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If you want to bypass all the issues associated getting out of NYC/N. Jersey by bike, you can take Metro North from Grand Central Terminal all the way to Pougkeepsie, which is on Bike Route 9. Bikes are permitted at certain times provided you buy a one-time permit for $5:
This is the route I am thinking of at the moment:
- from New York to Albany (read below)
- from Albany to Buffalo following the Erie Canal (NY State Canalway Trail)
And if it's possible to do some wild camping along the northern ACA routes?
About the ACA Northern Tier: if possible we would like to add more of Canada. So the route we are currently considering is as follows:
- leaving New York City with the NY State Bike Route 9 to Poughkeepsie, NY (85 miles)
- join the ACA Atlantic Coast to Bar Harbor, ME (542 miles)
- start the ACA Northern Tier and follow it until Ticonderoga, NY (401.5 miles)
(or maybe as an alternative route take the ACA Green Mountains Loop from North Haverhill, NH to Port Kent, NY)
- from there rejoin the NY State Bike Route 9 to Rouses Point on the New York - Quebec border (92 miles)
I've heard the North Dakota-Eastern Montana stretch of the Northern Tier can get boring (and with sometimes difficult headwinds and that direction).
My concerns are the long stretches w/o any services and "Stealth" camping.
SJS Cycles (England); for example:
I prefer panniers as well. Just don't purchase giant rear panniers and overload your back end. I think my bike handles really well with medium sized panniers in back and small front panniers mounted on low-rider style front rack.
I'm having a terrible time finding a rack-mounted tail light, since everything on the market these days seems to be designed to mount on a seat post or drop tube, or even on clothing. Can anyone recommend a tail light that is designed to be mounted on the rear rack using a bolt through the mounting hole provided on a rack?