Sat, 08 Nov 2014

Rail Trails #13

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 They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished.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 uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

Rode three more trails: Charlie Major, Harlem Valley Hillsdale, and Harlem Valley Copake Falls northern extension. It's snowing right now, so I think the rest of these are going to have to wait for next year.

The first trail ride for which I have a date is June of 2004. So this has been a ten-year project for me. Given that I'm not done yet, and they're continually making new trails, it looks like I've got another set of trails to ride.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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Ride starting Sat Oct 18 13:00:55 2014

2.45 km 8046.76 feet 1.52 mi 1240.00 seconds 20.67 minutes 0.34 hours 4.42 mi/hr

The Charlie Major Nature Trail is not a terribly long rail-trail, but it has plenty of history (ruins) to be appreciated, along with three railroad bridges, several dams, and a pretty creek.

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Ride starting Thu Nov 6 08:55:04 2014

6.91 km 22677.91 feet 4.30 mi 2018.00 seconds 33.63 minutes 0.56 hours 7.66 mi/hr

Rode a brand-new section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. So new, in fact, that the construction workers had to pause to let me through. :-) They were very nice, and I was trying to be as polite as I could about interrupting them. But I got to ride it!

It's a portion of the railbed between Copake Falls to Fado Road, Hillsdale. It extends from Copake Falls to Orphan Farm Road, where there is a nice trailhead being developed.

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Ride starting Thu Nov 6 08:08:39 2014

5.82 km 19108.49 feet 3.62 mi 2054.00 seconds 34.23 minutes 0.57 hours 6.34 mi/hr

Rode an undeveloped section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. It's open to the public but not paved (yet). It's a portion of the railbed between Copake Falls to Fado Road, Hillsdale. I was able to ride from Ford Lane in Hillsdale south to just shy of NY-22. Unfortunately, the railroad bridge was removed, and Black Grocery Road's bridge was also removed, so there is currently no way across the Roeliff Jansen Kill.

Philip Glick says on Facebook's Abandoned Rails group: "...All I can tell you is the following... The southern abutment and bridge was removed under a NYSDOT project in the early 1990's The three things were low bridge clearance, narrow lanes passing under and poor sight distance around the Northbound NY-22 curve. The bridge that was removed was a Deck girder bridge that was silver in color and the dirt fill was cut back also.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014

Ride starting Sun Apr 11 14:35:35 2010

25.54 km 83806.97 feet 15.87 mi 7095.00 seconds 118.25 minutes 1.97 hours 8.05 mi/hr

I reported that I had ridden the Outlet Trail, but didn't make a separate blog entry for it. It's a pretty trail, dirt the whole way, well maintained. It starts in a small park off Elm Street and rides off the railbed until it crosses the Outlet. Then it stays on the railbed all the way into Dresden, at which point it goes up the side of the gorge to get up to the road level.

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Sun, 12 Oct 2014

Ride starting Sun Apr 11 05:51:27 2010

49.61 km 162770.33 feet 30.83 mi 12208.00 seconds 203.47 minutes 3.39 hours 9.09 mi/hr

Blogging about this now, because I didn't do it four and a half years ago. Rode the Catharine Valley Rail Trail. It goes from the village of Watkins Glen, fairly close to the current end of the tracks, down to Horseheads. It parallels the Chemung Canal, part of which is still in water. There are a few bits of railroadiana on the way. A steel milepost, a few steel bridges. It departs from the railbed in a few places. In Montour Falls, the railroad went through the middle of an industrial plant, which is still in use and is currently fenced-off.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014

Rail Trails #12

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 uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

I rode a huge number of trails a week ago -- 22 trails in all! It's taken me this long to process the GPS traces into tracks. 179 miles in four hard days of riding. Only three of these trails are paved. The others are grass or dirt. Here's the whole list: East Ithaca Recreational Trail, Lackawanna Trail, Pat McGee Trail, Village of Sherman Recreational Trail, Ralph C. Sheldon Jr Nature Trail, Nancy B. Diggs Nature Trail, Paul and Nancy Webb Nature Trail, Laurie A. Baer Nature Trail, Alison Wells Ney Nature Trail, Brocton Area Recreational Trail, Portage Trail, Cheektowaga Bike Path, Clarence Akron Pathways, Clarence Newstead Trail, Erie Attica Trail, Great Bend Park Trail, Hilton Hojack Trail, Lehigh Valley Trail (Mendon to Victor), Auburn Trail, Trolley Trail (Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern), Oneida Rail Trail. Since the last update, I rode the Kaaterskill Rail Trail.

The first trail ride for which I have a date is June of 2004. So this has been a ten-year project for me. Given that I'm not done yet, and they're continually making new trails, it looks like I've got another set of trails to ride.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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Ride starting Mon Sep 15 17:09:34 2014

2.96 km 9708.34 feet 1.84 mi 1202.00 seconds 20.03 minutes 0.33 hours 5.51 mi/hr

Oneida Rail Trail. They have ambitious plans, but for right now, they have one mile of dead-end rail-trail.

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Ride starting Mon Sep 15 09:12:59 2014

50.63 km 166103.26 feet 31.46 mi 19185.00 seconds 319.75 minutes 5.33 hours 5.90 mi/hr

There are a bunch of hiking trails in the Victor area. I started on the Lehigh Valley Trail. Rode it to the Trolley Trail, rode that north and south to its apparent ends. Rode east on the Auburn Trail, taking the footpath routing going east and the bicycle routing on my return. Rode it to the end and a bit more to pick up some needed refreshments. It peters out at the eastern end, coming little more than a sidewalk in a residential development.

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Ride starting Mon Sep 15 08:31:15 2014

4.47 km 14674.68 feet 2.78 mi 1348.00 seconds 22.47 minutes 0.37 hours 7.42 mi/hr

Rode the Great Bend Trail, which connects Great Bend Park to the Lehigh Valley Trail at Rochester Junction. It's much shorter than I had hoped it would be, but they managed to preserve three railroad bridges in the process, so it's all for the good.

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