Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Every Ben and Jerry's in Vermont

Some postage at Every Whatever!! I read a blog post by my brother talking about Ben and Jerry's free cone day, which was yesterday (April 29th).

He, as a loyal field reporter manning the lines at Quizno's in the mall, reported that "Towards the end of the day a few people came into the mall all bike-helmet, crazy-cycling-gear-like, and announced to much cheering and applause that they had biked to every B&J in the state and we were the last ones."

He suggested that this was 40-60 miles, since there were only 2 non-Burlington Ben and Jerry's, one in Montpelier and one in Waterbury. But alas, dear brother, there are also ones in Manchester and Rutland. There's also one in Smuggler's Notch that was not participating in Free Cone day.

I did brief mockup of their potential route (which may be off somewhat as far as which order they did the Burlington stores, which shouldn't change the route much.

It's 141 miles. You have 11 hours since the stores open at 10 and close at 9 (at least the ones I could find). Giving 15 minutes per store (* 8) to park your bike, go in, all order ice cream, eat it, and get back on the road, that means you have to do 141 miles in 9 hours (with no buffer time), or a shade under 16 mph. Doable, if you're good. But I definitely need some proof. Ryan, would you be willing to keep working at Quizno's until next year? :-D


Ryan said...

I don't think that is correct -- the hours change on free cone day to give them more set-up / take-down time. For example our neighbors, who are usually 11-9:30 like the rest of the mall, were only 12-8 yesterday. So that might screw you over

Ryan said...

Also they said very clearly that ours was the last one they visited, not the one on church street.

dan said...

Right - I understand that they said that. But I wasn't sure which one you were at (though I guessed University Mall). So that cuts another hour off of your time.

Plus, I can't see how or why they wouldn't do the Church St. one last unless it was an hours of operation thing. Maybe they drove part of it?

I think you're going to have to just volunteer to continue working at Quizno's another year :-)

Carey said...

That's a lot of miles to cover in a single day on a bike.

annahannah said...

I don't think he wants to work there another year unless he can't get an engineering job :)