Burlington Waterfront Bikeway
If you're a runner like me, a walker, a biker or an inline skater, you are going to love the Burlington Waterfront Bikeway. It is a paved rails-to-trails path with incredible views of the Lake Champlain waterfront. Here are some links to check out for more information:
TrailLink.com - Photos & Descriptions
Local Motion I had so much fun at the Vermont Expos baseball games, shopping at the Church Street Marketplace and just wandering around the University of Vermont campus, but the ultimate for me was the early morning runs on the Burlington Waterfront Bikeway. For most of my runs, it was just me and the path (and the mosquitos - don't forget to bring bug spray because those things are HUGE and they're HUNGRY).
Clean Air and Beautiful Views
The slow pace or going where you want and doing what you want while taking your time. No rushing! We even went to a park concert right up the street, sat on a park bench and listened to a local band. Many families were there enjoying the music as well ... using their lawn chairs, blankets or a bench. It was nice!
Here's a view of Lake Champlain at Sunset , altho the reflection from the window shows up, you can still see the view from the Radisson Hotel that we had. Getting up each morning and taking a stroll to the Pedestrian Mall and Marketplace on Church Street. No traffic ... just walk from place to place. We would stop for breakfast at a different place each morning and then visit some shops before going back to the Hotel and planning our afternoon or evening. Very relaxing!
The Pedestrian Mall on Church...
The Pedestrian Mall on Church Street in downtown Burlington. This 1/4 mile long area is secured for pedestrians only and has tons of shops, restaurants, and stores. Put your car away in a parking garage, walk down the stairs and you're in the midst of a very special place. You'll see families, struggling artists, magicians, painters, musicians, and people of all types and personalites. It is within walking distance (10 minutes) of beautiful Waterfront Park. My favorite place from April-October is Waterfront Park. It has 900 feet of lakeshore, a boardwalk, and benches make this a great place to sit and watch some of the beautiful sunsets that Burlington has to offer. The waterfront also has access to the Bike Path, a festival site, which is host to a number of major events throughout the year, and a two
lane boat launch.
The bike path is a 7-mile wide beautifully paved track for bikers, joggers, and skaters. During the summertime, it is nearly impossible to get a parking spot here because of the popularity of the events. You'll have to park in downtown Burlington (10 minutes up the street).
Be prepared for sudden changes in weather: Lake Champlain is right nearby and can create unexpected changes, while the fact that you're well to the north of Vermont and not far from the mountains also have an impact. Expect snow earlier and later than further south, and it's never any harm to throw an umbrella in your car before you leave!
Wht is a hill climb?
Simply put; a hill climb is a timed event where you race from the bottom to the top of a hill/mountain. These are solo events meaning only one vehicle at a time with your best time determining your standings. The vehicles can be cars, gokarts, motorcycles ... Why is this an extreme sport; well you will just have to read my travelogue to find out! Something that goes fast up a hill.