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    Even MORE Time Sensitive: New Paltz (Wallkill Vallet RT) or Poughkeepsie (Hentry Hud

    OK, my original plan didn't work out, so now I'm looking to head up north to either the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (for the new Rosendale Trestle) or to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail (for the Walkway Over The Hudson).

    Does anybody have an opinion? And can you tell me about the other rail trails that connect to the Walkway?

    We want an easy ride and a nice outdoor meal at the end of the day.

    The trip is THIS SUNDAY, August 10th, so please reply with that in mind? Thanks!
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    Based on food alone, I have more experience eating in and around New Paltz than Poughkeepsie, so for New Paltz, there are a lot of good places to eat, like the Guilded Otter brewpub, Bacchus, LemonGrass (Thai) and it's a college town.

    For Poughkeepsie, maybe you can go to the CIA ? The Wallkill is fairly easy, but might be wet in spots if a lot of rain beforehand. Of course, the walkway over the hudson is real easy, you could do a loop too over the Mid Hudson Bridge (north side walkway)...

    I'm sure there are good places to eat in POK, I just am not as familiar with them as New Paltz.

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    The Wallkill trail goes north and south from the west side of New Paltz, so 2 out and backs, if you choose NP as your car park.

    It goes a while north, less to the south.

    The Hudson Valley trail is only 3.6 miles long from the west to the Walkway Over The Hudson. You can link the 2 trials (HVRT and Walkill) by road riding 2 miles or so on Rt 299 thru New Paltz, so some options.

    Or start in Hopewell Junction in Duchess County and ride 12 miles north on the Duchess Rail Trail to the Walkway over the Hudson, then extend west on the HVRT. Easy to do a 36 miler RT on the Duchess/Walkway and HVRT.

    Note the the bridge is packed with pedestrians on nice weekends, so be prepared to walk the bikes the 2 miles over the bridge. Well worth the destination as on a nice day - which Sunday is supposed to be, the views of the river, the Catskills and the Hudson Highlands are spectacular, it's really worth the trip.

    FWIW, Hopewell Junction is about a 1/2 hour closer then New Paltz, straight up the Taconic Parkway or 684 and 84. The trail parking lot is on Railroad Ave. of Rt 376.

    After, head down to Beacon or Cold Spring for lunch, lots of places to eat, both are crowded with citiots on weekends so lots of options. Then easy back to I84 and home.

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    Good info. Thanks!

    I've ridden the Wallkill from New Paltz to Rosendale before, so I pretty much know what to expect there. I seem to remember it ending on a huge trestle, though, which I kind of assumed was the Rosendale Trestle. But now I'm getting the impression that the trestle is brand new. Whatup wit dat?

    My wife is only good for about 15 miles each day, so I don't want to over-think this. I'm mostly curious about the Hudson Valley RT/Dutchess County RT part of the trip because I've never done it. We just booked the Holiday Inn Express in Poughkeepsie, so it looks like we'll stay overnight after the Wallkill, then get up and drive to one of the parking lots for the Dutchess County RT. From there, we'll ride over the Walkway and onto the Hudson Valley Trail, maybe ending at that park in Black Creek or something. It's OK if the second day is just a short ride, as we'll want to explore some of the "new" spots along the way.

    I'm still open to (and would welcome) any other input. Thanks, again, Jay and Steve!
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