A Thousand Miles of Memorial Day

A Thousand Miles of Memorial Day

Chris Lesser

Trees. They grow 'em tall in New Hampshire

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Taking custody of the '62 Shasta.

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East Burke Sports is one of the coolest bike shops in the country. Having 100 miles of trail out the back door sure doesn't hurt, either.

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East Burke Sports' employees missed the memo.

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Spied through the shop window: A coin-operated bike wash. Why don't more bike shops have these?

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Until the chairlifts start running for the summer season, a dump truck stands in. Welcome to Vermont.

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Shuttles only take a few minutes, and you don't need proper eye protection as long as you have a cool mohawk.

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Just a short section of Jester, Burke Mountain's premier downhill trail, built with love, creativity and an industrial excavator.

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A little ripper proving that you don't need to be any particular height to enjoy this carnival ride.

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The sun sets on Day One over Burke Mountain's dormant chairlift.

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On the morning of Day Two, I installed the RockShox fork and finally finished the bike build, just in time for a ride at the Kingdom Trails.

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A rare chance to catch my breath, and a photo, when our group stopped to check a Kingdom Trails map. With more than 100 miles of singletrack, it's not hard to get lost.

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Welcome to Burlington, VT, where a typical stand at the weekend farmers market has been constructed from 16 recycled bike frames and uses solar power to run its juicer. Organic, of course, and just $4 for a carrot-apple-ginger.

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Church Street in Burlington is full of them.

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Darling Hill Road in East Burke, Vermont.

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For the weekend, anyway, this was home. It looks small, but it has a bathroom, full kitchen with three-burner gas range and oven, and a queen-sized bed when the two couches and coffee table aren't in use.

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Some folks take this trailer park thing more seriously than othersto the point of keeping the lawn mowed and putting in a permanent garden. With a lakefront view, it's hard to argue against setting up shop for the summer.

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Nothing like having the lake to yourself for a mid-morning paddle.

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Never too early for a Long Trail Ale.

This great little hike affords views of Crystal Lake and Lake Willoughby. Or, it would have if it wasn't closed due to Peregrine falcon nesting.

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The beauty of stand-up paddleboarding is that you can do it anywhere. And the beauty of SUP'ing in Lake Willoughby is that the water's only knee-deep for 50 yards, making it a great place to practice. Just don't expect to hit the bottom past the beachthe lake's 300 feet deep at its center.

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Engine light, check. Overheating motor, check. Not even making the speed limit because I'm dragging an aerodynamics-defying 1,000-pound camper, check.