May 23, 2016
Signs, benches and trail info doodads are now in place behind the Waterbury State Office Complex. We even saved from the storm the big old Greenpath signs and have them back in action - 23 years and counting!
Another post Irene item checked off the list. Just a couple more big ones to go, should have news on these others shortly.
May 8, 2016
Got a chance to watch some of the kayak slalom-ing on the Winooski just downstream from the hydro dam in East Montpelier. Pretty neat, especially when they have to spin around and come back through a gate paddling upstream.
Once the Winooski River bridge and new trail are built, people could have a front row seat for this annual event from the Cross Vermont Trail.
May 5, 2016
Green Up the rail trail - in the Afternoon!
2 PM on Saturday. After all the boring road side stuff is done, we're meeting at Kettle Pond in Groton State Forest, on Rte 232. Working up and down the railbed from there.
Bring a bike if you like, we can shuttle folks back to cars if needed.
Nice day, trail looks in pretty good shape. Last year we finished clearing old trash from the "traditional" dump sites, and nothing new has been added since then - hurray! This year, just a steady stream of beer cans and bottles, with the occasional empty pack of Maverick cigarettes. Filled a 30 gallon contractor bag from Stillwater Brook west to Marshfield Depot.
Except - once more the return of "blue tarp asphalt shingles guy." I'm just assuming it's a guy. Whoever, they neatly bundle shingles in knotted blue tarps then slide them down steep banks off the railbed. Why steep spots? It'd be much easier to clean if they tossed things down gradual banks. So it goes.
Also noticed that the beaver dam west of Lanesboro has gotten taller than the railbed. Pretty dramatic. Some water leaking through and puddling on the bed. Aren't beavers supposed to compulsively patch those leaks? Perhaps we need more industrious beavers, more tenacious and committed. Perhaps public shaming will motivate them.
April 21, 2016
Gearing up for Spring.
February 7, 2016
Helping to spread the word that there's a football game on tv today.
And then, later in the week, a public brainstormimg meeting to look at the draft "active transportation" plan for the Mad River Valley. Whose up for thinking of ways to move the Cross Vt Trail off of Rte 2, in Moretown?
MRV Moves Pubic Meeting/Workshop February 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 4335 Main St, Waitsfield.
Connect with the planning process at: mrvmoves.org/.
February 7, 2016
So, another year with no Bears in the Super Bowl, leaving me plenty of time to spend absorbing transportation statistical studies. 1985 was such a high water mark for many reasons. But, now it's time to think about the future.
Vermont's Transportation Board has just released a report entitled "The Decline of Driving."
* Nationally, historically, from 1945 to 2008, miles driven per year always went up in the US, but since then, have gone consistently down, while biking, walking and public transit use have all increased.
*And, even bigger headline, this trend is greater in Vermont than the national average, even though we're a rural state, with winters (most years).
But MY HEADLINE — after digging into the report — is that $4 per gallon gas and the great recession are not the only reason for the decline in driving during this period. It's a big reason, sure. However, the report cites UVM's Transportation Research Center as saying that we can add to it another, underlying reason — an actual change in the underlying preferences people in Vermont have for how we want to get around. (This is the "maybe we've got ourselves our movement" takeaway, fingers crossed.)
Synthesizing all these studies, seeing the big picture; it's starting to look like progress. Now, let's see how we can do on 3rd down conversions.
More about Transportation Board and full text of the report: tboard.vermont.gov/
And link to many more studies at UVM Transportation Research Center (who knew there was such a thing?): www.uvm.edu/trc
January 23, 2016
Blog post for a snowy evening. The Perfect Fatbike Overnight from the folks at Bike Recycle Vt/Old Spokes Home. I really like the writing in this one.
Interested in making your own perfect fat bike trip? Get all the info on what trails are open: State of Vt official winter fatbiking maps.
January 21, 2016
Are you nosey?
We've made a resolution to spend this year carrying out a state wide count of how many people are using trails in the Cross Vermont network - using special scientific methodologies (aka, pencil and paper).
Interested to hang out at a trailhead for a few hours at some point this year? With a clipboard and (optional) a white lab coat? Give a call to learn more!
Or if you prefer more vigor in your volunteering, join in some trail clearing. We're headed out weekly this winter, to cut back brush and clear blowdowns.
See more details about all our volunteer opportunities.
January 1, 2016
First Day Hike 2016: a beautiful hike up Spruce Mountain in Plainfield. We saw Noyes Pond through the misty snow swirls and we had a quick lunch on top. We heard chickadees and golden crowned kinglets. We saw red and gray squirrels and the tracks of ruffed grouse and deer.
December 27, 2015
At least solstice was snowy. Been trail building right up to the end of the year.
November 30, 2015
"Give Thanks" says the hat. Pretty good hat. Norwich University students helped out again this Fall, taking time from their Thanksgiving break to build erosion control check dams on conserved land along the Cross Vt Trail corridor. "Kapow - take THAT erosion!"
November 23, 2015
Working up some small bridges on the East Montpelier Trail - and an appetite (just in time on both counts).
November 13, 2015
Making some turnpike on the East Montpelier Trail near Mallory Brook, thanks to Norwich University "day of service" participants.
October 20, 2015
Cold Brook Path officially opens to four season non-motorized use, in Marshfield. Full size map.
September 23, 2015
National Community Conservation Corps ("the New Civilian Conservation Corps") spent two weeks helping out on the trail in September. Many thanks to the Raven One NCCC crew out of Baltimore - just like the original CCC Boys, but with more earrings I suspect.
August 31, 2015 (after dark)
And a parting shot from volunteer April Copeland - Kettle Pond beneath starry skies.
August 31, 2015
Photos from this summer's trail crew volunteers. Working to make the spur trail between the Montpelier-Wells River Trail Trail and Kettle Pond. Thanks everyone!
July 30, 2015
Once more to the breach on the rail trail in Groton, south of Rickers Mill. Now, with more smooth.
July 13, 2015
Thanks to the strong Vermont Youth Conservation Corps crew upgrading the Telephone Line Trail in Groton State Forest! They've just wrapped on 3 weeks of great work.
Folks from CVTA helped support the crew, in our ongoing effort to be a part of the partnership helping to build out the multi-use trail network in the State Forest, of which the Cross Vermont Trail on the railbed is a central piece. We'll be out there more in August and September. Local volunteers can make a difference by joining in for as little as a few hours - give a call to learn more . . .
July 12, 2015
Pleasant day at the Central Vt Cycling Tour "sun date". See you next year for the return of the big event, June 26, 2016!
June 25, 2015
Fixing "the puddle" south of Rickers Mill, yesterday.
At Milepost 12 on the Montpelier - Wells River Railroad (which is a little over 12.5 miles from WR on the XVT cue sheet, Map #3).
June 17, 2015
Popped up along the trail this week. If it's not in the Vermont Invasive Exotic Plant Fact Sheet Series, I'll be at a loss to identify.
June 11, 2015
Prizes announced for big (little) drawing at 6/28 Central Vermont Cycling Tour and CVTA Annual Mtg.
- Prize drawing open to all riders and picnickers and cheerers on:
- GRAND PRIZE
- Four season unlimited trail family pass at Kingdom Trails.
- Gift Certificates
- Sarducci's Italian Restaurant, Montpelier.
- Skinny Pancake, Montpelier.
- Positive Pie, Montpelier.
- Caledonia Spirits, Hardwick.
- And free registrations for upcoming bike tours.
- Champlain Islands Bike Tour, 7/11/15.
- Champ's Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis, 7/19/15.
Drawing is at 2 PM. You don't need to be present to win, so ride at your own pace, content in the knowledge that a prize MAY be awaiting you at the finish line. Or a consolation piece of blueberry pie, either way.
June 5, 2015
National Trails Day on the Cross Vermont Trail
Saturday June 6, 2015; 9 - Noon.
Two exciting locations for your location excitement twoness.
PLAINFIELD: Meet at the Park and Ride in the village, and we'll car pool to work site from there.
NEWBURY: Wells River Conservation Area Trails. Meet at Blue Mt. Union, and we'll walk down to the trails from there.
Plus, you know, it's national - lots of options. www.nationaltrailsday.org.
Or maybe you want to change things up and enjoy a quiet NTD at home without all the decorations and commercialization? Want to simplify? Come out on a different Saturday morning instead - we'll be working all summer - give a call to find out where each week.
May 29, 2015
View of Camels Hump from bike path in South Burlington; beneath the moons of Mars.
May 23, 2015
Freshly graded trail in Groton State Forest, season officially opens. Thanks to folks at Vt State Parks!
I was second person to make tracks here yesterday. They used to say no one remembers second place, but that was before the internet.
May 11, 2015
(Seen today while hanging posters for this year's Central Vermont Cycling Tour - at the Adamant Coop, a stop on the tour.)
May 3, 2015
"No Parking - street cleaning" says the sign on Lanesboro Rd. Even a joke sign is right once a year.
Beautiful sunny Green Up Day with Cross Vermont Trail folks yesterday in Groton, Peacham and Marshfield.
April 30, 2015
Green Up Day on XVT.
It'll be like on of those trendy gravel grinders, but slower, and with trash bags. And slower.
Meet Saturday May 2, 9 AM at Kettle Pond in Groton State Forest. We'll work our way up the railbed west towards Marshfield.
April 26, 2015
215 riders at the Muddy Onion.
Fun time today, big crowd!
April 4, 2015
Muddy Onion Spring Classic Gravel Grinder.
Just a few weeks away! (Hopefully things don't dry out by then. Or stay frozen. This is a real Scylla and Charybdis.) April 26, starting in Montpelier. A 34-mile, supported bike ride with plenty of beautiful views and beautiful climbs. It's a fund raiser for Cross Vermont Trail "Build the Bridge!", and is being run by Onion River Sports. Full details at ORS.
March 14, 2015
Fun morning last Sunday at the First in Fitness indoor cycling marathon. We raised over $1,000 to help "Build the Bridge!" Folks were working hard, three hours without a downhill to coast on. But, it seemed to go by fast. I especially like that the music mix included one Waylon Jennings song. Next year I say let's just put on "Dreaming My Dreams" and let it play through? There's a little write up at the FIF Facebook page.
February 24, 2015
Updated: Video posted to VPT website or on youtube.
See the VPT "Outdoor Journal" segment about the annual Cross Vermont Trail Foliage ride from Kettle Pond to Wells River, following a boy who rides the 15 mile section of the trail for the first time. (And, as I recall, had to take notes for a school paper about it as well. Let's see if that makes it into the clip. Notetaking is usually my favorite part.)
We're on TV tonight. That's the big time. Tuesday Feb 24 7:30 PM on Vermont Public Television's "Outdoor Journal".
The guys from VPT joined us last September for the Fall Foliage Tour. There was at least one epic crash caught on film I know; let's see if they can sneak that one past the insurance companies and get it on the air.
February 16, 2015
Big new map just published for trails in Richmond, put together by the town trail committee. You can get a real copy at the Richmond town offices, or we've posted up a pdf on the CVTA maps page.
February 10, 2015
December 22, 2014
Celebrate the New Year in the fresh air!
Join us on a First Day Hike. We're meeting Jan 1, at 10 AM, at the parking area for the Long Trail on the Duxbury Road in Bolton - for an easy going, family friendly hike which will explore for glimpses of the little wonders of life in the winter forest.
For details, and for a listing of all the First Day hikes statewide, go to the Vt State Parks events calendar.
December 7, 2014
Thursday, December 11 - Onion River Sports movie night at the Savoy in Montpelier. Proceeds to benefit the Cross Vt Trail. Thanks guys! Doors open at 5:30, movie rolls a little after 6 PM. Details: at the ORS Facebook.
November 22, 2014
Big night. Over 100 people gathered Saturday 11/22 and it was good time. We raised $14,000 to help "Build the Bridge." Good start!
Thank you to everyone, and please help spread the word . . .
November 14, 2014
November 3, 2014
You are cordially invited to the Cross Vermont Trail Association’s Build the Bridge Campaign kick-off at Vermont College of Fine Arts chapel; Saturday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m.
SEE the world’s best skiers and riders revel in Alaska’s most awe-inspiring terrain in the adventure film The Dream Factory produced by Teton Gravity Research.
WIN raffle prizes from Onion River Sports and Mad River Glen.
Raffle tickets can be purchased during the evening.
SUPPORT the CVTA’s work to build a foot and bike bridge across the Winooski and extend the trail from Montpelier far into East Montpelier.
TASTE good food & drink: Refreshments will include a cash bar with beer from Three Penny Taproom, and light snacks of Vermont food specialties.
LISTEN: To some brief presentations about the bridge project.
$20 for adults, $10 for 16 and under, and $45 for a family of four.
The chapel is on the second floor of College Hall; the entrance faces College Avenue. Free parking available on the green or at any college lot. For more information, contact us any time.
September 27, 2014
Lakes and leaves. Burgers and cobbler.
What a day for a foliage ride (and coleslaw powered celebration of the goal of stringing together trails to connect the full length of the Wells River.)
September 7, 2014
Many smiles at Montpelier Alive fair yesterday - it was fun to run the Dunk Tank, and to get a chance to spread the word a little more about building the bridge - tying the Montpelier bike path into the Cross Vermont Trail to East Montpelier, Groton, and across Vermont.
September 5, 2014
Last but not loafing in the summer 14 recap - many thanks to all the folks who camped out and spent several weeks making trail with us all during August. We took another swing at building out the multi-use trail network in Groton State Forest - it's really starting to come together there - the arc of history is long but it bends towards an awesome trail network. You can help - jump into an upcoming crew or give us a call about when your group or club might like to help out - I'll bet we can find a good project!
And happy to be tying a ribbon on some 2011 storm rebounding as well. We've spent the last few years partnered with East Montpelier Trails helping to recover the hard hit Mallory Brook Trail and the work there is now DONE. Justifying rare use of all caps, to boot. Thanks to all the helpers and trail crew members from: East Montpelier community, East Montpelier Troop #742, Spaulding, U32, Norwich University, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Northfield Savings Bank, Volunteers for Peace, American Hiking Society, Green Mountain United Way, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. See you on the trail! Photo gallery at Facebook, where else?.
Been a busy summer for volunteer projects. Happy to be returning, some of the time, to regular maintenance work, after scrambling on storm damage so much in recent years. Newbury Elementary School teachers helped stain a fence along the trail in Wells River. And folks from Northfield Savings Bank along with Green Mountain United Way provided some TLC for a fence along the trail corridor in East Montpelier.
Boy howdy that summer went by fast. The Central Vermont Cycling Tour last June was a big success happy to report - there was even some hula hooping in deed. More photos and informal results are posted at the event page. See you next year! Or sooner, perhaps - Fall Foliage Bike Ride is coming up Saturday September 27. Meeting at Kettle Pond, 9:30 AM for an easy going cruise on the rail trail followed by a cookout in Wells River.
September 5, 2014
Montpelier Alive has asked us to run the Dunk Tank at their 15th anniversary party on State Street tomorrow. I think that means they trust us - to DUNK people. And sometimes that's enough? Anyway, looking forward to helping celebrate Downtown Montpelier, Sat Sept 6 starting 4:30 PM on State Street. It's a carnival.
CVTA will be 15 years old as well, in a couple months. One more year and we can drive (not that we want to.)
August 19, 2014
Summer volunteer trail crew season - in full swing.