Our family just got home from the day's festivities high (200+ ft) over the Hudson River on what was in it's day the longest bridge in the world. This is the ultimate 'Rail Trail' experience. It was really too crowded to bike today, and I suspect it will be so for a few more days until the frenzy subsides. Today it was packed with people trying to squeeze past a dozen or so bands and other acts playing to an appreciative crowd.
Earlier in the day my older daughter danced as part of the the 'One River, Many Streams' festival in Waryas Park on the waterfront in Poughkeepsie. The dignitaries cut the ribbon after lunch, and the rebuilt pedestrian/cyclist only new deck opened to the public at 3 PM. We joined them for the 1.25 mile gate to gate walk after that.
This bridge joins the still under construction rail trails on both sides (Dutchess and Ulster Counties), and will eventually allow one to ride from Hopewell Junction all the way to New Paltz. It was a big day in the Hudson Valley!
Pictures when I get them off my camera! (I'm so damn excited....)