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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Atlantic Coast Route NC to MA
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:43:17 pm »
in case you haven't seen the big weather news Hurricane Irene will be making landfall in the Outer Banks area of NC however un-typical of most storms this storm will NOT be hanging a right at Cape May NJ BUT will be going all the way up the coast to New York City - yes New York City - AND the storm will CONTINUE north up into the Hudson Valley - the storm is big enough to affect the ACR corridor from NC all the way up to MA and beyond - for the first time I have seen a Hurricane warning for my local weather here in Poughkeepsie NY - ACR sec 2 map 19

here are the highlights so far as of Fri. 08/26:
NY,NJ and CT in state of emerg.
mayor Bloomburg of NYC issues mandatory evac for low lying areas of city
NJ gov. Christie issues mandatory evac for the Jersey shore (the "situation" will no doubt be in charge)

there will be very heavy rainfall and no doubt flooding in this area
here are some areas that are prone to flooding:
New Paltz - Wallkill River
Port Jervis - Neversink River

the storm will make landfall in the NYC metro area on Sunday in the AM

even thjough the storm will leave the area by late Sunday - the day after on Monday will be post storm clean-up day - there will be debris on the roads - sections of road still flooded etc

if word can be relayed by the moderator to the ACR tour group leader - tell him/her to "hunker down" in an indoor lodging untill Tue.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / trans am route Breckenridge CO
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:47:12 pm »
I checked all the recent posts for the Trans Am Route in CO specificaly the Breckenridge area - there is NO mention of the big (stage) bike race in the area the USA Pro Cycling Challenge of particular note in regards to the Trans Am route is stage 5 Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge - this stage will go through Kremling and finish in Breckenridge - it would seem that a part of the race route will be along CO SR 9 - I would presume the road will be closed in a "rolling barricade" for a relatively short time however,as Breckenridge will be the finish town in all likelyhood there will be no room at the Inn (the Fireside) and other lodging in Breckenridge - in addition to all the racers there are the team support staff,the media,race officials,spectators etc. etc. etc.

In other words - forget about showing up un-anounced on a tour and finding a place to stay for the night

however,if you were to arrive a few days before Aug. 27 and be a spectator - just be sure to show the racers your photos of all that wonderfull scenery that they missed ...

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / ACR sec2 map19
« on: July 08, 2011, 03:05:42 pm »
US rt 9 in the area of Marist College there is MAJOR CONSTRUCTION on the highway - there is at first a DIVERSION
 for the hwy. being built then a pedestrian underpass is being built - I think I had read/heard the term underpas

to avoid the above - recomended - one should use SR 9G

SR 9G alternate route:

CR 12 - New Paltz Road is CLOSED near the intersection with CR15 and the west end of the Hudson Valley RT (section:2 map19) the bridge over the un-developed ROW is being replaced

at the west end of the Hudson Valley RT in Tony Williams Park (town of Lloyd)
exit park to (Ulster) CR 15 So. Riverside Rd.
0.0 R CR 15
0.3 L at detour sign - Lily Lk. Rd./Weeds Mill Rd. (unmarked - twn road)
    STRAIGHT to SR 299
0.4 L SR 299
    CAUTION! left turn across hwy. high speed traffic
    NOTE: there are temp. orange construction intersection signs at the above to warn drivers of vehicles
    turning onto hwy. - it is recomended to follow oficial detour
follow hwy. 1 mi to Old New Paltz Rd. - ACR
R Old New Paltz Rd.

at Old New Paltz Rd. and SR 299
0.0 L SR 299
1.0 R Lily Lk. Rd./Weeds Mill Rd.
1.1 R CR 15
1.4 L at entrance to Tony Wiliams Park and Hudson Valley RT - ACR

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / ACR sec 2 map 19 - spring 2011
« on: April 09, 2011, 03:19:48 pm »
in the town of Lloyd Ulster county NY - both CR12 and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail are still closed as of 04-03-11 - as per Ralph Diaz of the Hudson Valley RT association construction of the new arch bridge should be completed next month - this is the good news,however the bad news: work on another arch bridge on the same county road over an undeveloped section of the same RT will be next - as per the recent addendum the ACR uses the entire open RT from the west end of the Walkway Over The Hudson SP to CR 15 then onto CR 12 over the undeveloped section of the RT via the old darch bridge that will be removed next

for my full report visit my cycling/trailways blog at:

General Discussion / Hudson Valley RT
« on: September 27, 2010, 04:37:31 pm »
RE:Hudson Valley RT town of Lloyd Highland NY (ACR section 2)

the rail trail is now paved! There is now a ribbon of asphalt extending 1.3 miles from the west end of the Walkway under Mile Hill Road,under rt 9W,
 and over Vineyard Ave., past the newley paved parking lot at Commercial Ave. to the east end of the old phase 1 original 1997

there will be a ribbon cuting ceremony Oct. 2 ,12:30 PM at the new Haviland Rd. parking lot - the new eastern trailhead of the RT

the old section of the RT .4 miles from the pavilion on C12 New Paltz Rd remains closed as does CR 12 New Paltz Rd. - the ACR/USBR1

aparently there was some sort of bruha over who was responsible for the moving of the utilities in the area of the closure - work has resumed
but I don't expect completion until at least Thanksgiving


over the Labor Day weekend I went for a bike-train (single day) cycling adventure south of here (Pok.) in Beacon - it was there I got to ride the
Klara Sauer rail AND trail - this trail was previously know as the Beacon Riverside Trail - it was renamed and dedicated to Klara Sauer June 2009
for more see my Hud Val cycling adventure blog at:

I would return to Beacon (with my bike of course) to get some tires for my bike at Beacon Cycles - it was during this second visit to Beacon I had met fellow ACA members Rod and Jenny - they were on a day ride bike-train adventure as well - they were about to ride up to Poughkeepsie and were going to visit the Walkway once there. I had forgotten to give them my contact info.They went north as I explored more of Beacon and went to the aforementioned bike shop. I had just gotten off the train in Poughkeepsie on my return and was riding up Main St. when I had spoted Rod and Jenny going down Main St. -they were easy to spot, each were sharing a 1/2 pair of Arkel panniers and they both had lights on their helmets -they were comuting cyclists - I turned around and met them again at the transportation center (bus stop) section of the RR station I gave them my contact info

Bikecentennial / Re: Wish I was there
« on: July 20, 2010, 02:25:10 pm »
to hoosher - wow! I don't think I remember and / or having been told by John Rakowski that he led a Bikecentenial group - he may have mentioned that but I may have forgotten - I should explain that I had lived in NJ just a few relatively short miles from Middletown NJ where he had lived - I did not know of John Rakowski at the time I did my Colonial Virginia trip east to west in June of the same year - 1 month after your trip

John Rakowski was my "mentor" my "Obi Wan" for bicycle touring

yes I am quite familiar with the PA bike routes (check the and beyond section of my site) - have not ridden route Y yet at least as far as you are going - I think I tech rode a section of it when I was in Port Jervis NY a few years ago - but how are you planning to get to BR Y? this route is near the tri-state border of PA - NY - NJ - would you be ridding the ACR up the Delaware - also I have the PDF files for most of the PA routes - BR Y is basicaly US rt 6 - but follows like town roads (in PA the local roads are like high number PA state roads - the big / main state HWYS have the keystone signs) from the Roebling bridge in Lackawaxen PA - on the other side of the Delaware is NY BR 17 and SR 97 - a designated scenic hwy. (it is!) - I saw somebody make a coment about bike route J - there may have been a detour - I have family that lives in central PA I was unfortunately down there for my sister's and also my mother's funerals (2 dif years) - I saw the BR J sign in Shamokin Dam - this is a very busy section BUT.. I also saw the route to the north in Milton? (I think that is the name of the town) and it was very nice - 2 lane country hwy. Amish or Menonite (lots in this area)

the county does have a detour - in the NB direction in twn. of Lloyd (just outside village of Highland) the hwy. dept. detour and detour for the ACR NB would be to turn RIGHT on So. Chodike Rd. then LEFT onto SR 299 CAUTION! high speed traffic no TCL - follow SR 299 to OLD New Paltz Rd. the existing route NB

in the SB direction after the left onto SR 299 CAUTION! no TCL here INSTEAD of turning right onto CR 12 New Paltz Rd. as per the ACR would CONTINUE on SR 299 to So. Chodike Rd. - I think this is the official hwy. dept detour HOWEVER... cyclists in the SB direction could CONTINUE on the existing route CR12 then turn LEFT onto CR 15 Riverside Rd. off CR12 New Paltz Rd.  - after CR 15 New Paltz Rd. is closed NOTE: the Hudson Valley RT is ALSO CLOSED - follow this road to SR 299 then RIGHT onto SR 299 then RIGHT onto So. Chodike Rd. (should be about 1/2 mile from last turn) then LEFT onto CR 12 New Paltz Rd.

the above MAY be the hwy. dept. detour from the North IE: New Palttz - in the NB direction would be better to ride SR 299 to Old New Paltz Rd. (old 299) - ONE left turn without a TCL on this busy hwy. would be more than enough - to follow the above SB route in reverse would require a SECOND LEFT turn across the hwy.

I had read on the Hud Val RT site newsletter that the expected completion of the work will be in July? - but I don't think so figure on untill Labor Day weekend to be sure

(Ulster) CR 12 New Paltz Rd. town of Lloyd is CLOSED {NB ACR} 1/2 mile west of So. Chodike Lake Rd. - near the Hudson Valley RT
pavilion {SB ACR} south of CR 15 (section:2 map19 old/new route) - the old bridge over the Hudson Valley RT is being replaced - as per the HudVal RT newsletter the expected completion is July of this year (2010)

note: the RT is closed as well .4 miles west of the pavilion

PS: you DO know that NYS bike route 9 goes from the GW bridge in NYC across the bridge then up 9W (in NJ at first) etc. to here in Pok. and beyond? I had just checked to see where bike route 5 goes - this route should connect with the Northern Tier route - BR5 goes all the way to Niagra Falls - does not go to Buffalo but near - also there is a NYC spur of the Atlantic Coast Route from NYC to western NJ / Delaware river

BR9 connects with BR5 in Columbia county I think? or a bit north on the east side of the Hudson

here is the NYS DOT cycling main page link:

here is another option via the Hudson Valley/Catskills:
follow BR9 to here in Poughkeepsie
then follow the NEW ACR route across the Hudson via the Walkway Over The Hudson then old/new ACR into village of Highland
CROSS rt. 9w FOOD Subway Dunkin Donuts
onto Tilson Ave. HIGHLAND
L onto CR 12 - basicaly follow all the way to New Paltz

NEW PALTZ FOOD numerous * Gilded Otter brewery/restaurant * at Walkill Rail Trail several bike shops
should be about 11 mi (from Pok.) to here
THEN would LEAVE the ACR route and would go NORTH to the village of ROSENDALE
} A - follow the unpaved rail trail north to Rosendale or...

} B follow the county road along the Walkill River
CONTINUE on Main St. SR 299 WEST (toward the "Gunks" -Shawangunk Ridge 2000' above sea level)
CROSS the river 200' above sea level
CAUTION! narrow bridge
R (Ulster County) rt. 7 Springtown Rd. follow all the way about 7 mi to Rosendale
CAUTION! extremely steep down grade in this direction just after crossing the RT northern terminus
CROSS Espous Creek to Main St. SR 213

FOOD several caffes/restaurants and a bike shop -
Stewart's (conv. store) in OPPOSITE direction to route at EAST/SOUTH end of Main St.

L Main St. SR 213 NORTH/WEST to High Falls note:section may be closed follow detour up Binnewater Rd. 14% grade
* D&H Canal museum and remnents of canal *
expect to spend some time exploring all the sights
CONTINUE on SR 213 to US rt. 209 south of the village of Stone Ridge - the 2 hwys. merge
follow US 209/SR 213 NORTH toward Marbletown
L TO CONINUE ON SR 213/CR 4 in STONE RIDGE (not sure of services along SR 213 north of High Falls)
follow ALL THE WAY TO OLIVEBRIDGE AND SR 28 A (note A) and the south shore of the *Ashokan Reservoir* - this reservoir is
part of the NYC (yes NYC)reservoir system 15 miles to here aprox
R SR 28A EAST/SOUTH follow ALL THE WAY TO SR 28 (no A) Stony Hollow - just south of WEST HURLEY
should be several good views of reservoir and mountains - these are the western high mountains of the Catskills - some of the
 higher peaks are like that of Virginia - 3,500 ft. or higher
there is a state CG north of the hwy. just after WEST HURLEY (from Kingston) on Ulster cnty. rt. 40 - the Keneth Wilson
state CG - turn R just after West Hurley on CR# 41 for a bit then left onto CR 40 Witenburg Rd.
 then r onto SR 42 through a gorge all the way up to SR 23A - west/north on 23A to PRATTSVILLE
there might be a comercial CG near here - as this area is still mostly in the Catskill Park - there is very little commercial
- just outside of this village R onto Greene
County rt. 7 to begin a ride along the east side of the Scoharie Reservoir becomes a differant county rt. number as route
goes into Scoharie County - continue along reservoir to left near Conesville then a left at Gilboa to SR 30
R SR 30 NORTH to Mav V Shaul SP camping (due to state budget crisis this park may be closed)
BREAKABEEN just before state park
FOOD grocery store ?? (may or may NOT still be there) this would be last chance before camp ground

then continue north on SR 30 and may be able to connect with BR5 west to Northern Tier route

well.. with a $5.00 MTA bicycle permit you could "cheat" a bit and take the train up here to Poughkeepsie on the Hudson line - great train ride - this will get you out of NYC and save some miles - then you could "cheat" even more and take the UCAT LINK bus from the Poughkeepsie RR station to Rosendale in Ulster county - there is a campground near the village and there are some other overnight acomadations nearby - then ride into the Catskills from there - note: I understand a part of SR 213 was washed out near Rosendale so will have to go up the 14% Binewater hill - for more route info etc. contact me via my Hudson Valley cycling site at


single lane - construction CR 41 Crum Elbow Rd. town of Hyde Park (section:2 map19 - NEW route in Dutchess county) NB just after Cream Street - SB after crossing CR 16 and Victory Lake camp - in effect 04/12/10 to 09/13/10 as per road sign

 the Hudson Valley Rail Trail is being extended eastward to the west end of the Walkway OTH - a construction vehicle advisory for  Haviland Rd. and Vineyard Ave. in the village of Highland town of Lloyd NY (section:2 map19 - old and new route) extra caution is advised in this area for the remainder
of the year 2010

sunken manhole cover village of Hyde Park (section:2 map19 - old and new route) NB side US rt. 9

rough shoulder advisory US rt. 9 village of Hyde park (section:2 map19 - old and new route) - there is also a gap caused by erosion - stay to right - the
rough shoulder area is on the SB side and is from just after the intersection of CR 41 (post office) to just north of the FDR home NHS

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast route, best time for weather?
« on: November 07, 2009, 02:44:22 pm »

IMHO you should depart from Fl - if going south to north - so that you may arrive up here, the Mid Hudson Valley (Poughkeepsie NY) and New England around mid October in time for the fall foliage etc. and will be treated to a view like above - the above pic was taken from the Walkway Over The hudson (the new primary bike-ped river x ing between Pok. and Highland NY ACR sec 2 map 19) typ. the weather can be quite nice - however in between the Colorado-like days of blue skies and sunshine there will be days of rain and maybe snow - a couple of weeks ago we had a winter preview with gray skies temps in the 40's and several days of cold rain here in the mid-hudson valley - today (11/07/09) is sunny temps in the upper 40's and tomorrow will be a bit warmer than norm with temps in the mid 60's

General Discussion / new Hudson River crossing
« on: October 06, 2009, 05:50:04 pm »
hello Missoula... we have a walkway..

the NY state park Walkway Over The Hudson opened to the public at 3:00 PM local time on Saturday - on Sunday there was a ride acros the walkway and...
today Tuesday 10-06-09 I saw the first long dist touring cyclist using the new Hudson River x ing - he was from France!

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