Originally Posted by CompassLimited
Anyone have a favorite drive or trip you would like to share with others? I have a couple but want some time to compose them on a word processior. I will even throw in a couple photos when I can.
It doesn't have to be anything dramatic just something that you enjoyed doing in your Compass.
An all-time favourite of mine is Vt.108 . . . runs south from Quebec HW.237, Canada border crossing at Frelighsburg down to Vt.100, just south of Stowe, Vt. Either direction the drive is spectacular, but I prefer it from the Canada side going south to Stowe. The drive from the border to the southern terminus is 45 miles (73km)
Once going throught the interogation by the American Customs Gestapo and being made to feel like some kind of terrorist . . . the drive runs through bucolic Vermont farmland, you can wave to the cows, more cows then people in Vermont, that's a fact.
Through the towns of Franklin, Enosburg Falls, by Jeffersonville the road begins to gain elevation, climbing through the Smugglers Notch ski area then through the Mount Mansfield State Forest.
Between Stowe and Jeffersonville, there is a section of road which cuts through Mt. Mansfield. This is "The Notch Pass".
The road is very steep and turning, making impossible to plow in the winter. Not much more then one lane wide in the tightest corners, making passing oncoming cars very tight.
Tractor-trailers are barred from this section, and large straight trucks, buses and RVs are strongly encouraged to find other routes year-round.
Along the road in the state forest, there are small parking areas where rock climbing and hiking are popular as well as pic-nic spots.
Along the route there are many wonderful stops of interest and and incredable varity in scenery with Stowe, of course a destination on it's own.