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Offline bronx_ny

nyc to northampton ma
« on: August 20, 2006, 10:23:45 pm »
Looking to do this in a two-day trip this fall. Any thoughts on routes would be appreciated.  Thanks.
David

Offline JayH

nyc to northampton ma
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2006, 12:16:21 pm »
Take a look at the ACA atlantic coastal routes, you can get out of NYC, by either the long way (ACA route) or the shorter way:

http://www.roberts-1.com/bikehudson/

use the above to find a good route from the GWB...

Then you can use the Rubel bike maps for western Massachusetts and the Berkshires to get to NoHo. Pick a nice one.  Getting from CT to MA is fairly simple. Route 41 out of Salisbury CT goes into MA and you can use the Rubel bike maps from then on.

Jay


Offline bronx_ny

nyc to northampton ma
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2006, 04:37:13 pm »
Thanks for pointing me to the Roberts site - a lot of good info there.

Looking at a contour map, I was thinking that east to New Haven and up the Conn. River valley to NoHo keeps me out of the bigger hills. Is there a Rubel equivalent for Connecticut?

David


Offline JayH

nyc to northampton ma
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2006, 09:48:37 am »
http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=1380&q=259662

Not as good as the Rubels, but the CT one linked above is free.

Having ridden the ACA maps from new paltz to basically York Beach, in Maine, I would say that going north from CT to MA is not that hilly.. I've ridden to Great Barrington and have ridden north from there to Pittsfield and it's not a bad ride, some hills, nothing back breaking.

What is hilly is riding across Dutchess Cty on the ACA bike route, lots of rolling ups and downs. Just think millions of years ago, the glaciers flowed south from the polar regions of the north cutting valleys into the land (the Hudson Valley is a famous one, but there's also the Taconic and the CT river valleys). So basically, riding east/west across Dutchess is hilly while when you're heading north, it lessens.

The ACA maps across northern CT goes by a reservoir... forget the name but it's east of an American Legion State Forest campsite (we camped there). But I remember a big gradual uphill after that but nothing that isn't doable, i.e. you wont have to walk if you have the right gearing and endurance.

As far as riding east to New Haven.. Southern CT will be more dense than northern CT. The ACA route takes you all the way across CT to about the area south of Webster, MA (and that lake with the super long name :-) ). You could use those maps and then basically head north when you get to the Rt91 area around Enfield or so. However, MA is very pretty and probably more countrier than No CT. but less roads of course.  NW CT is a very pretty part of CT in the taconics, the AT goes through there.  

Jay

This message was edited by JayH on 8-23-06 @ 5:52 AM