Feb 26 17

Itinerary: What’s What, and When!

Beth Potier

Rally headquarters: Courtyard by Marriott Hanover-Lebanon

                                     10 Morgan Drive

                                   Lebanon New Hampshire 03766

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Thursday, August 3

Early arrival day is on your own. Enjoy exploring the town of Hanover just three miles up the road from our rally headquarters. Restaurants, shops, and a wonderful bookstore on Main Street anchor the Dartmouth College campus. Check out the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Further afield, a drive to Quechee Gorge and exploration of the beautiful town of Woodstock, Vermont, may appeal. The Simon Pearce Glass Factory is a world-famous artisan glass blowing center and shop worth a visit.

We will have a few rides available if you want to stretch your legs.

 

Friday August 4

Registration and packet pick up will be available from 8 am to 7 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Those arriving ready to ride on Friday will spend most of the day in Vermont, pedaling through farmland and the quaint towns of Norwich, Pomfret, Woodstock and Quechee. We’ve mapped a few routes, but we hope most will ride what we’re calling the Polka Dot — we’ve set up some Strava segments to help you embrace the hills, and we’ll award prizes! Grab lunch (on your own) in Woodstock (toward the end of the ride).

ETR officially kicks off with the traditional ice cream social at the rally headquarters, this year featuring gelato and sorbet (we’re fancy like that). Head over to the Courtyard — 7 pm to 8:30 pm — to catch up with friends and enjoy a treat from the gelato cart.

 

Saturday August 5

Breakfast at your hotel starts at 7 am. If you are at the Residence Inn, your room key is entry to the hotel’s buffet. For those ETR participants staying at the Courtyard, bring the breakfast ticket in your packet to the hotel ballroom for a breakfast buffet.

It’s the big ride day, with rides ranging from a 35 miler to a 75-mile classic along the Connecticut River in Vermont and New Hampshire. Refuel at a rest stop at the Fairlee Town Common in Vermont, and we’ll have a water stop along the route in Lyme, N.H.

Lunch will be at King Arthur Flour’s Bakery, Café and Shop located in Norwich, Vermont. It’s just over the Connecticut River from Hanover and is a baker’s mecca and delight. If you make purchases, we will transport them back to the Courtyard. We’re almost at the end of our ride, so take your time and pop into downtown Norwich. Don’t miss Dan and Whits Country Store: They’re serious when they boast “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.”

Rest up when you get back to your lodgings. The swap meet is at the Courtyard from 3 pm on, and Mel and Barb from Tandems East will be on hand with the mobile store for all things tandem. The 2017 annual general meeting of the ETR board of directors will be held in the Courtyard Hotel ballroom at 3 pm. It is open to all attendees.

Dinner is at the Fireside Inn, located five miles down the road in West Lebanon, N.H . Festivities kick off at 5:30 pm with drinks and nibbles. Bring your drinks coupon and meal selection card with you. Save some energy and bring your dancing shoes for a traditional New England contra dance with a live band and caller. And yes, it’s true; captain Brent Bell attended his senior prom at this very place. He may just show up sporting a ruffled shirt and cummerbund.

 

Sunday, August 6

Breakfast service in the hotels from 7-9 am is followed by a leisurely rolling start to the morning rides, which go through Etna and Enfield to Mascoma Lake. Returning along the lake’s western shore, we’ll pass the Enfield Shaker Museum, home to three “families” of Shakers at its peak in the mid-19th century. Roughly five miles of this route is on the Northern Rail Trail, a packed-gravel off-road path that provides terrific views of the lake (as well as a pancake-flat respite from hills!)

Back at the Courtyard we will have a lunch buffet set up for you by 11 am.

We can’t wait to see everyone and show off this beautiful part of the states of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Expect most rides to be rolling hills with at least a few miles every day of very navigable dirt. The Saturday day rides will follow the Connecticut River but it is not flat riverside!

 

Your hosts

Beth Potier (with Triplet of Bell-ville captain Brent Bell and second stoker Holden Bell)

Susan Hollinger (with captain Dave Hollinger)

Plus aid, support, and input from the NEWTS — New England Wicked Tandem Society. Look for NEWTs everywhere!

 

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