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Offline Annalisa

New York City to Boston
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:32:06 am »
Biking to Boston and up to Bar Harbor this summer.  Wondering if anyone has any advice on which route to take.  Planning on biking up route 9 to Poughkeepsie and meeting up with the atlantic coast route to Boston.  Has anyone done if differently?  Along the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island - because I think I would prefer coastal riding.
Thanks!

Offline trooper2899

Re: New York City to Boston
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 12:04:33 pm »
                    Haven't done it on a bike but U should probably make better time on the bike than in a vehicle......when U get close to Bar Harbour the traffic going out there is horrendous ......boats and RV's etc.......its all stop and go ..........on the bike U should be able to get around all that be careful.......enjoy.

Offline wanderingwheel

Re: New York City to Boston
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 02:22:51 pm »
I've ridden between New York and Boston by a few different routes.  Usually, I was actually starting in Glen Cove on Long Island, so I had slightly different options than leaving from New York itself.  The few times that I did go through Manhattan, I always headed up 9W to Poughkeepsie and then more-or-less along the Atlantic Coast Route -- just as you are considering.  It's a nice trip, and it always surprised me how rural the hills in Connecticut felt after leaving New York.

Starting from Long Island, I actually preferred to ride out along the north shore and then catch a ferry across the sound.  Riding out each of the necks on Long Island will add lots of time, but it was usually worth it for me.  Given the choice, I would prefer to ride all the out to Orient Point and take the ferry to New London rather than take the Port Jefferson - Bridgeport ferry and ride along coastal Connecticut.  The north shore of Long Island was a much nicer bike ride to me than the coast of Connecticut until you reach New London.  If you're headed out Long Island to begin with, you could also consider going to Montauk and then going through Block Island.  Again, my choice for this route would be along the north shore and across Shelter Island rather than through the Hamptons.  If leaving from Manhattan, I'd take the LIRR to Great Neck or Roslyn to skip the more urban areas.

Sean

Offline bktourer1

Re: New York City to Boston
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 04:45:26 pm »
I rode from Springfield MA to NYC via backroads & rail trails.  Send email address and will send ny cues.  From Springfield, you could take route to Boston.  Get Rubels bike maps for MA.

Ed