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Another sunny day
The next day begins with sunshine — two days in a row! — and we decide to tack on a loop around nearby Isle La Motte, which lives up to its promise of empty roads and nonstop views out over the lake.
We arrive at the site of the Chazy Reef just as it begins to drizzle, so we stop for a minute at Fisk Farm, next door. The sign outside advertises the art barn and Sunday tea and concert series. Thirty minutes before concert time, the audience is an older couple and their aging yellow Labrador, who wags his tail at us before flopping back onto the deck. I sympathize. In the rain and with 20-plus miles to pedal until we reach the ferry, this side trip seems less appealing than it had over croissants and coffee. We spare a few moments to check out the reef — is that a mollusk? maybe a gastropod? — then head south.
We’re parking our bikes at a picnic table outside Hero’s Welcome general store in North Hero when the rain begins in earnest. A bit later, we arrive back at the ferry wet, a little chilled, and having missed the last two planned stops of the day — Grand Isle Art Works and Snow Farm Vineyard. Dinner at the Blue Paddle will also have to wait for another day.
But as we joy-ride over on the ferry to see Matt and Emma safely on their way, it’s hard to feel as if we’ve missed much of anything.