Twisty Bits of Chittenden County Recap
August 25th, 2015 by admin
Mother Nature provided our members with the most gorgeous Vermont summer day on Saturday July 25 for the Twisty Bits of Chittenden County drive! It was picture perfect, and I’ve got some pictures to prove it! Sixteen lovely Bimmers of all models and years began to arrive at the southbound I89 rest stop area in Williston at 10am. Every person that got out of their car and saw the expanding line of Bimmer cars in front of them had an ear to ear grin on their face! There were sedans, roadsters and wagons, several generations of M3s, an M5, an X5 and other models representing many “e-codes”, even an e21! You don’t see too many of those these days!
I tried to make sure the drive was mostly right turns as to avoid separating the group, though there was one left turn at a busy intersection in Hinesburg. Thankfully, a very nice trucker in a tractor trailer on the other side of the light held his lane and let all 16 cars make the left at the light. What an awesome dude!
The ride continued for 40 miles along some of my favorite roads in Chittenden County. I chose roads that are scenic (most in Vermont are) as well as safe and “entertaining” enough to satisfy the spirit inside most of us Bimmerphiles. Some sweeping bends, some hills and dips, just enough to jostle the breakfast inside you!
The ride concluded with most of the group parking behind the building that houses both Folinos Pizza and Fiddlehead Brewery. We all stood around talking and admiring each others’ cars for a while before our appetites got the best of us. Most Vermonters have heard of Fiddlehead as it has become a local sensation in the exploding microbrewery industry. Their IPA is just world class. Once in a while, Fiddlehead will release a limited offering and sell it in cans, which is what happened that day. There must have been a line of at least a hundred people or more out the door! Just amazing! Though the place was packed, Folinos pizza was able to accommodate us no problem. Everyone just loved their pizza from Folinos pizza, washed down with cold Fiddlehead beer! Yum!
Now we were tired, happy and full, still beaming from the wonderful experience of meeting new like-minded friends, seeing some old friends, and having fun like only a BMW owner and lover could understand. I went home and took a nap!
I retired from my career and moved full time to Vermont 3 years ago, though I had vacationed here several weeks each year for the past dozen years. I knew some of the more fun roads to drive on when I moved here, but I sure wanted to learn more. Presently I have a bunch of free time on my hands, so I often cruise around in my mighty e39 M5, exploring this gorgeous state. If you are a true Vermonter, ie- those born in Vermont, you may not fully appreciate this states’ breathtaking beauty. You may not even see it any more on your daily commute to and from work. These drives can help you remember why you live here!
The folks on this drive expressed how much they enjoyed it and want to do more drives like it. There are 14 beautiful counties in Vermont. Do you have your favorite Twisty Bits in your county that you’d like to share with your friends in the Club? Would you like to lead a long line of a variety of BMW’s through your neck of the woods and end up chowing on some of your favorite local fair? If so, please contact Stew Loeb (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll help you to put it together.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at OctoberFAST this year at Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, October 10, 2015.
VP, Green Mt Chapter BMWCCA