Sometimes an unplanned trip on the BMW is the most fun.
Mike and I both finished work early, the sun was shining, and it was Friday afternoon. Time for a ride! Mike read an article in BMW ON about Lynde Motorsports in Brattleboro, VT. We live about 45 miles from Brattleboro, and it's a beautiful ride through the mountains. The shop was holding an open house during Brattleboro's Gallery Walk and it sounded like fun - and it was!
The ride over to Brattleboro takes us up Bromley Mountain on Routes 11/30, then on Route 30 by Stratton Mountain and through the lovely mountain towns of Jamaica and Newfane. Route 30 is a gem on a bike!
As we headed into Brattleboro along the Connecticut River, it started to sprinkle. My new high-vis yellow jacket was up to the rain, even without the waterproof lining. The sun came out, and we rode directly toward a rainbow that lit up the sky across the mountains.
Brattleboro always has a lot of activity and something interesting going on. We weren't disappointed on this trip: the streets were packed with people visiting the shops and galleries. When we pulled onto Flat Street near Lynde Motorsports, we were met by a sea of bikes.
This is our bike on the end. Even though it rained on and off, everyone was in great spirits. A band was setting up, adding to the festive atmosphere. Of course I was hungry, and Rigani wood-fired pizza came to our rescue.
They brought their portable wood-fired pizza oven and baked pizzas to order. Delicious! We followed the pizza with fantastic ice cream from the Newfane Cafe and Creamery. We've passed by the Creamery often, but never stopped. It's now on my 'must stop for ice cream' list.
While we enjoyed the pizza and ice cream, we talked bikes with the folks wandering around and saw another rainbow, this one right over downtown Brattleboro. Two rainbows in one evening has to mean something special.
I haven't been on the bike at dusk yet this summer, and the ride home reminded me how beautiful this time of day can be. We kept an eye out for deer who might want to cross the road in front of us, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. An impromptu decision to go for a ride turned into rainbows, very cool bikes, a friendly and helpful bike shop, excellent food, and the opportunity to experience local art. Perfect!