft Road and ride steeply uphill. Ride until Taft Road hits a T-intersection with East Street. Turn left onto East Street and follow it 1.6 miles to Huntington Village. Beaudry’s Store in Huntington village has food, creemee’s and gas. This ends part-1 of the Dirt Road Highway. The next section takes us from Huntington to Stowe on dirt roads. Map Pittsford to Lincoln Lincoln to Huntington Main Rd Huntington Main Rd to Huntington Center