Five A.M. alarms. Waking up the kids. Packing some snacks and all the gear into the car. Another sip of coffee before confirming that everyone has their helmets for mountain biking. The kids fall quickly back asleep moments after pulling out of the driveway, and you’re off toward the mountains.
This is our life, weekend after weekend, all winter long. Now that the warmer months are upon us, you kind of sadistically miss it. Good news: It’s time to pack the car and get away this weekend as a family to explore some of New England’s finest cycling destinations.
For years when I was a child, our family would shift focus with the seasons. Winter was for skiing, and summer, well, summer was for adventures driving off to somewhere new where we could ride our bikes either along the coast, in the mountains or along some of the most beautiful valleys and forests. From mountain biking at Killington, to pedaling along the bike paths in Acadia National Park, there were plenty of spots my family and I would go to explore.
Now as a father I am off to great places with my own family exploring bike paths, rural routes, rail trails, singletrack and bike parks throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Let me share some of our favorites …