Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/1/15

A new month & what will it hold! Seems like relatively few people around these days, but we know that will change when ski season starts in earnest. By the way, did folks see that Kevin Lasky’s picture won a prize. Not exactly sure where it was taken, but it is very nice.

We had a lively discussion at the Reading Club meeting the other evening about The Aviator’s Wife. I have always been fond of Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, so this historical novel about her life was very interesting. Taking a break over the holidays – our next book is The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton for 1/7/16.

The Echo Lake Inn (228-8602) restaurant is closed now until 11/25. Dinners will be served starting at 3:00 PM on Thanksgiving. Aside from that week when meals will be served Wed – Sat, the restaurant will be open mainly on weekends until the snow flies. I will include info about the Inn at Water’s Edge next time!

I noticed the letter in last week’s paper regarding bicycling two abreast. Riding on Rte 100 and also driving there often, I was surprised to hear about the statute that allows it. I have been buzzed pretty closely by passing vehicles, even though I usually ride to the right of the side white line. I consider this to be unnecessary and rude.

On the other hand, I have experienced the frustration of having to go into the other lane because cyclists are riding side-by-side and paying no attention to the traffic around them. I don’t believe that riding that way is prudent or safe on a main thoroughfare. Our roads are so charming and biking them is so much fun, but they do get busy at times with folks going about their normal daily affairs. Common sense and courtesy go a long way toward making our roads safe for all who use them. If you want to ride next to each other, best to choose a less traveled back road with good visibility.

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One Response to Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

  1. Carolyn Dashef says:

    Thanks for the info about cyclists. There have been several accidents between motorists and cyclists in Northampton /Amherst the past two years? Two resulting in death of bicyclist and motorcyclist where road wasn’t wide enough to accommodate both resulting in accidents.

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