There used to be an annual ride from New Hampshire to New York in Southern VT, all one trails...anyone know if it's still done?

On 7/3/07, Jumpin_Jimmy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Every year there is a road ride on the day of the summer solstice (taking
advantage of the most daylight). They start around dawn on route 100 at the
canadian border, and ride until they hit the mass border on that same road.
They call it "the 100 200" as it is something like 200 miles on route 100...

I have thought about the dirt version of that for a while. My guess would be a
combo of local knowledge (bike shops for one) the snow-machine trail network
(V.A.S.T. maps) dirt roads, etc. As far as I know, this would be a 1st time
someone had done this...

On Sat, 30 Jun 2007 18:39:05 +0000, Alex Friend <[log in to unmask]>

>jj, nice lyrical ode to Vermont. So what are we doing typing on a day as
gorgeous as today?
>Carless, I'm going to ride from my house in Burlington and do the Mud Pond
loop in Williston this afternoon, if anyone wants to join me.
>I'm also ready to ride from Quebec to Massachusetts, without suspension.
Can we do it in sections, or does it have to be a through-ride?
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Jumpin_Jimmy [mailto: [log in to unmask]]
>>Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 01:28 PM
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] ot: mtbvt-l, East Side v. West Side -- another go
>>I vividly remember the first time I saw a mountain bike. It was in '85 on the
>>Campus, right before graduation. It made an impression, as I was then riding
a orange day-
>>glo spray-can paint-jobbed one-speed schwinn cruiser. That MTB looked
cool. I rode it. I
>>loved it. I wanted one, but had to wait for THE JOB.
>>THE JOB wasn't in a bank like my mom was as a bike messenger
in Boston. I
>>bought that first MTB in late 1985...for($300)! to do the messenger gig.
Somehow, I
>>messengered in B-town 2 freakin years...stayed alive and (mostly) unhurt,
and learned how
>>to ride and how to fix bikes.
>>Rode the streets mostly, but made it out to the Fells and around Mass for
some trail riding.
>>Left Boston, but kept riding and messengering...while in grad school, I did
short stints
>>delivering by bike in Burlington, and Boulder CO. Rode urban style and trail.
Got into
>>racing...raced at Eldora ski area, Denver Colorado, Burke, Pico, etc.
>>Made my living as a mechanic spinning wrenches at area shops for a few
years after coming
>>home to VT. Rode with the shop rats. Went on some MTB trips. Spent four
summers riding
>>MTB in Italy...Rode over the Alps from Italy to Switzerland on my Kona. Got
my bike shorts
>>ripped completely off once in a fall MTBing in Italy, that time on my old Fat
Chance..Did a
>>few days out in Utah at Moab. Had a weekly MTB column in the Burlington
Free Press for a
>>summer or so in the Early 1990's. Put on the first mtb race at catamount.
Ridden everything
>>from fixed gears to high wheelers to low riders; restored a few old bikes.
>>But where in my experience has the riding better? East or West? I have to
say none of my
>>riding has shown me a better, more consistently changing and challenging
place to ride MTBs
>>than VT. The west coast stuff I have ridden was largely dry, rocky type
riding devoid of root
>>systems, log hops, protective hardwood foliage, water crossings, etc. All
those features are
>>consistently present in VT. Likewise we ride here without the elevation
issues, federal/
>>private land use issues, thorn problems, user restrictions, wild animal
problems, and
>>blasting heat and sun characterized by the rapidly growing, dry areas of the
West. Plus, all
>>4-wheelers are now by law excluded from any private property they don't
have written
>>permission to drive on. Yeah!
>>In VT, we benefit from centuries of bridle paths, footpaths, old county
roads, and 4x4 roads
>>that cross over the ridges and hills, conncecting dirt roads with more
trailage on the other
>>side. In general, we can pedal anywhere there isn't a no tresspassing sign.
Those signs are
>>really quite rare, so we can ride on almost any trail we care to explore. We
ride a always
>>changing, constantly evolving temperate rain forest trail system supported
by open
>>boundaries, with organized trail building, where private property doesn't
mean "keep out."
>>I am sure, if it hasn't been done, it would be possible and fun to ride from
the Canadian line
>>to Massachusetts on this network of dirt and trail, winding through ancient
villages, cutting
>>across old farms, over stony ridges, through gloaming forests, past misty
hollows, around
>>abandoned cellar holes, by lost ponds, lost in the green cool comfort of a
forest...all without
>>paying a user fee, seeing a park ranger, riding on posted land, or dealing
with over
>>developed sprawling mega communities of air-conditioned cookie cutter
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