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

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 to 10 am, and from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott.

The Friday ride options will take you around town for some short leg stretchers. Meals are on your own for the day. Check out the restaurant and food guide in your registration packet!

The event officially kicks off with the traditional ice cream social at the rally headquarters. Head over to the Courtyard — 7 pm to 8:30 pm — to catch up with friends and enjoy a treat from the ice cream bar.


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. Plan to gather in front of the Courtyard hotel at 8:30 am for captain’s briefing, candid photos, and a mass start. Updates, GPS, maps and cue sheets will load onto the “rides link” June 15th. We will provide a rest stop where everyone can enjoy fluids and fuel replenishment.

Note: The NHDOT take the months of June, July and August to rip up every road they have been trying to repair! We won’t post routes until we do a late spring road check to try and assure you of relatively smooth pavement (and to minimize the cue sheet changes during the captain’s briefings)!

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 if tradition holds, 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 4:30 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 6 pm with drinks and nibbles. Bring your drinks coupon and meal selection card with you. 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. Back at the Courtyard we will have a lunch buffet set up for you by 11:30 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. 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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