Escaping 4th of July chaos

393 mile(632km) trip to Mtl

For this months’ traveling we decided to escape the chaos that usually unfolds around the 4th of July celebrations in the US (note, they’re celebrating independence day, i.e. #brexit1776).
However, keeping true to our approach of not planning things too thoroughly, we of course failed to realize that our chosen escape area hosted its own set of chaos:

Canada150 day and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

On Saturday we made our way up to Montreal via the lovely VT-100 Scenic byway, stopping in Burlington and crossing into QC in Noyan/Alburgh.

(rainy and cloudy on the way up)

So we found ourselves diving into the masses in Montreal on Canada day 2017. We stayed at a little Airbnb in Saint-Henri

Some more impressions from the days

Jazz festival
Le Grand Defi (1000km bicycle race) finale area

A lot of art on the buildings in Montreal
Pulled duck poutine!!!!!

Fancy houses on Mont Royal
Metro tunnels also look fancy here (at least without people)
Chilling after walking around all day
Paper rolls during a concert

Marché Atwater

On the way back we went biking on rails 😉 


Stormy skies
Magnetic Hill — a tourist trap. Pretty much: Look at the road! 

Georgiana Falls in the White Mountains (on the way back)

And this concluded our little escape from Independence Day chaos.  We hit surprisingly little traffic on the way back and had some oysters to conclude the weekend.

Summoning Shadowfax — DirtDaze2017

Venturing into off road territory was a little bit of an adventure for me. Battling the elements with 200 miles of riding in heavy rain, only to be followed by a couple of days in hot sun and dusty trails. Both physically and mentally challenging days make for a good sleep, even in a small tent.

[Nerdy intro, skip if you want: 1.8in (4.67cm) That’s the distance between the knobs on my new off road tires (scorpion rally II). At least on the front wheel. In the rear it’s slightly more.
Incidentally this is leads to a whistle of a bout 440hz around 45 mph (~72 km/h). Since the rear wheel is slightly different, you end up with a dissonant whistle of slightly different frequencies when riding.
So while I am making my way up to DirtDaze at Lake Luzerne, my bike is trying to summon Shadowfax (Gandalf uses a whistle like that to get his attention).]

the route

I chose a nice off-highway route to get to Lake Luzerne through the down pour on Tuesday. I threw on all my rain-gear and jumped on Yuki with all my camping equipment:

Yuki ready to roll

As it turns out, my rain gear is a lot less water proof than originally advertised, or maybe they’re just not talking about 5h of riding in heavy rain… long story short, I was pretty wet by the time I got there and finally got to put up the tent. Luckily there was a little break in rain just at that moment.

tent site claimed

During the evening and night a couple of people actually showed up, so the camp site looked a bit more crowded when the sun was trying to pierce through the morning fog.

first sunrise at DirtDaze2017

The next few days blend in together a bit with two guided rides, a lesson with Jimmy Lewis, and a wide range of random running around with new friends exploring random paths through the woods.

Adirondack loop on Wednesday
an actual selfie somewhere in the Adirondacks

apparently you get dirty when off-roading!?!

new four-legged friends
… and two-legged ones
sunset and a crowded camp site
two wheeled friends

I made my way back with Kevin (different route) on a way too hot Sunday;)


On Sunday we finally took the plunge into the Charles. Well, not quite literally, as apparently the water quality is not quite something to rave about:
We made our way upwind from the Kendall kayak station to the one in Allston/Brighton (

No turtles this time around though, maybe the water was too bad.