Fri, 13 Apr 2012

Ride starting Fri Apr 13 17:23:59 2012

19.00 km 62350.25 feet 11.81 mi 3758.00 seconds 62.63 minutes 1.04 hours 11.31 mi/hr

Low 60's, but windy. Still needed a coat, but it was a nice ride anyway.

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Sun, 08 Apr 2012

Ride starting Sun Apr 8 12:04:27 2012

36.00 km 118121.34 feet 22.37 mi 9404.00 seconds 156.73 minutes 2.61 hours 8.56 mi/hr

First ride on the Rutland Trail this season. Needs a bit of chainsawing and brush chopping. And it seriously needs all the ATV mudpits filled in.

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Sat, 07 Apr 2012

Ride starting Sat Apr 7 15:02:36 2012

30.95 km 101545.21 feet 19.23 mi 9494.00 seconds 158.23 minutes 2.64 hours 7.29 mi/hr

Rode into town to go for a ride on Clarkson's single track. Either I'm just getting better at single track, or else I'm starting to learn where the twists and turns go, because this was an easier ride for me than the last time a few weeks ago.

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Wed, 04 Apr 2012

Ride starting Sun Apr 1 07:55:31 2012

16.18 km 53074.73 feet 10.05 mi 4058.00 seconds 67.63 minutes 1.13 hours 8.92 mi/hr

Rode the Walden-Walkill Rail Trail, plus a bit more. The railbed between the two communities is nicely paved, with park benches, and structured road crossings and trailhead parking relatively nearby. There's a bit more to the north which is ridable. It dead-ends at River Road because beyond that are the grounds of a prison. It would be nice if they could make some provision for bypassing the prison, because about another two miles north is the Walkill Valley Trail. In principle, depending on property ownership, that railtrail could be extended all the way to Kingston.

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Ride starting Sun Apr 1 10:06:06 2012

30.61 km 100411.38 feet 19.02 mi 10607.00 seconds 176.78 minutes 2.95 hours 6.45 mi/hr

Rode the Hurleyville Rail-Trail. Even though the sign on the trailhead says "No ATVs" and "No Snowmobiles", ATVs seem to be the only users of the trail. That may be because ATVs have turned the trail into a sandpit to the east, and a mudpit to the west. Still, if you can get past the 1/4 mile of hellish terrain, the trail becomes much better; tolerable even.

I rode to the east all the way to South Fallsburg, which I had explored about a year ago. The old railroad station is now the police station, much expanded. Beyond that the railbed is overgrown where it isn't people's front yards. Rode to the west all the way to the Quickway (NY-17), where the railbed is cut off.

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Ride starting Fri Mar 30 10:09:58 2012

37.87 km 124242.57 feet 23.53 mi 8941.00 seconds 149.02 minutes 2.48 hours 9.47 mi/hr

Rode the northern portion of the South County Trailway on Friday. They finished paving it last October. I had visited it in March of 2011 and rode the southern portion of the trailway. I tried riding through the unimproved section, but it was far too muddy. Now, it's gorgeous new pavement.

Now, there's just one impediment to having one complete off-road rail-trail. There are a couple of metal scrapyards in Elmsford which make for about a half-mile of unpassable ROW. Like, really impassable, with fences and crap piled on the trail.

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Sun, 01 Apr 2012

Rail Trails #8

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm maintaining the list of NY rail-trails on my Rutland Trail website.

I'm also uploading them to OpenStreetMap.

Rode the Town of Edwards trail a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend I rode the South County, the Walden-Walkill, and the Hurleyville trails.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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