We could’ve taken an Alaskan cruise or bought a Caribbean resort package on a sun-washed beach. We could’ve ridden our bikes across Nebraska or Wisconsin through thunderstorms and winds. Instead, we settled on a vacation somewhere in-between.
The Spoked household has just returned from a trip to Vermont to visit a dear friend. We drove halfway across the North American continent with our bikes swaying on the car’s rear rack, stopping along the way to cycle in special places. We kept our pledge to ride every single day for two weeks. Sometimes those rides circled hotel parking lots because of our tight schedule, but most days we were able to explore our surroundings from the seat of a bicycle.
The first morning of vacation took us on a short, simple ride around Springfield, the capital of Illinois. While we waited for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to open, we discovered that downtowns are great places to cycle early on Saturday mornings–even without bike lanes–because there’s almost no traffic. We rode past the Lincoln home and ended up at a little coffee shop where we parked our bikes on some really cool-looking racks advertising the town’s Lincoln legacy. It was a laid-back kickoff to our velo vacay. Stay tuned for a few future posts about other, bigger adventures on the trip.
Other posts in the Velo Vacay series:
- Niagara Falls (Bike New York)
- Erie Canal (Bike New York)
- Covered Bridges in Vermont (Bike Vermont)
- Champlain Islands (Bike Vermont)
- Montreal (Bike Quebec)
- On the Burlington Bike Path (Bike Vermont)
- Great Allegheny Passage (Pennsylvania Bike Trails)