BMB Permanent 2011

Relive the Magic!

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Camera

You will need to take a picture of yourself in front of the Royal Legion Hall in  Huntington, Ontario. A digital camera would be ideal. If not, may I suggest a disposal camera.

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What went wrong

1. The Middlebury Gap – Watch for wildlife, especially at sunrise and sunset. You may see moose in the swampy areas. I don’t know if they’ll charge, but I’m giving them lots of room. My friend Gerry Goode hit a racoon one year and crashed.

2. Still on the Middlebury Gap – If you get there after dark like I do, once you cross the summit, don’t go charging down the other side. Watch for pot holes. Don’t outrun your lights.

3. Losing your brevet card would result in total mission failure. Don’t put it in your back pocket. Guard it with your life.

That was then; this is now.

Q: I rode BMB as a randonnee. How will it be different as a permanent?

A: BMB as a permanent is a self supported ride. Having said that, there are hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, and other services along the way.

Riders are required to obtain proof of passage at the designated checkpoints. This could mean getting a receipt for something you bought or a receipt from an ATM to document your ride.

As with all brevets and permanents, personal support is allowed only at designated checkpoints. In particular, follow vehicles are strictly forbidden.

If you’re riding without vehicle support, you can carry what you need, buy it along the way, or ship it (UPS/FedEx) to your hotel.

Lodging

I’ve started a list of hotels/motels on the route.

If you have a favorite sleeping spot (maybe a post office or ATM), please let us know.

Start: Hotel Indigo, Newton, MA
Lots of information on their web site.
Very close to the intersection of 90 (The Mass Turnpike) and Rt 128.

Other hotels in the area:
Marriot 617-969-1000
Crowne Plaza 617-969-3010

Checkpt #1: 59 miles, Barre, MA
No hotels here but it’s too soon to sleep anyway.

Checkpt #2: 113 miles, Brattleboro VT
Hotels and food here. At this point you’re only 113 miles into the ride, so you’ll just be looking for food on the way north.

Motel 6 802-254-6007
Red Roof Inn 802-254-8701
Hampton Inn 802-254-5700

Checkpt #3: 168 miles, Ludlow VT
Hotels and food here. Though you could sleep in Ludlow the first night, you’d have to get up and start riding around midnight to make the next checkpoint.

Trojan Horse Guest House 802-228-5244
Best Western 802-228-8188

Checkpt #4: 234 miles, Middlebury VT
Most riders slept here during the randonnee. Some riders went on to Williston.

Marriot Courtyard

Williston (just south of Burlington, VT) Not a checkpoint, but you’ll find hotels here.

Checkpt #5: 324 miles, Rouses Point, NY
Hotels and food here. Some heart souls slept here during the randonnee on the way north.

Checkpt #6: 372 miles, Huntingdon, PQ, Canada
No sleeping facilities. In fact I don’t remember any services here except the checkpoint, the Royal Canadian Legion Hall.

Checkpt #7: 422 miles, Rouses Point, NY
Hotels and food here.

Checkpt #8: 513 miles, Middlebury VT
Hotels and food here.

Checkpt #9: 579 miles, Ludlow, VT
Hotels and food here.

Checkpt #10: 635 miles, Brattleboro VT
Hotels and food here. Lots of riders slept here the third night.

Checkpt #11: 689 miles, Barre, MA
Some convenient stores. No lodging, but I laid down on the grassy park in the center of town on the way back and fell asleep in broad daylight.

Checkpt #12: 750 miles, Hotel Indigo, Newton, MA
The end.

I started to plot these services on Google Maps. You should be able to add your own markers there as well.

Food

This may be the most mportant topic here.

Please contribute if you have a favorite place to eat en route.

I started to plot food and lodging on Google Maps. You should be able to add your own services there as well.