The final leg veers south toward Vergennes, Vermont's oldest city, whose downtown is a bohemian outpost of cafes, galleries, and shops. Breakfast at the 3 Squares Café caters to cyclists. From there, it's all orchards, roadside maple-sculpture stands, and long views of the lake. At Orwell, the route turns inland and uphill, past wetlands and the occasional alpaca farm, leading you gently back to your base.

More information: The Whitehall Marina and RV Park is a woodsy campground near grocers, cafes, and bars, where you can ditch your car on Day One and retrieve it at the end. If you're itching for a little luxury after such a grueling tour, head 38 miles west to the Sagamore Resort on Lake George for king suites with fireplaces and a spa for soothing your aching legs.