Time for a recap of our New England bike route. As you can see from the map, we came up the west side of Vermont, then cut across the state to Lake Willoughby. After our wonderful week there, described in our last post, it was time to make for the shore. We came through this way in 1995 and explored many of the classic passes of northern New England: Smuggler's Notch, Kinsman's Notch, the Kankamagus Highway, Crawford Notch and Evans Notch. Our tandem friends Janet and Steve had already explored the first of these, and decided to do Kinsman's and "The Kank" on the way to Maine. We opted to take a different route through a part of northern New Hampshire we hadn't seen, allowing us to revisit Evans Notch, our favorite. Our separate routes reconverged in Fryeburg Maine.
These New Englanders are renowned for their practicality and frugality. Why waste a perfectly good roof on a covered bridge, only covering the bridge? With the harsh winters they get up here, we're sure it makes perfectly good sense to put the town's mailboxes under that roof as well.
As noted above, we took this route to enjoy Evans Notch a second time. Unlike its famous neighbors Franconia, Crawford and Pinkham Notches, routes that were heavily travelled even before Henry Ford started tinkering with gasoline engines, Evans Notch was unexplored until the CCC built a road through here in the '30s. It hasn't changed in 80 years. It is so quiet, only 2 cars passed us in the 15 miles up and over the main part of the pass! It didn't have the bright yellows with touches of red and orange that adorned the forest 15 years ago when we were here in late September, but it was beautiful nonetheless.