The rain gear came off as soon as we got to the breakfast diner, about 1/2 mile away, and stayed in the saddlebags for the rest of the day. Yet, I was still soaked through-and through by the time we got to the top of the climb out of Manchester. It seems I forgot about a small detail, something they call the Green Mountains.

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My sister Lynn and her partner Jeanne met us at the top of the excruciating 15% climb from Plymouth up Route 100A. They cooked us a spectacular meal tonight, but first Brian and I went to the Long Trail Brewery (we were so close, it would have been criminal not to stop in.

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Lunch in Weston;

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Jeanne, Lynn, and Neal at Brad’s Crazy Side food stand on 100A, near Bridgewater. Brad used to own the Corners Inn Restaurant and this roadside stand is his “crazy side”.

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Me, my sister, and her beautiful garden, up Curtis Hollow Road on Old Baldy Mountain, in Bridgewater. We were picking (and immediately eating) red raspberries and black raspberries;

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Sylvia is the 12 year old Huskie-Rotweiler-wolf(?) hybrid, looking for a corn cob;

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Brian cycling up Route 100 alongside Echo Lake. There are still some damaged structures from last years Tropical Storm Irene and the repairs to the roads are plainly obvious.

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Whimsical scarecrows on Route 7A between Arlington and Manchester;

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We are headed to Peter and Sandy’s in Montpelier for Monday night. Front wheel dipping is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 4, between noon and 2:00 p.m. at East EndBeach in Portland, Maine. http://www.visitmaine.com/attractions/outdoor_recreation_sports_adventure/beaches/beaches_by_region/greater_portland_casco_bay/east_end_beach/