Upstate Ride: Shawangunk Mountains - Recap

Saturday, July 22, 2023 - Recap

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Upstate Ride: Shawangunk Mountains

85 miles

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Trying to keep up that spring training momentum. And it's summer so let's get out of the city!

 

I dreamed up this route - I've done parts of it, and have not done other parts of it. 

 

Route includes a number of (gravel) rail-trails, on-road biking, countryside, limestone caves, multiple scenic bridges, a few cute towns, and one big uphill climb toward Ellenville - should be beautiful.

 

Please note: this ride will likely take up the entire day. We will be sure to stop for food a few times along the way, etc.

 

Ride With GPS route map:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43498281 

Ride Details

Distance 85 miles
Start Location Sent to registered members
Date Saturday, July 22, 2023
Meet Time Sent to registered members
Start Time Sent to registered members
Level B - Steady Eddy
Speed Whatever you want, babe
Ride Organizer Stephan P.

Riders

Stephan P.

Jonathan S.

Christian T.

Thomas S.

Allen C.




Comments:


David W.

July 1, 2023


This is the same time as the Whitney Ride

Peter E.

July 1, 2023


I think this ride appeals to a very different audience than the other one that day. It sounds like a great excursion and it's really beautiful up there.

Jonathan S.

July 1, 2023


Thanks for planning this, Stephan.  Do you have a sense as to how rough the unpaved sections are?  I have 32mm tires.

Thomas S.

July 1, 2023


Sounds like a great ride! I have the same question as Jonathan about the gravel sections, I'm a little concerned about my tire size (25mm). 

Stephan P.

July 2, 2023


Glad you guys are interested! Here's a photo of the first rail trail - maybe that will help you decide. I'm good with keeping to roads, though. There are roads that run parallel to all of the trails.

 

https://www.traillink.com/trail-photo/wallkill-valley-rail-trail_131486/

 

Here's a (low res) photo of the second rail trail.

https://www.traillink.com/trail-photo/ow-rail-trail_158450/ 

Thomas S.

July 2, 2023


Thanks, that is helpful! Looks a little too rough for my set up, I will stick to the roads. 

Jonathan S.

July 6, 2023


I think I'd want to stick to the roads, too.  Would you be able to circulate that version of the route, as well?

Stephan P.

July 7, 2023


Hey all, I just created an all-road version of the ride. Happy to stick to this one, if the consensus is that the trails are a no-go! 

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43576001 

Jonathan S.

July 8, 2023


Thanks, Stephan.  Looks good!

Jonathan S.

July 20, 2023


Should we meet at the information booth in Grand Central at 7:40 AM, with train tickets to Poughkeepsie in hand?

Stephan P.

July 21, 2023


Hey! Yes sounds good. I will probably try to get there even a few minutes earlier just to be safe.

 

For everyone's awareness, there is an app that you can buy Metro North tickets on now, so that will save you 2 min if you download ahead of time. Otherwise, the ticketing area that is sort of northwest of the information booth is usually half as busy as the one nearest the subway - FYI.

Nico C.

July 21, 2023


sounds good! see you at 7:40am

Thomas S.

July 21, 2023


yea, sounds good! see y'all in the morning :)

Nico C.

July 22, 2023


just woke up. so sorry but wont make it :/

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Speed Freak Fast paceline ride Steady Eddy Moderate paced ride Easy Rider Gentle paced ride


RIDE LEVEL KEY

A - Speed Freak - Fast paceline ride

B - Steady Eddy - Moderately paced ride

C - Easy Rider - Gentle paced ride

The 'Ride Speed' indicates the target cruising speed on flat roads.