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I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!

12.07.2008

Chain Reactions

Kate and I took a walk down to Church Street and back this evening to take in the lights and holiday shoppers- in the midst of the first real little snow squall of the season.

By the time we got up and over the hill on Pearl Street, the whine of tires on ice made it clear that the city trucks had not made it out ahead of the storm and that the hilly streets of Burlington were turning from slush to polished ice as the sun and temperatures dropped.

We had a nice time on Church Street, which always looks good this time of year with all of the lights.

As we were headed back up the hill and home, it was totally dark out and the trucks still hadn't passed by with sand or salt. A trio of cars and a Burlington Police cruiser were off to the side of the road, and the officer (a former high school classmate) was trying nobly to push the first in line (a white caddy) up the hill. I gave her a hand, but even together, we couldn't budge it. "When you get home, do everyone a favor and don't drive anywhere else." she advised the operator.

As we got down the hill toward Winooski and our place, we passed the sand truck, stopped in the middle of the street and trying to get his chains installed. Somebody had warned him about what it looked like downtown. Approaching our place, we saw the aftermath of a 10ish car pileup, all the way down our street. Traffic was backed up all the way to the top of the Winooski rotary.

This is dress rerhearsal for the rest of the winter. UVM freshmen from warmer climes have had their fair warning now: just because you can get your car out of the driveway doesn't mean you can get anywhere else in winter. Here's hoping the city gets out with some sand and salt down in time for the morning drive to work.