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    Green mountain growler gravel grinder

    Has anyone done this? It will be my first bikepacking trip. 250 miles 22,000 feet of climbing. We are doing it over the course of five days, I知 wondering what food and water to bring, we will be stopping at many towns and breweries along the way. Sleeping arrangements as well, I知 guessing we are just stopping in the woods and setting up for the night. Thanks for any info you have.
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    Nothing?! Nobody rides in Vermont?

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    Sorry, I can't help you with specifics, but I'm interested in this ride as well, or part of the XVTMBR. I've done plenty of day rides in VT, but no overnighters. My guess is you won't need to carry much in the way of food and water, as you will be passing plenty of places to resupply along the way. As far as camping, it may be hit and miss. Some sections look to be pretty secluded and it should work fine, but there's lots of farmland and such around VT that might complicate things.

    I would suggest really planning the ride and daily mileage to see where you'll end up each night. That should give you a better idea what the area is like and if it's possible to stealth camp there. I haven't looked too closely at the route, but there may also be some campgrounds along the way that you can target. Maybe setup a motel halfway through to treat yourself?

    I'm sure you've been here, but it's worth reading multiple times, also read through all the comments, as some contain valuable camping info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Credible View Post
    Nothing?! Nobody rides in Vermont?
    Regional forums might get some better response.

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    Did some of the XVT last year near there. The term " road" is kind of subjective in VT. Some washed out streams and such. Seems like a very ambitious distance per day. Ran into some really steep pitches last year, even on pave.

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    Ok, cool. I値l check out the Vermont section. I did see there are campgrounds around, I知 just putting out feelers to see what痴 up

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    The Growler Loop goes kind of around where I live, so I'm familiar with most of it, though haven't ridden it all. You will always be close to food/drink/supplies, as the root isn't that far from paved roads/towns. Camping is tricky, if you are in the national forest, there are sites and likely some other places to camp :-) There are some nice places north of Little River state campground in the Cotton Brook drainage. The private campgrounds are expensive & geared to the RV crowd, I'd sooner pick a town with a brewery & cheap motel like Morrisville. They is also camping places (not official) along most rivers, just don't get there too early in the day.

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    Thanks! Good info there. I値l def be trying to stealth camp as much as we can. Maybe ask some land owners for permission. Trying to stay out of hotels, but if we have to then it would be considered a luxury

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    I assume you've already cruised over this write up?
    Green Mountain Gravel Growler, Vermont - BIKEPACKING.com

    Looks like they did a fairly thorough job. Good luck and keep us posted!

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    yeah, you're never far away from anyone in VT, so you can get away carrying as much or little as you like really. stealth camping can be tricky because of that, but the state parks are great. Most of them have 2 night minimums, but if you show up on a bike they'll let you stay just one--Elmore is worth the detour, and little river is super nice.

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    I will be doing this as well end of July. Shooting for a light setup and staying in AirBnB's near a brewery along the way rather than camp. Taking 3.5 days...so roughly three 75 mile days. Seems like water and resupply are abundant especially if you resupply on beer. The terrain can't be too bad-I have since cross setups taking this on...I'll be on a HT...mostly because I prefer it. Some big climbs for sure...

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