ST. JOHNSBURY – On Saturday, July 15, Governor Phil Scott will bike the entire 93-mile Lamoille Valley Rail Trail from Swanton to St. Johnsbury. St. Johnsbury is the destination at the terminus of the trail, and to celebrate, Discover St. Johnsbury, the Town of St. Johnsbury, and members of the NEK+ LVRT Regional Trail Council have prepared a party to welcome the governor as he finishes his ride.
The event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, July 15, between 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Depot Square Park and the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center (51 Depot Square). Expect free cake from Boule Bakery; live music by local bluegrass and folk duo Bob & Sarah Amos, produced by Catamount Arts; and free lemonade, as well as seasonal cocktails and local beer and wine available for purchase, from St. Johnsbury Distillery. There will also be a food truck onsite, as well as a smoothie-making bike.
The public is invited to join all or part of the governor’s ride at any of the planned brief stops. There are also additional events planned at the start of the ride in Swanton, and around noon in Morrisville, featuring remarks from Senator Bernie Sanders. More details about how to join the ride and about all of the events planned for the day can be at railtrails.vermont.gov/celebration.
Recently completed, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) is now the longest rail trail in New England. The trail connects 18 towns from St. Johnsbury to Swanton. The LVRT is a four-season, multi-purpose recreation and transportation corridor for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dogsledding, and snowmobiling. Details about the trail and Vermont’s other railtrails can be found at railtrails.vermont.gov