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Offline jaymartinkozak

bicycling NYC to Montreal
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:24:56 pm »
Dear Psycholists,
In the middle of May I will start to cycle from the George Washington Bridge to Montreal.  I live in San Francisco and will ship my bike.  I see New York Bike Route 9 and 9w.  Has anyone done this route?  How is this route for cycling?  Is there a better route.  How about camping?  I called the NY State Parks Department and they told me there is a minimum of 2 days stay in each park.  I want to go north along the New York side of Lake Champlain.  After leaving Montreal and other parts of Quebec, I want to go south along the Vermont side of Lake Champlain to Burlington, Vermont and then bike to Portland , Maine.  I bike about 50 miles a day and I am not a racer.  Last May I took 86 days to bicycle from Ocean beach in San Francisco taking the Western Express to Lewes Beach in Delaware then to NJ for my 50th high school reunion.  Any assistance would be much appreciated. 

Offline dkoloko

Re: bicycling NYC to Montreal
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2019, 10:08:18 am »
Over and over I see cyclists planning on using Rt 9 or 9W traveling north from New York City. Both are very busy and not recommended. West side of Hudson River less trafficked than east. Cross Hudson over Newburgh bridge or railroad bridge in Highland. Rt 32 not bad from Newburgh to New Paltz. From New Paltz there are better alternatives.

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: bicycling NYC to Montreal
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2019, 11:53:08 am »
Agree. 9 and 9W are not nice in a lot of places. Poughkeepsie & Hyde Park come to mind. Was just up that way last spring.

Here is the route I followed from St. Albans, VT, near the Canadian Border, to Philadelphia, PA:

Some of it is part of ACA's Atlantic Coast Route. (North of N. Canaan, CT, it was my own route). Some dirt roads in NY, MA and VT, but the surfaces were benign. (Any time you get off the beaten path in VT you should be prepared for unpaved roads.)

Camped most nights. Got a room in Hyde Park. There is a state park a few miles north on Rte. 9, but it's not great and sort of a PITA to get to. Rented a restored caboose in Chester, MA, but there is a campground on U.S. 20 just north of town. Also spent two nights at my high school reunion in Deerfield, MA. Worth passing through the historic village and moving on to Brattleboro, VT.

ACA has a route from NYC to Chicago. You could follow that to the Middletown, NY area then take Rte. 17M (which eventually changes to a county road) and hook up with the Atlantic Coast Route north at Bloomingburg, NY.