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  1. Steve says:

    So, are you planning on riding the Harlem Valley rail ride?? I’ll be riding across the State on the Great Big Fany Ride that week, but eastern Dutchess has some great riding, and for those that are not well in the head, great climbing out of the Harlem River valley.

    But, the story shorted the riding around Poughkeepsie, true the Hudson Valley Rail Trail which connects the western side of the walkway to Tony Williams park, which is about 6 miles, and not very spectacular by any means, but from there a short ride across 299 will put in you in the black creek area and give you some great riding on Plutarch and north Eltings corner roads which will add another 10 miles of shaded low traffic smooth road riding. The plan is extend the HVRT to South St, which would then put you a light to cross 299 right onto North Eltings corner, that may happen next year, and the would run that trail out about 7 miles each way from the walkway.

    But the real gem for the geeky bike riding train nerd now is the Dutchess rail trail (http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/DPW-Parks/17055.htm), yes, you have to navigate 2 sections over the road, but you leave the eastern side of the walkway, ride up 9G/Parker Ave, loop around Dutchess Community college to Morgan lake. Ride that section, then hang a left at the end onto Overrocker road, right onto Ireland Drive and out to a light on Rt. 55, cross and ride up the wide sidewalk to Page Lumber, and the another 8 miles of trail await to take you to Hopewell Junction. From the Highland side of the Walkway, you have about a 38 mile ride. Not so chump.

    And for you Westchester types, make your way to Brewster, pick up the Putnam rail trail, which connects to the North County trail, which connects to the South County trail and other than some Rt. 100 riding and a blip around Elmsford, you have a 80 mile ride on the Put.

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