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    Kingdom Trails VT trip report....

    Kingdom Trails Trip 7/30-8/2/09
    We finally made our first trip of the summer to Kingdom Trails. The 7 hour trip was pretty smooth and we enjoyed XM/Sirus radio all the way up. Rockin’ to the Boneyard, Octane, and Hair Nation, we caught up on our band trivia and got our fill of metal.
    Friday we woke to a steady rain and forecast for more all day until 11pm. We made the call to visit the usual sport shops and sights while waiting for it to clear up. Louis Garneau in Newport offered up an hours’ worth of interesting hunting for great bike, tri, and skiing equipment deals. Next we hit Village Sports in Newport/Orleans. The owner/rider (Jeff) talked over his latest builds: a Rocky Mountain dually and a Salsa Mamasita 29’er. Jeff was there for the beginning of our sport and he has some great experiences to relate. His shop was full of some fine examples of the sport over the year including some vintage Fat Chance, GT, and early Schwinn models. It was raining hard so we continued the “Tour” with a drive by Lake Willouby and over to the Kingdom Trails office. We hung out with KT Director Tim Tierney and 3 year KT shop girl Amy. We got the 411 on trail work, conditions for the season, new trails, and good houses to rent for groups in the future. We also had a private screening of their movie about the building of the new Kitchel free ride trail. Next we headed across the street to check out East Burke Sports. They still had some of the Santa Cruz Blur LT’s from last year as well as a new offering of Trek full suspensions for rent. I picked up some Avid Elixer Disc Brake Pads and Denis got the number for a place that could sell him the bearings he needed for his Blur. Off to Lyndon Sport after that and Kingdom Outfitters in St. Johnsbury. Back to the hotel we used the weight room, pool, and hot tubs. Thought it might be clearing up around 5pm…we began to pack for riding but shortly before we loaded the truck it rained hard. We called it a day as far as riding goes at that point and headed up to Hoagies in Lyndonville. The friendly staff took care of us including serving up some fine Hoagies Ale (Long Trail brewed special brown ale just for Hoagies). We connected w/Joan and Al who were planning on driving up from New Hampshire the 1.5hrs in the morning and set a meeting time and place for Saturday.

    Saturday weather was fantastic! We hit the trails from the East Burke Sports lot at 9am. Trail conditions were really good considering the amount of rain the area has been getting. Our route was: East Darling Road to upper lot to Darling Hill RD. t Harp t Coronary t Coronary By Pass t Bog Meadow t Coronary t Loop t Bemis t Tap N Die(re built from last year’s logging) t River Run t Webs(nice new bridge at the end of webs to cross the water formed by the beaver dam) t Border to Old Webs t Hog Back t Side Winder(still fantastic) t West Branch t Old Webs t Darling Hill RD. t Bill Magill t Heavens Bench(best Pics) t Ridge t VAST t Bill M. t Sugarhouse t Worth It t Sugarhouse t Kitchel(totally rebuilt into a roller coaster) t Herbs t East Burke Sports. 18 miles in total, pure fun. We hung out and re-fueled as well as just soaked up the scene at the trail head. Canadians outnumbered US citizens 2 to 1. Female riders were out in force! It seems that the World Cup races were being held up at Bromont just over the border in Canada and plenty of people popped down to Kingdom to enjoy the trails. 29’ers represented about a 20 to 25% total of all bikes with XC 26 rigs rounding out the rest. After about an hour we contemplated another ride since we missed Friday due to rain.
    We decided to take a second ride , our route: Mountain Rd. t Burnham Down(brand new trail) t Park Loop t Power Line t Pump Track t East Darling Hill Rd. t Sugarhouse t Kitchel(again) t VAST t East Darling Hill Rd. t Herbs . 6 miles During the rides we had one flat tire (a blowout) and 4 pretty decent rider falls.

    Late afternoon saw us making the trip up to Lake Willouby for some Glacier Lake swimming. Willouby is a must do if your into water sports…but be forewarned the water is mighty chilly. We did see a mermaid on the rocks too! Next we bee lined it for the Tamarack at Burke Mountain Lodge. Out on the deck we enjoyed cold micro brews and a good dinner. The vibe at this place has definitely changed from last year. Tamaracks is much better now with a more relaxed and fun atmosphere. For our finale we headed to St. J’s for Ice Cream (Gifford’s of Maine, great milk fat content).

    Sunday the weather was fine and we aimed for an early start to enjoy a good ride. We headed out at 8:30 from East Burke Sports lot, conditions were even better than the day before. Our route: East Darling Hill Rd. t Sugarhouse t Kitchel (yes again, it is amazing) t VAST t Sugarhouse t Beat Bog t VAST t Leatherwood t Riverwood t VAST t Culvert Cut t Darling Hill Rd. t Bill Magill t Heavens Bench t Ridge t VAST t Bill Magill t Sugarhouse t Worth It t Herbs t VAST t East Darling Hill Rd. t Sugarhouse t Kitchel (again again) t Herbs. 12 Miles total.

    The Comfort Inn in St. Johnsbury is still our choice for lodging when we don’t have enough people for a house at Burke. Consistently good service and breakfast along with large clean well appointed rooms are the order of the day. The staff is very friendly and knows their jobs well. All in all a great trip!

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    HEaded there again soon....

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    Nice. Looks like a good trip! We're headed there after Labor Day.
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