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Offline raybo

Rhode Island to New Jersey
« on: June 03, 2004, 02:59:46 pm »
I have an opportunity to fly into Providence RI and out of New Jersey around July 1.  I would like to ride from one to the other along the Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast route.  It looks like I would pick up the route around Windsor Locks, CT and then take it all the way to Lambertville, NJ, which is my destination.

Some questions about this route:

What is the route from Providence to Windsor Locks?

Does the route have camping options or is it credit card only?

Is the route rural or urban?

How will the car traffic be in late June?

What is the terrain like?

Thanks,

Ray
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Offline JayH

Rhode Island to New Jersey
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2004, 03:38:48 pm »
I've done part of the ACA atlantic coast set. I have the two sets that takes you from NYC/NJ/PA up to Bar Harbor but since I live in NJ and have done my own routes near me, I used only a small section from New Paltz to Millterton, NY, the rest I simply using my own knowledge and local street maps.  I did a ride from my house to the Berkshires last year.  I do know that there are some camping in CT and probably even more than those that are listed on the back of the ACA maps. Find a decent city and use Google to see if you can find camping destinations. Otherwise, there is always stealth camping. ;)

As far as the traffic, road conditions, etc, going east and west through Dutchess/Putnam county consists of rolling hills east of the hudson.  Kind of a pain to keep going down and up and down, but it is pretty much free of traffic once you get out of Rt 9 through Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, etc.  You will have lots of traffic over the Mid-Hudson brige and up Rt 9. Once you get past the Vanderbilt Manor though, it gets more scenic and less traffic. The Manor itself is a good spot for lunch (right on the Hudson, go down to Bard Rocks and there are some nice picnic tables you can eat at. Free too, unless you go into the Manor itself).  

Anyway, after the rolling hills, it does level out once you get towards Millterton and into NW CT.  I've gone to Salisbury CT on the way home, but when my friend and I rode to the Berkshires, we headed north on Millerton to Bash Bish Falls and then east on Rt 23 to Great Barrington where we basecamped.    But on the way back we took a route parallel to Rt 7 by some covered bridges to Salisbury and then west.  Nice ride!

I would say most of that route will be rural except for the Poughkeepsie area where you cross the hudson.  I have never done the section through Providence or Norristown so I can't speak for those sections. Obviously the closer you are to Philadelphia, the less rural you get but I think it isn't bad cause you're not really going into Philly.  

There is also Harlem Valley RT in Millerton that goes to Amenia, which I wanted to do, so I did this as an alternative to following the same route back. If you do decide to do this, pick up a dutchess cty map and you can see Rt 40(?, I think!) that goes from Amenia towards Poughkeepsie which is your destination across Dutchess Cty. Be Aware that there is a HUGE ASS HILL(tm) just outside of Amenia that you will have to grind up. I did it with a FULL set of panniers and very loaded but I had a MTB with MTB gearing and managed OK. My friend was suffering on a road bike and only 2 panniers.  It's doable but it is tough cause there is traffic on that road, a small narrow shoulder.  However, there is a great view at the top of that hill though.

Feel free to ask me anything else that I may help you with. I'll try my best.

Jay


Offline 10thgear

Rhode Island to New Jersey
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2004, 10:26:55 pm »
I live 35 minutes north of Providence and have ridden RI, CT, and MA extensively. I would suggest taking RT 1 South from the Airport, right on RT113 (becomes Wakefield St) to RT115 North in West Warwick to Fiskeville (becomes Main then Seven Mile Rd). Take a left on RT12 West and ride RT12 to RT102 (left) then right on RT94 to Foster Center. Continue across RT6 (very busy) and make a left on E. Killingly Rd. In East Killingly pickup RT101 and head west through Dayville, CT. About 5 miles outside Dayville, turn right on RT169 and follow this road into Woodstock, CT. Riding through Woodstock you will hit RT197. Turn left and now you are on the Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast Route on Section 1, MAP 13.

Camping is sparse in this part of the country. There are some private campgrounds but few and far between. You might ask locals in Woodstock, CT for some suggestions. After leaving West Warwick, RI, dont plan on seeing any motels until you get to Dayville, CT. (or possibly Danielson, CT which is 4 miles south of Dayville. After leaving Dayville, then the next reasonable place to motel is Windsor Locks.

You will be urban until you get to the North and West of West Warwick, RI (which will not take very long). Then you will be among some of the most beautiful rural parts of Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut. There will be many miles between services when you are not near an interstate highway. Traffic will be heavy around the airport and West Warwick, but smooth sailing afterward. Roads are in exceptional condition most of the time.

You will be riding some of the hilliest country in southern New England. The grades are steep 6-9%, but typically short (<1/2 mile) in length. I road cross country last year and used these hills for training (which they were ideal). There will be plateaus and deep valleys, lots of ponds and lakes, and many miles of the rollers I referred to earlier. You will enjoy this area.

If you have specific questions, would like a cue sheet for the area I spoken about, or maybe a riding companion for a part of this leg, then email me at arlen@10thgear.com.

Have a great trip.

Arlen