Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Even though the ride is over and I am back home, it is not too late to make a donation, we still need to collectively raise another million dollars to cover the shortfall for this year.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
The only negative was that as we were riding down Gate Hill, someone in a black SUV tossed a bottle at me. It missed, sailing over the handlebars as I rode -- and I was holding my line to the right of the road, not interfering with traffic. I don't know if it was deliberate or just stupidity. Considering that a suspiciously similar black SUV on Saddle River Rd. pulled out from behind me to pass me and then cut me off and quickly stop to make a left turn, I think it was deliberate.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
First I considered the straightforward route: straight up Closter Dock Road to 9W. This is 9.3 miles and 567 feet of climbing. It's a climb of 2 miles to 9W of 406 feet and that's it for climbing, the rest is modest rolling hills.
The next route option is
Piermont Road - Walnut - Pershing, which is a distance of 9.3 miles with elevation gain of 508 ft.
At about mile 5.2, one starts climbing the Palisades ridge for 1 mile gaining 300 feet. That's an average grade of 5.8% though there's a .1 mile steep section.
Churchill Road in Englewood Cliffs is a well-known NYC area climb. I considered aroute including it as well. It is 9.2 miles and 469 feet of climbing.
Over 1.1 miles about 260 feet elevation gain. So it's not as hard as it seems climbing Churchill.
The shortest route is lesser-known. At 8.4 miles and 437 feet of climbing, the route via Myrtle Ave is an example of how numbers can be deceptive: coming off Oak Trail road is a left turn and immediate climb up the hill on Myrtle.
The good part is that you coast down the other side of that hill and then a small rise is just enough to kill your momentum and let you roll to a stop at the intersection with US 9W.
Going up Van Nostrand to Jones Road is the least climbing with 420 feet gained over 9.3 miles.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
|David climbs the last hill of the first day of our trip. We had a lot of climbing, mostly along suburban or country roads as we crossed Chester and Lancaster counties and into our destination: Intercourse, PA.|
|Marty climbs the same last hill as automobile traffic patiently follows. Overall, we had reasonable and courteous behavior from the drivers in Chester and Lancaster counties (we had very little on-road in Philadelphia other than Manayunk, which is a very bicycle-friendly community).|
|The Schuylkill River path resumes on the towpath, paved with gravel, of the Manayunk Canal after on-street connections through Manayunk.|
|Marty rides down Lock Street in Manayunk, a neighborhood of Philadelphia. We had stopped at the bike shop seen in the background before continuing our journey. I bought a map of the trail and a couple of Hammer gels to try out before climbing some hills after Valley Forge.|
|We made it the entire length of the towpath and some distance further on the regular paved trail before the skies opened up and drenched us in rain. That got Jesse's copy of the cue sheet rather soggy too. As we neared Valley Forge, the rain passed us. As you can see from the puddles, the rain had passed Valley Forge. We ate our lunch as we dried out thinking we had seen the last of the rain for the day.|
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I've got the routes all planned and plotted for the Garmin. We'll take a more meandering route outbound since our rooms await us.
Monday we'll have a great tour of southwest Lancaster county and the eastern portion of York county including crossing two bridges over the Susquehanna. For lunch on Monday we'll picnic at the Indian Steps Museum. It's closed Mondays but there are picnic tables on the grounds and taking Indian Steps Road avoids us coming down a hill and having to make a 270 degree turn to continue on. Dinner on Monday we will partake of the kosher dining facility at Franklin and Marshall College; hopefully we'll get there early enough to see a little of the campus. It's a little over 12 miles further to our hotel and sunset is 7:45 PM, so we'll eat a little earlier to minimize riding in dusk or dark.
Tuesday we'll take Pennsylvania Bicycle Route S back until we are near Valley Forge, where it heads north to far out of our way to Washington Crossing. The least hilly (one can't avoid hills at all but one can try to minimize climbing) route across Pawling is slightly longer: straight down Valley Forge Road is shorter but adds a fairly steep though short (120 feet or so) climb. Once we get across the river, the Schuylkill trail is a rail trail so it's moderately rolling at most.
Monday, July 26, 2010
|This statue of Winnisook, the namesake Big Indian, stands at the entrance of Indian Park.|
The climb up CR-47 was nice. I noted but didn't visit the convenience store on the east side near the bottom. The road was reasonably quiet though there were cars it's the only way through to the valley on the other side as well as the Frost Valley YMCA with it's various camps and activities 14 miles ahead. After a short mild climb the road leveled out around 2 miles in for a half-mile. Deceptive, one thinks the ascent is a series of rolling hills and might 'attack', pushing speed up to full cruising. This is not a good idea as one soon hits a 10% grade that gets steeper then becomes less steep only to become even steeper. After about 4 miles of this, the slope again decreases to almost level (after you've been on 10+ % grade, 5% is practically flat). This is another recovery interval, because in a half mile it gets steeper than before and stays that way until the top. The entire route is tree-lined; even at mid-day, there were plenty of patches of light shade.
When I reached the top in the hamlet of Oliverea, I stopped to take some photos.
|My GPS reading at the top of the climb up CR-47 on Slide Mountain|
|The view ahead from the top of the ascent up Slide Mountain on CR-47. The end of the road seen here is the drop-off, a steep descent to Frost Valley.|
|This lake belongs to Camp Winnisook, a private club. This lake has the highest elevation in the Catskills and is the source of the Esopus Creek.|
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Unfortunately, lacking a group taking 9 or more rooms I can't get a discount on the rooms.
I've got a nice route out up the Schuylkill River trail then across the Delwarea to Valley Forge. We'll explore some of Valley Forge on the way. The plan is to climb Forge Mountain and then take Horshoe Trail across and have a nice descent. We'll see. Continuing west to Intercourse, we'll stop at another park for a pit stop.
On Monday we'll have a good day of riding. I plan to climb Welch Mountain and then head out and do a route with some covered bridges and other scenery. A swing by Strasbourg for a peek at the railroad is good too.
Our ride home Tuesday will mostly follow Pennsylvania Bike Route S with a detour to French Creek Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site then back to Route S until we cross the Delaware River. We'll take the follow some back roads to our dinner stop in Elkins Park then we ride to Philadelphia or if we're ambitious and early (!) we can ride 20+ miles to Trenton. If we're tired we can take SEPTA to 30th St. station.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
dinner in the Elkin Park section of Philadelphia. After dinner, it's on to 30th St. station and the train home.
In order to make it more flexible for people outside of NYC and Long Island, the price of the trip doesn't include transportation.
On Sunday August 22, I'll take the 7:14 AM Trenton train from NY Penn station, change for the SEPTA train to 30th St. station Philadelphia arriving 9:45 AM. Anyone not coming from NY Penn with me will meet up in the main level of the station at the north arcade waiting room. From the station we'll ride with our panniers on our bikes at a 16 mph pace out and over the Schuylkill River Trail to Valley Forge as the first leg of our trip. After we ride around the Valley Forge site, we'll continue west across Pennsylvania with a quick stop at Marsh Creek park.
The trip price includes two nights lodging and two days worth of expertly prepared freshly cooked delicious and nutritious meals by Sharron The Kitchen Maven : Sunday dinner, Monday breakfast/lunch/dinner and Tuesday breakfast and lunch. All meals are glatt kosher / cholov yisroel / pas yisroel. The restaurant in Elkin Park is glatt kosher.
Of course cue sheets and Garmin routes are provided.. I've also arranged for a car service on demand to come get anyone, at their expense, who cannot continue but doesn't need emergency medical attention and take them wherever -- back to the hotel, a bike shop etc. .
|Day||Miles||Cruising speed - mph||terrain|
|Sunday||70||16+||Flat to rolling|
|Monday||60-80||17||Mostly hilly, some climbs|
|Tuesday||82||16+||Rolling to flat|
Before the ride
Make sure your bike is in GOOD working order. Pump up tires to the pressure specified on the sidewall. Bring essentials: helmet, 2 spare tubes, a pump, patch kit, 2 water bottles or a hydration pack of at least 50 oz., pocket food, ID, money, credit card, and if you are using Metro North or LIRR to get to/from NY Penn station you need a train pass. Eat a good breakfast consisting of carbohydrates and proteins before you leave home. Bicycle helmets are required head attire for all rides on this trip, and "ipod"-like devices are not allowed.
There are 3 available bedrooms.
Bedroom 1: 1 King bed and a TV, $500
Bedroom 2: 1 Queen bed and a TV $500
Bedroom 3: 2 Queen beds and a TV: each bed, $375
Bedroom 4: Women only (sharing room with Sharron) no TV, 2 beds available $300 ea.
Bring your spouse for Bedrrom 1 or 2:: $225
Paying by check: $175 deposit before July 21st. Receipt of full payment is required by August 1st. Your registration is transferable but non-refundable after July 21st. The above prices expire July 21st; after July 21st, add $150. No registration possible after August 19th.
To pay by credit card, use this Active.com event.
All prices include PA tax.
Please note: there is absolutely no smoking permitted on this trip.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We'll stop at a kosher bagel shop in Monsey after Little Tor. After Mine Hill we'll have a long ride with scenic views from Storm King and the banks of the Hudson River as we head to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to catch Metro North home.
Our goal is to take the 5:57 PM train home from Beacon but do it at Cold Spring. We might well bail at Beacon.
- front and rear lights for night return when you get back to the city.
- lunch or buy something at the bagel shop (dairy only)...or both.
- the usual: spare tubes; tire tools; pump/inflator; water.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
google maps with bike route is fun. Now if I could only get that into my garmin with every turn and get an elevation profile from google maps...
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
My route from Philadelphia via the Wall still needs a hotel in the Pikesville area.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I'll have to find a way to break this up into two segments. That makes this trip into a 4 day / 3 night one with Wednesday return.
Nowhere to stop for lunch either, just dinner from the kosher food place at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster area which supposedly can sell you food without a park admission.
Pkesville area has a number of kosher restaurants and there are hotel options in the area as well.
The restaurant, Max and Davids, in Elkins Park sounds much better than either option for dinner in Philadelphia itself -- I've eaten at Maccabeam, it's OK --, but it means 12 miles after dinner to the hotel though it gives us an opportunity to ride through Valley Forge. This variant is 96.9 miles.
There is a hotel in Chestnut Hill but it's expensive and out of the way. At least in downtown Philadelphia, breakfast options exist.
Monday, May 17, 2010
The three of us remaining rode on at a very brisk pace down the Edgar Felix bikeway and on country roads and residential streets into downtown Lakewood for a snack stop. From then on, it was a long hard fast push to Cherry Hill. Construction on Highway 70 / Marlton Pike West that eliminated the nice wide shoulder we had enjoyed as well as one lane of traffic, forcin us off the direct route to dinner and through more back roads. We reached dinner shortly before 8PM.
The roads of south NJ were quite pleasant overall.
Cherry Hill super century by dhudes at Garmin Connect - Details
Monday, May 10, 2010
Return transportation is on NJ Transit from Cherry Hill station on the Atlantic City line, only 2.7 miles down the Marlton Pike from dinner. Service to Trenton via Philadelphia is fairly quick: one gets back to NY Penn station about 3 hours 30 minutes after boarding in Cherry Hill. We have to ride fast and keep stops to a minimum such that we finish dinner to reach the station for the 6:59 PM; next train is 8:53 PM. We change trains for NJ Transit in Philadelphia. Amtrak doesn't allow bikes on board Northeast Corridor trains.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Back down on the Greenway at 96th St., I shifted to my 3rd (biggest) chain ring and and pretty small gear. I know I was doing about 20 mph for a while. The hill up to the hill to Riverside Drive was tough. I remember glancing down and seeing about 11% there but Training Center claims only 9%; similarly, I thought the steep section of the switchback was 18% but TC says 11%.
The ride from Edgewater down was lovely. The climb up to Alpine was great, I pushed as hard as I could -- even standing for some sections, which I seem to have improved at somewhat. It's been a busy stressful time at work and this sure helped blow off steam.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I felt Shimon would have great trouble with the hills on 9W beyond Piermont and the best thing was to head for Piermont. So much for my carefully planned ride.
Shimon's problem was quickly resolved when we got to the store. That left me with the problem of us several miles east of our route, not to mention on the wrong side of a very steep ridge. I rerouted us on-the-fly to proceed north on the route I'd planned for our return. We went through Piermont and the towns north of it and into South Nyack Beach Park to pick up the bikeway through the park.
After exiting the park, we followed NYS Bicycle Route 9 the rest of the way to the turn for Stony Point Park. When we arrived at the park gate at about 12:40 PM, we found a sign "site closed. No restrooms available". We decided we were hungry and sat on some rocks near the gate overlooking a small pond and wetlands to eat our lunch.
Everyone was hot and tired. We took 9W back through Stony Point, stopped at a store and got cold drinks then continued on south. As we progressed, I saw that Shimon and Karen were not keeping up and having difficulty climbing. I changed our route from hauling down 9W to veer inland -- and downhill -- to take Piermont Road back through to Tenafly. It's a much less hilly route until of course the end when you have to get back up across the ridge. We stayed on CR-501 the whole way and climbed up Palisades Ave. . At the top of Palisades, Karen and I sat on a bench for a while to wait for Shimon, then headed on to the GWB and home.
Friday, April 30, 2010
The forecast for the lower Hudson valley looks promising. At least the morning is clear so an 8 AM start should get the ride up past Tweed at the least. If we get caught in the rain coming down Riverside Drive it's very different than getting caught in the rain on Clove Road in Ulster County (or coming down US44 from Minnewaska in the rain...).
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The timing of our food delivery worked out just right: the girls went "rock" climbing right after we arrived. I tried it, but the route I was on was too cramped and my shoes too stiff so I quit about three-quarters of the way up and rappelled down. After pizza, it was time for arcade games. I played many rounds of "Time Crisis". Carolina and Lori danced away on "Dance, Dance Revolution". After our hour of play time was up, we headed back down to the Bronx. Everyone was fed and happy and picked up the pace considerably -- cruising chatting with Erica on the southern leg from Redmond Park, I noticed that Carolina and Lori had zipped off ahead so I sprinted to pass them with Erica hot on my rear wheel.
A great time was had by all.
Monday, April 26, 2010
4/29/2010 updated the link to the route so that it actually works
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
From there it's straight up to Ardsley.
Scouting this, I really didn't care much for riding on McLean Ave. -- slow, crowded. Still, no time to ride up north and then go over to Ardsley.
The better way is to take the Moshulu Greenway over to Van Cortlandt Park and get on the "Old Put" trail -- but that's dirt with railroad tracks etc., and not improved dirt like the rail trail up in Orangeburg. I did it once on my touring/cyclocross bike but wasn't too happy about it. If we have a week of dry warm weather, it's a possibility but if there's any rain between tomorrow and April 18th forget it: too muddy, take the roads around VCP.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
The reality was somewhat mixed. E. 90th street needs repaving, particularly as it crosses 2nd Avenue and the entire section to 1st. While 1st Ave has a bike lane the pavement isn't in good shape there either.
The best approach is up through Central Park then over to the East Side Greenway and over Wards Island Bridge.
from the Boathouse to the South County Trailway
I did Stony Point last year but I want to change the route. I tried out the new Google maps bicycle route feature and it suggested using the Joseph Clarke Rail Trail then the Raymond Esposito Rail trail continuation (Russell Nelson's rail trail sitemap lists it all as the Joesph Clarke though the signage on the route clearly changes the name of this rail trail of the old Northern Railroad of New Jersey route), offering an interesting possibility of a long distance of car-free cycling from Oak Tree Road into Nyack (or vice-versa).
The trail started out really nice. Then the asphalt ends and the trail continues as single track with some crushed gravel and dirt. A fork in the road offers Blauvelt to the left and Piermont and Nyack to the right. I continued on the right fork, which quickly crossed CR 340 at the intersection of CR303 with US 9W crossing a block or so away. After crossing 340, the trail opens up to a wider dirt road -- no gravel. Conditions weren't too great but passable and I continued on. When the trail turns into the Esposito trail it gets gravel and hardpack, much better. Further on one has a choice as the trail forks slightly left and uphill. I continued ahead into Hader County Park which had pretty decent conditions. Lots of debris from the storms but mostly cleared -- a big branch across the route had an opening cut through it.
Overall, not bad but I have a cyclocross frame with 28mm Continental Gatorskins (kevlar belt) tires; my Brooks B-17 stretched leather saddle worked well when I kept my "sit bones" back at the rear of the saddle. The short dirt segment from the paved section to exit onto 340 is acceptable to get us out on 340 to head for Tweed and thence onto Bradley and head for Little Tor Rd. (though taking Orangeburg Rd. around to get to climb Clausland's 11% grade to Tweed and Bradley is good...). For the return route, when we get off the Hook Mountain we just get on Piermont Ave. and follow it back around to the rail trail back to Oak Tree then over to Piermont Rd and back to Englewood Cliffs where of course there is more climbing to finish the day :-)
The route out has to bypass the entrance to Palisades Malls. That's an ok thing if you're headed east but not west since there are cars entering and exiting. Of course, bypassing means more climbing. The current route looks real nice and pretty different from the route that Steve Sakson's crew will take the day before. Climbing Tweed is a nice prelude workout to what we'll do in Mountainview.
The climbing and turning gets us onto CR33 for miles and miles (about 9.6) even as it changes names.
The route home is easier and takes us through Hook Mountain then along the river.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I've got a plan for a new route this year. Makes it less of a "classic 9W" ride but rail trails can make for faster cycling. Also, on the way home we should take the opportunity to enjoy the late afternoon Hudson River views.
Google bicycling maps:
The outbound route my way which not only uses rail trails but the nice hilly and quiet Tweed and Bradley.
return route along the river. Of course we still climb Churchill Rd on the way home.
It will be a long day if we don't keep up the pace.
I liked riding through Soundview Park greenway. Riding up Zerega Ave. we had quite a lot of cross wind.
I did well on pace on the greenways and other long cycling stretches. I was doing 18-20 at times. It helps when you're on the Greenway: everything's marked, no need to look for the next turn.
Been very busy with work. Some catching up. I tend to put more short updates on Facebook.
Jan 1st ride went off this year as an NYCC-only ride. Ed Defreitas co-lead with me again. A good time was had by all in our small group and pancakes at Garden of Eatin. The weather was reasonably cooperative. I used my new silk base layer (silk glove liners, silk sock liners, silk long underwear). With my GoreTex jacket to stop the wind and provide some insulation, the Perl Izumi Winter Slice jersey and my regular uninsulated long sleeve jersey kept my upper body warm. I used my Cannondale Carbon lE bib tights and wool socks in my Answer Kashmir winter cycling boots. With a set of knit (Perl Izumi) glove liners, the Perl Izumi AmFib gloves were ok.
The scene at Coney Island was quite entertaining. I got out on the beach and took some photos of the folks in the water. There was a wide diversity of people.
The meeting is at the American Youth Hostel on Amsterdam Ave. at 103rd St. in Manhattan. It starts at 6:30 PM. Until presumably July it's listed on the 5BBC meetings page; after that it should appear in their 2010 archive page.