We're really not sure what we're going to do after Roylston. Any suggestions for how to head west? I looked at the Montpelier suggestion, but I didn't see Route 2 heading west from there and I didn't really see an open route to Montpelier.
The Richford pass now looks open, although may be one lane. I am doing 80 miles from St. Albans Bay to Newport tomorrow and will let you know what find.
I can help with Afrimog's Montpelier suggestion. Indeed, the southernmost way right now to cross from the Connecticut Valley to the Champlain Valley would be to shortcut the Green Mountains Loop, heading for Montpelier from Piermont NH via Bradford VT, SR-25, and US-302. From Montpelier, US-2 follows the Winooski River west to Burlington.
Another good option would be to take the GML East Alternate to Groton VT, then US-302 to Montpelier.
I have ridden all these roads many times. They will have more automotive traffic than usual, due to closures further south. SR-25 and US-302 are both hilly east of their junction in Topsham (say TOP-shum), less so west from there. SR-25 is longer, less hilly, prettier, and less trafficked than US-302.
The East Alternate is also hilly, but is prettier than SR-25 (see below) and definitely less trafficked.
I do *NOT* recommend US-2 east of Montpelier. Much heavy, fast traffic and lots of trucking. However, it is a nice, easy ride west of Montpelier to Burlington, parallel to I-89, which takes all the through traffic.
Roads are re-opening every day. I will try to keep you posted about E-W options that would let you do more of the GM Loop.
(Beauty note: Peacham--on the East Alternate--has appeared in more Vermont Life photos than any other town. East Corinth--also on the East Alternate--has appeared on more Vermont Life covers than any other town.)