There's a cartographer sweepstakes of epic proportions happening in Vermont.
Here's the rules: towns must find and map unmarked roads in their borders - hidden in mountain passes, forests, and on private land - or lose the right to use them. There's no purchase necessary, but all entries must be received by July 1, 2015. Lawsuits may apply.
The Globe reported today on this historical endeavor, which involves poring over maps from the 1700s and scouting obscure areas, much like the state's first explorers and famous "Green Mountain Boys."
Yet it's as much of a nightmare as it is exciting. Upon reading an updated town map of Bethel, farmer Jim Giberti saw a public road running right through his land. He's suing to make the road exempt, and his story is likely one of many that will crop up as Vermont rediscovers its not-too-distant past.
Imagine even more twisty two-lanes, narrow hairpins, and evergreen-covered routes, all of which could be the best driving roads in New England (provided they're paved). That's certainly worth waiting for.
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