Friday, July 11, 2014

Road closure

Conditions at the Ledges have been seasonable and nice, especially Saturday and Sunday of the July 4th weekend.  The only downside has been a very high water level, which if anything has been climbing rather than declining.  It's pretty much at historical highs at the moment, which makes for a very cozy beach experience.  Nevertheless, that hasn't much interfered with festivities.

For the weekend of 8/8, however, Vermont Route 100 is due to close between Jacksonville and Boyd Hill Road (the road to the Ledges) between August 8th and the following Monday for a bridge repair.  For people coming to The Ledges from the south, this will be a problem.  The official detour is quite long - 26 miles, via Route 8 and Searsburg.

There is a much easier way, however.  Here's a google maps link showing the route:,-72.8721489/Jacksonville,+Whitingham,+VT/@42.8249381,-72.8494111,13z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-72.8377908!2d42.851509!3s0x89e0e692ec6ebe2d:0xf82a6e6fb8ec481f!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e0e75b0606363b:0x481a3bd1338f555e!2m2!1d-72.8217628!2d42.7970266!3e0?hl=en

In short:

- From Jacksonville, instead of taking Rt. 100 North or following the State's detour, proceed straight up the hill on Gates Pond Road.  Where the blacktop bears to the right, go straight up Parsons Road.  At the top of the long hill, turn a slight left onto Shearer Hill Road.  Descend to intersect Route 9, and turn left.  Turn south on Rt. 100 in the outskirts of Wilmington just before the flea market.  Proceed south to Boyd Hill Road, on the right.

Hope this isn't too confusing, and hope to see you there this weekend!

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