Smashing Fall Colors in New England – Bike Touring Video, Part 4

Welcome to the final installment (part 4 of 4) of the video series covering our 4,000 mile bike tour in the summer of 2014. If you missed previous episodes, here are parts one, two and three. This video details our travels from upstate New York to the Atlantic Ocean in Portland, Maine.Adirondack fall colors

Everyone has an opinion about the timing for prime fall color viewing. “This coming weekend, for sure.” “Oh, you just missed them by six minutes. Bummer.” It seems like the changing leaves are a German train sticking to a tight timetable, not a process unfolding slowly in the woods. All aboard the Peak Foliage Express!

From the beginning, our bike tour goal was to hit New England in time to 1) avoid cycling in snow (Abominable Snowmen hate cyclists) and 2) smash into the explosion of colors for which the area is so famous. Somehow, it all worked out.

A perfect day along a river in the Adirondacks.

A perfect day along a river in the Adirondacks.

This was our favorite part of the tour. Crisp, cool weather coupled with scenic views that left our jaws hanging like a teenager at a strip club. It really is as good as they say. (Fall colors, people – stick with me here.)

We lucked out in other ways too. Warm Showers hosts graced us with their hospitality and we added a half dozen new friends to our lives. A guy in a coffee shop invited us back for lunch at his “camp”, which turned into a boat and plane adventure. A new buddy in Burlington is Chelsea’s new soul sister. A couple in Montpelier and their incredible adventures bike touring all over the world (four years total!) inspired us to push our limits.

New England was the perfect conclusion to a trip we’ll remember forever. The journey brought us closer together as a couple, further seared a love of adventure into our souls and inspired us for another bike tour sooner than later. Even if the fall colors are only 36 hours (pffft, we saw them into late October) and the locals can’t understand what all the fuss is about, we can’t wait to get back. I can’t recommend this area of the U.S. highly enough.

Here’s the link to the final video from our tour or just click play below. Turns out that video editing is a lot of work (I’d never done it before) and I’m glad to wrap this up. A few more photos below the video too. Enjoy, and onward!

Dakota

Ducks preen and watch a kayaker on Blue Mountain Lake.

Ducks preen and watch a kayaker on Blue Mountain Lake.

I found this funny - a short bus hiding out in the Tug Hill Wilderness in the middle of nowhere New York.

I found this funny – a short bus hiding out in the Tug Hill Wilderness in the middle of nowhere New York.

A lovely evening in Burlington, VT.

A lovely evening in Burlington, VT.

 

5 replies
  1. Jeffrey Fritts
    Jeffrey Fritts says:

    Dakota, What a great ride you guys had. Did you follow tradition and dip your front wheels in the Atlantic? Now as the weather gently guides us to our indoor trainers I think of Ray from Quebec and wonder where he is and if he is far enough south to be where it is warm. I have a Christmas present to myself in lay-away at the LBS a new Specialized Roubaix. Next season on this sub-20lb carbon wonder I will be able to keep up with the local go-fast club riders, but will still dream of long quiet tours on Miss Abby the AWOL. Any plans yet to return to the Great North-West? You can stop at my house in Walla Walla and we can ride through the wine country of the north. See you on the road…
    AK Jeff riding his AWOL

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    • Dakota
      Dakota says:

      Thanks Jeff! It was indeed an awesome time. Don’t get too used to that carbon bike! Makes jumping astride the loaded touring bike feel like riding a hippo.

      No plans at the moment to return to the NW. Weather ain’t the best there in the winter months, especially in Portland. Next time we roll through Walla Walla, we are definitely going to drop you a line and head out for a ride. If we don’t have our bikes with us, I call dibs on the Roubaix. You can ride Miss Abby. 😉

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      • Jeffrey Fritts
        Jeffrey Fritts says:

        Your always welcome at my house. The Roubaix is for training to build strength for touring…;-) Miss Abby will always be my first love.
        AK Jeff Riding for the love of the ride.

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  2. Kaylin
    Kaylin says:

    Born and raised in New England, I never got the big fuss. Then I moved away and oh how I miss the falls there. I’m so glad you caught it. Happy trails to you both!!

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