Riding from NYC to Ithaca NY - good route?
Doing a small tour this fall riding from NYC to Toronto. Plan to join up the Erie Canal trail N of the Finger Lakes. The one part of my route I haven't been able to dial in is riding from NYC to Ithaca / Watkins Glen region. Plenty of cue sheets available once I'm there, but it's that leg I'm whiffing out on.
Right now I could ride up route 9 which I know all too well from weekend rides to Nyack or Bear, to join route 17 at Goshen and head west.
Just wondering if anyone has suggestions for something more scenic and more directly NWerly.
Likewise what's it like to ride Bicycle Route 17?
Maybe I should hit Pennsylvania's route L west out of NYC instead?
And then finally, what a good route would be from Binghamton area to Ithaca where I'll have to leave 17 behind. Once I reach that area I'll be good.
Any advice much appreciated especially with recommended campsites (and yes I know it's going to be cold thank god for my sub 2 pound 15 degree mummy bag). I will be aiming for 96 miles a day. I'd prefer something gentle and picturesque more than all else, gonna take this one easy.