Kudos to Duffy Miller for organizing and leading a great ride on the byways of Vermont while maintaining the requisite Covid-19 precautions.
We had a rainy start in Montpelier but the weather improved as we headed south towards Windsor. From Montpelier we traveled up to Middlesex where we headed south on Route 100B through Moretown. The merry band of Porsches continued south on Route 100 through Mad River, Iraville, Warren with a brief stop on the Rochester Green. From Rochester the Tour traveled on the Bethel Mountain Road over the Rochester Gap down to Route 12 South in Bethel. From there we picked up North Road that brought us past Silver Lake State Park into Barnard where we, once again, picked up Route 12 South. The path on Route 12 ran parallel to the Gulf Stream (no, not the Atlantic Gulf Stream) onwards into Woodstock where we took a short circuit around the Green. The final leg of the tour continued on Route 106 through the Kendron Valley past the Green Mountain Horse Association and finally onto Route 44 through Brownsville concluding at the Windsor Station in Windsor.
*** VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***
In addition to the usual waiver that we all sign during the tour briefings the PCA now requires that all event participants complete the Communicable Disease Waiver. This waiver must be signed by drivers AND partners and remains in force until May 15, 2021.
Please see the GMR Homepage to download and sign both waivers in advance of the July 11 tour (Berlin-Windsor). This will assist with pre-tour social distancing and help to avoid contact with pens and clipboards, and will speed up the process of the briefings.
From the PCA – Participants are encouraged to stay home if you are at higher risk for severe illness, if you are sick, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.”
The GMR PCA will hold its first driving tour of the season on Saturday, July 11th, 2020. Given the ongoing COVID-19 guidelines, the event will focus on the drive itself, ensuring that the health guidelines recommended are followed.
- Meeting place: we will meet at the Maplewoods Gas / Truck Stop just off I-89, Exit 7, in Berlin, VT. Take Exit 7, proceed to the first light, turn right, and Maplewoods is about 1/4 mile on the right side of the road. There is plenty of parking and easily accessible gas pumps. The balance of the tour route is currently being developed and will start in Berlin, VT, and end in Windsor, VT.
- Drivers’ meeting at 8:45am with the drive will start at 9.00am. You will need to sign the PCA and Communicable Disease Waiver forms.
- Drivers and passengers are asked to wear masks at the drivers’ meeting, and to follow distancing guidelines.
Dining / visiting local sites after the tour is On-Your-Own: Securing a venue for 30-50 club members at this time was not possible given the current health restrictions. Restaurants are still only offering take-out or limited seated dining. So, there is no official luncheon or event after the drive. However – there are numerous places to visit, eat, picnic, and tour in the greater Windsor area, and members are encouraged to make arrangements to eat or visit local sites on their own, or when possible in small groups with other members.
Please note – if you plan to dine at any local establishment, reservations are needed, and seating will be limited. Plan ahead, and plan early to make sure you are able to enjoy sites or the restaurant of your choice once the tour ends. If you are considering takeout, you may want to plan a picnic in the region…
Here are some suggestions for eating or “after the drive” sights to visit:
- Harpoon Brewery – Brew house in Windsor, dining and tours available, reservations required, limited seating inside and outside. https://www.harpoonbrewery.com or call 802-674-5491;221
- Windsor Station Restaurant, located in the old Windsor depot. Reservations required, limited seating, and takeout available. https://www.windsorstationvt.com or call 802-674-4180, online ordering is also available for takeout.
- Au Jus – indoor and outside seating, reservations required, https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/AuJus-101135744568595/ (Facebook page) call 802-674-4638.
- Boston Dreams, Coffee House, ice cream, sports gallery. Online / takeout orders http://bostondreams.com online order only
- Brownsville Butcher and Pantry (https://www.facebook.com/brownsvillebutcherandpantry/), (802) 546-2900
- Maple Kitchen, 802-484-7711 at the Ascutney Resort (Brownsville) dinner only, opens at 4pm for folks wanting to eat after touring the area. http://www.maplekitchenvt.com
- Woodstock, VT is a short drive away, less than 20 miles
There also are plenty of local sites to visit – this page from the town website has information on historical sites: http://www.windsorvt.org/history
- American Precision Museum https://americanprecision.org
- Old Constitution House 802-674-6628
- Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site
- Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge
- Fowler-Steele House – Heritage site