Nipmuck-Vanilla Bean-Nipmuck Triathlon

Today’s “triathlon” was the perfect taper workout. Our family drove to the start/finish of the Nipmuck Trail Marathon course and dropped Debbie off to run the 2nd leg of the course with her Shenipsit Strider buddies. Then, we took the beautiful back roads of eastern Connecticut over to The Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret. After a little breakfast and chilling, we returned to the trailhead for a little hike and rock scrambling. Nothing too serious. Just plain fun.

The Nipmuck Trail is one of our favorites. It is part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail system, which is maintained by many of our friends in the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. Incidentally, CFPA had a fabulous annual meeting this past Thursday at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. It was a glorious evening at the stunning Pope/Riddle estate.

The Vanilla Bean Cafe is an award-winning family business with a cool vibe. It attracts an eclectic customer base. Depending on the time of day, you might run into prep schoolers, a motorcycle gang, artists, bicyclists, artists, or foodies. Occasionally, they are all there at the same time. The Bean is a cool joint.

It was damp and overcast on the Nipmuck this morning. The marathon is two weeks from today, so Perry Hill Road will see a lot more traffic come June. In addition to the Striders, we saw a couple of others out on the trail testing their Nipmuck legs.

Our triathlon wouldn’t be complete without a bawling baby and the need to pull over for a breast-feeding break. We picked a perfect spot at the old Mansfield Depot train station. The Depot restaurant used to be located here, but burned in a 2003 fire. All that remains are the tracks and a caboose that needs a lot of tender loving care.

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