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Old 07-28-09, 05:23 PM   #1
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Thinking about a Hudson river mini tour

So, I have some vacation time coming up and am thinking about riding north from NYC along the Hudson. I only have 6 days so it would be three days out and three back. What I am finding though, is that there are very few campsites along the way. I am not sure how fully loaded the bike would be, front and rear panniers, tent , thermarest and sleeping bag, so don't know what distance I would/could cover daily. Has anyone done any self supported touring along the Hudson and know of places to camp? It wouldn't have to be a state park campground, could be a private one. I am not really interested in stealth camping (for one thing, my tent is bright orange). Might have to hotel it until I get further away from the city. I am thinking of going at least as far as Kingston, although I would not have to limit myself to the west side of the river. I know, I know, that is only about 110 miles from the city, but it has been a long time since I have toured and I don't want to over do it. If I get there and back in less than 6 days that is also fine, may want to do some sightseeing along the way.

Found one possible mapped route - http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...york/617471271

Just as an FYI, here are the NY State Parks that allow camping - http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/li...S7=72&sortBy=0

This is a map which shows all of the NY State Parks. - http://nysparks.state.ny.us/gmaps/

This supported tour from Albany to NYC seems very nice, but I would rather do this on my own. - http://www.ptny.org/hudsontour/index.shtml - they camp on college campuses and other locations by special arrangement.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Old 07-28-09, 08:36 PM   #2
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As far as routes go, call this guy during business hours and ask for the Route 9 map:
New York State Department of Transportation
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
50 Wolf Road, 54
Albany, NY 12232
Phone: (518) 457-8307

He is the nicest guy in the world and may be able to suggest some places to stay along the way.
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The west bank of the Hudson is gorgeous. If you like city riding, check out the East bank. I rode this route last year and loved it, although the hills kicked my @rse. Very urban and cool - it also goes through Ossining (home to Sing-Sing prison and the Sing-Sing prison museum) and Sleepy Hollow (contains the cemetery with [STRIKE]John Irving's[/STRIKE] Washington Irving's grave). Check out the Crazyguy journal if you want more info. (See my sig.)

You can cross the Hudson on the Bear Mountain Bridge, and there's a weekday commuter ferry somewhere south of that that allowed bikes when I checked in 2008.

(Warning: The bits crossing over into the Bronx are a bit vague, so bring a map.)

There's supposed to be a trail along the Hudson that starts in Yonkers and keeps going, but I never found it in Yonkers or in Hastings-on-Hudson.
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... Sleepy Hollow (contains the cemetery with John Irving's grave). Check out the Crazyguy journal if you want more info. (See my sig.)
I think you mean Washington Irving, 19th century writer, and not the author of The World According to Garp.

I agree it was a great tour, and I encourage the OP to read your journal.
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I think you mean Washington Irving, 19th century writer, and not the author of The World According to Garp.
Whoops; thanks, I corrected that. Check out Johnny's A Prayer for Owen Meany if you get the chance.
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The OP may also find NYDOT's Bicycing in New York State page useful.
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As far as routes go, call this guy during business hours and ask for the Route 9 map:
New York State Department of Transportation
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50 Wolf Road, 54
Albany, NY 12232
Phone: (518) 457-8307

He is the nicest guy in the world and may be able to suggest some places to stay along the way.
Thanks for this and the other suggestions. I will call him. Hopefully I can find 2 or 3 places to camp legally along the way. There are campsites around/on bear mountain, but I would rather stay close to the river and not do the climb with my gear just to camp.
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I am almost positive that the guy you're going to be calling is Eric at the DOT. He is very helpful.

You're asking for a copy of the map for State Bike Route 9 - it will list accommodations and a route to follow if you're interested.
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