The Wallkill Valley, Shawangunk and Walden rail trail (or rather rail trails) span from Walden, NY to Rosendale, NY, roughly in the North-South direction. I am not exactly sure on the whole nomenclature issue but it is very easy to ride all three trails together, in one day and at a very leisurely place. The surface of the trails varies as does the marking. The Walden rail trail is pretty much as good as it gets – of course – depending on your standards. What I mean that it is paved in its entirety, very well marked with stop signs and proper road crossings. And if you start in Walden like we did, slightly downhill. The second part of the ride is for all intents and purposes unmaintained singletrack, followed by riding on roads to the trailhead of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail on Denniston Road. Wallkill Rail Trail is unpaved, mostly packed dirt and crushed stone, with some patches (mostly around New Paltz, NY) of variously degraded asphalt.
Entries Tagged as 'biking'
June 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Adventure, Bicycling, Personal, Photography, Travel
April 6th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Bicycling, Long Island, Personal, Photography, Travel
Another beautiful Sunday was ahead of us and the weather was just begging for a long ride. It seemed like it was a good time push the boundaries a bit so we opted for a ~110 mile ride, which will henceforth be known as the “The Great Peconic Loop”.
March 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Bicycling, Long Island, Personal
The days, and the rides are finally getting longer. After last weeks 42 mile ride, we tacked on additional few and made this one a solid 58 miles (93 km) long. We met at the department at 6:15AM but postponed the departure because it was still dark, we postponed the departure until about 7AM. Oh, and it was also solid 30 degrees F outside, which to the rest of the World translates to just about -1 degrees C. Regardless of the temperature it was supposed to be a very sunny day with no clouds and abundant blue sky.
March 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Bicycling, Miscellaneous, Personal, Travel
Perhaps posting my travel/adventure plans for 2011 will make me more likely to stick to them. And maybe not. Regardless here the first three I am already registered for. More to come later.
December 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Bicycling, Personal, Photography, Travel
Unusually warm weather forecast for Tuesday (November 23, 2010) offered perhaps the last chance for a not-completely-freezing bike ride of 2010. Definitely for me as the next time we come to these parts it will be the end of December. My plan was to head west-ish out of Lunenburg to Ayer, MA where the Nashua River Rail Trail begins. After following the trail past the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border I would take side streets back towards Lunenburg. All in all about 39 miles.
May 19th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Bicycling
We had about 10 days before flying to Slovakia for an early vacation (and preemptive honeymoon) and needed to take care of a few things in Massachusetts before the wedding. There was some dead time on Sunday morning so I decided to bring my bike along and do a long(er) ride. Long Island is a miserable place for bike riding (especially longer rides), barring those few roads on East End. Add to that drivers who feel invincible and you have an extremely unpleasant combination. Anyway. The plan was to head out around 6:30AM and be done before noon, completing about 50 miles.
May 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments · Bicycling, Geocaching, Long Island
Long and Short beach are located in the town of Nissequogue on the North Shore of Long Island. Both beaches seemed to be accessible by ~20-25 mile bicycle ride to the west from our homebase in Stony Brook. The weather forecast for the weekend was sunny and hot (too hot) so we decided to leave around 8 am from campus. After some minor repairs and bike maintenance we left around 8:30. The basic plan was to follow 25A to St. James and then Moriches road north to the beaches and then on the way back, to avoid busy 25A we planned to follow the coast on Harbor Road back to Stony Brook village and to campus.