Join me for my monthly Bronx to Brewster
almost a century Ride.
that's the Bronx's Van Cortland Park to Brewster NY Putnam County via the South and North Country Rail Trail also called the Putnam Valley Trail.
Ok, time to update this
MY next ride scheduled Saturday May 9th.
I will not be shooting for the full century for this first tour:thumbsup:
, go out this week and get some miles in for this ride if you want to beat the pants off me.
Trail Condition Update
: As of 7/13/14 and only up to Yorktown: The trail was relatively clean. Very few sand traps and dirt wash on trail. The section just north of the reservoir bridge was closed from erosion by super storm Sandy for a while but has been reopened with limited passage. They ask you walk your bike thru this narrow pass. Believe me this is better than the dangerous detour they had. From what I feel of the amount of engineering work that needs to be done here $$, this will not be fully repaired for along time.
But this is Westchester, so who knows.
For these first few Spring rides we will be turning around at either Yorktown 66 miles or Lake Mahopac 80+miles, depending on how much pain you and I are in. Then we shoot for the full Trail 2nd or 3rd group ride.
These "full trail rides" begin on the South County Rail Trail head that's in Bronx's Van Cortland Park. Van Cortland Park is right at the last stop of the #2
train. Meet in back of Van C.P. near to the golf course club house, at the benches on south end of the lake. We leave at 9:30am or 10: Intending to going to trails end in Brewster NY and back. Aprox 100 miles, usually return around 4:00pm.-6:00. Expect to ride at an average of 16mph. Please be able to keep this pace or aspire to so we can all ride together. This is my
monthly event on either Saturday or Sundays depending on mine and peoples availability.
The first mile of the trail in Van Cortland pk, is a nasty dirt/wood chips and mud ride. Because Van Cortland park spent the money on a golf club house and not the trail. After that were on the "rail trail" and the rest is car free and is completely paved smooth. That is mostly flat with minor false flats. There is one section 10 miles up is Elmsford that puts you on side street for a mile and another that is 1/2 mile along highway 9W, but then its back to the trail. Aside from those stretches, there are no cars so there is no fear of death on a rail trail. You can go as fast as you want for as long as you can
and only have to look out for squirrels, chipmunks and strollers and elderly folk. We will see and pass; lakes, ponds, streams, brooks, waterfalls, parks, and on the upper portion a horse farm and an apple orchard. (we stop and steal an apple in season) Through bucolic towns and over a reservoir bridge we go.
in the fall
Plenty of places to stop along way and not a problem stopping if you need to adjust, straighten, pick, scratch, photo, whatever. Bring your own lunch or get the melty cheesy burger I usually get near turn around point. Of course bring; cell phone, medical card, power bars, $, hydration, rosary and a SPARE TUBE for you. Obviously bring seasonal items depending on the weather like sun screen or wind breaker. Wind glasses I highly recommend and padded gloves always help. Fancy Bike pants with the cushy tushy padding are a must!
Canceling if its expected to rain or even looks like its going to rain, because I'm a p-ussy that's why.. Let me know if you plan to join just so we can confirm we are actually riding that day. I try to do this bi monthly so keep eyes out for this updated or save me to your favorites, subscribe to or what ever this site offers.
Photos were taken with my cell phone on separate rides on this trail.
Hope to see you then, now put down that bag of potato chips and get on your bike!
In the spring
The sign says "No Jumping From Bridge" so don't try and kill yourself.
This is why I don't like getting caught in the rain.