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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

(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


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

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!

General Discussion / Walkway Over The Hudson
« on: September 30, 2009, 05:04:59 pm »

 A 2.4 mile section of the Dutchess rail trail - phase 2 - had been completed here in Poughkeepsie near the end of June. The pahase 1 section, at the southern end in Hopewel Jct.,was completed last year. And that other trailway under construction,the "biggie". In the early 1990's, an organization was formed by Bill Sepe. Bill Sepe's dream was to convert (with volunteer workers and private donations) the old Poughkepsie-Highland RR bridge into a linear sort of park with a boardwalk, or walkway, so that people may go out onto the bridge and enjoy the awesome view etc. That organization waould be named"Walkway Over The Hudson". In the late 90's, after I had moved to here in Poughkeepsie, I had the oportunity during a public "open bridge" day at the west end in Highland, to go out on the bridge up to the first support, or "bent" in RR trestle parlance. It was indeed quite awesome, but was also a bit precarious.The track was still there and so to my left I could seen down through the RR ties, and to my right the only thing to prevent me from plunging 212' down to the river, was a somewhat flimsy looking wood rail. Once on the bridge I could also get a scale of just how big of a project it would be to convert this bridge into a "walkway" This would be no job for a bunch of amateur volunteers. Bill Sepe's dream would have been a nightmare. Over the next 10 years both the Dutchess RT and the Walkway seemed to fade into a wishful dream by a small handful of visonaries. During this period, unbeknownst to the public, a rift in the Walkway OTH organization had developed between Bill Sepe, and those that realized that to make it happen would require very serious money from the government, and also corporation with. These "rebels" within the organization were led by Fred Schaeffer. He had been on a couple of my bike rides I had led for the Mid Hudson Bicycle Club. I had also been on one or two rides he had led. In 2004 he became the chairman-of-the-board. Bill Sepe had a dream,but Fred Schaeffer had the practical business plan. He also has a vested interest as well, like myself and other cyclists, he would like to be able to one day ride across that bridge. And so there I was, on a short ride within the city of Poughkeepsie last year during the late summer, and as I rode along Parker Ave. I had seen that something was going on with the old RR siding to the main Maybrook line ROW. The track was being removed. Then a bit later I was on a ride across the river for an early apple picking ride. On my return, as I rode past the power sub-station along Haviland Rd. in Highland, I could see a construction area fence-gate and a construction office trailer. There was also a large Walkway Over The Hudson sign which also had the logos for the various contractors. It was finaly hapening after all these years, the old RR bridge was being converted into a walkway. The actual walkway would consist of 974 pre-fab concrete deck sections.

And so, on this last day of September 2009, the big day is almost upon us ....

The grand opening of the Walkway Over The Hudson, will be over the first weekend of October - Friday 10-02,Saturday 10-03, and Sunday 10-04.

The actual  opening ceremony will be on Saturday. The ceremony for officials, dignitaries, and other invited guests will be between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. It will be during this formal ceremony that the ownership of the Walkway will be handed over to the state to become a state park. On Sept. 16 the Walkway had gained status as a National Recreation trail - like the Appalachian Trail  At 1:00 PM there will be a parade across the walkway. There is suposed to be a jumbo screen in Waryas park. The walkway will be open to the public at 3:00 PM.

 On Sunday the Walkway will be open for the first full day for the public. Fred Schaeffer will be leading a mass ride across the walkway at 10:00 AM

 The Walkway OTH site has a full schedule of the grand opening events over the weekend. The city of Poughkeepsie will be providing additional parking and a shuttle bus. Hopefuly they will sacrafice one of the new diesel-electric hybrid buses, with the bike racks, for this special event
shuttle. This will be much apreciated for the "topographicaly chalenged" cyclists coming up here, via train, as the east entrance on Parker Ave. is at elevation higher than the RR station.

note: the weather forcast for the weekend is not looking good - showers on Friday, and Saturday  Sunday seems to be the best day for the weekend with partly sunny
(or cloudy) conditions On Saturday I may take the shutle bus as pedestrian to the walkway and just walk the section in Poughkeepsie - Friday was suposed to be just cloudy but showers are now predicted - this could pose a problem Frday night - there is suposed to be a lighted lantern release and fireworks

RE: ACR section 2 map 19 (#BC-1442 04l) FDR Mid Hudson Bridge walkway access route and Poughkeepsie local route

just in case the above map has not been updated with the info I had sent here is the link to the document I had sent to AC several years ago - in addition to the route to/from the ACR over the FDR MH bridge here in Pok. NY this doc also includes loding and other info for the Poughkeepsie area - in another subject/forum and/or post I will provide the latest update to the ACR through Dutchess county NY including a relatively NEW county campsite in the far north of the county along / very near to the route and...

the above bridge currently is the ONLY crossing between Pok. and Highland NY BUT... in October there will be a NEW MUCH more bicycle friendly crossing the Walkway Over The Hudson - I am working on alternate route to/from the ACR for that crossing as well for more about the walkway visit their website at:

also I have a blog detailing the progress of the above

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