• Mary Anderson

Mary’s Cycling Challenge: Day 9

Mary Anderson is cycling through her home state of Vermont on her ebike. Her goal: to visit all 251 towns in one go.

By Mary Anderson

Day 9

Miles added: 13

Towns added: East Montpelier

Towns to date: 84

I took another nearo day, logging in only one town—East Montpelier—and lots of calories, including a large maple creamee. I did laundry and spent hours on mapping my route while I have the luxury of indoor lighting and a dry table to spread out on. Planning the route to correspond with possible places to stay—which often end up being clustered close together—is a real challenge. A shower is on my agenda after eating the lovely dinner being prepared by my hosts, Shasta and Ken. It hasn't been exactly a vacation day, but at least I have had time to catch up on some correspondence and blogging. And my crotch and legs are happy to have a rest day! Total towns to date is at 84, and I am now over the one-third mark. I rode 13 miles today and don't have the total added up.

Montpelier, Vermont, is such a great state capital. It is the smallest of all of the states yet hosts at least two independent bookstores. I believe it is the only capital without a McDonalds in it. There were lots of people walking and biking through town, though I realized that before global warming it would normally have been way too cold this time of year to lounge outside eating an evening meal.

When I went to the Hunger Mountain Coop to buy a loaf of my favorite bread (Red Hen Mad River Grain, made here in the Green Mountain State), I went in wearing my bike helmet and gloves. I had no idea it would net me the biker’s discount. How great is that! A reduced price just for riding my bike. I do love Vermont!

I've got to get back to mapping.


About Mary Anderson

When Bethel resident Mary Anderson set out to hike the southern half of the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail in the summer of 2020, nobody thought she would make it. Hikers give themselves trail names, and Mary’s was Old Lady Hiker. A few days into her solo trek, she ran into some younger hikers who decided she needed a new name. From then on, she was known as Mary Badass. In the fall of 2020, Mary began writing her story in a Korongo workshop hosted by Kimball Library in Randolph. After completing her CDT hike in September 2021, she began a new challenge: A bicycle tour of Vermont’s 251 towns. Estimated time: four to six weeks.

125 views3 comments