This morning, pick up your bike and start your exciting trip from the mountains to the sea, across New England. “Live Free or Die” is the motto of the tiny and exuberant New Hampshire, the state that gets in the center of the national focus every four years, when the primary elections mark the start of the race to the White House. During the presidential campaign, the residents are basically forced to live as hermits in order to avoid being pushed to vote for one candidate or the other and being asked of their opinion by every single journalist that comes to the state. Despite its tiny size, New Hampshire offers a very wide spectrum of topographic elements, from the highest peaks to the low farmlands of New England and the Connecticut Valley. Manchester, like its namesake back in England, was a major cotton producer in 19th century. Although the huge Amoskeag mills were shut in 1930, it still remains the biggest city in the state and today it is famous for the paintings in the Currier Museum of Art. From Manchester, take Route 101 west to Keene and then the Route 9 to Wilmington, a picturesque village. You have reached Vermont, which represents the quintessential New England! In Wilmington, take Route 100 and ride north to Plymouth Union, then take 100A to Woodstock, which is one of the best preserved examples of a typical New England town. From there, follow the Route 4 until you reach SR 100 north and you’ll be on your way to Stowe, a world-famous historic village, located next to the highest peak in Vermont, the majestic Mount Mansfield. Overnight stay.