Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 23 of 23
  1. #1
    Senior Member capejohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Fairhaven, Massachusetts
    My Bikes
    Novara Randonee, Felt Z45, Marin Belvedere Commuter
    Posts
    1,710
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Adirondak Park Loop

    Has anyone here posted a blog or journal on that ride? I'm planning a summer tour and this is one of the possibilities. I found one in crazyguy but am looking for something more discriptive.
    Last edited by capejohn; 03-02-10 at 01:17 PM. Reason: spelling correction
    Bike riding New England gentleman.

  2. #2
    It's carbon dontcha know. 6thElement's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Between the Hudson and East
    Posts
    145
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd been looking at this loop too and wondering if anyone had done it and posted their experiences online.

  3. #3
    Silly Party Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    NH
    My Bikes
    Rans Stratus XP
    Posts
    334
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here are discussions that came up on a search on adventurecycling.org

    http://www.adventurecycling.org/foru...action=search2

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    633
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    While I've not cycled the route, I have riden many of the roads on my motorcycle, and I spend a fair amount of time in the Adk hiking and canoeing. First, unless you like to be eaten alive, do not ride the route from mid May thru the end of June. The Black Flies will do you in. Its beautiful route and the roads generally have nice wide shoulders, there's not much traffic, though summer is prime tourism season, so towns will be much busier. Speaking of towns, they are the only places you will find any services. There's nothing between them but beautiful scenery. In summer, campgrounds/hotels may be full all week, so it may be best to at least check out the availabilty in your planned stopping points. The riding is rolling hills, but there are some short steep rises here and there to make things interesting.

    If you have any other questions, just PM me,
    Brian

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Taos, NM
    My Bikes
    2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
    Posts
    552
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    see my link at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/jbpence

    scroll to the bottom. i rode this last september after labor day. totally empty of tourists. not many campgrounds. gets very steep for short distances.
    2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
    2009 Custom TI Frame touring Bike. S&S couplers, XTR Drivetrain. LOW granny.
    2009 Performance Bicycles TI (by Lynsky) road frame, 7900 DA, 7950 DA Compact Crank, Light Niobium Rim Wheels

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by capejohn View Post
    Has anyone here posted a blog or journal on that ride? I'm planning a summer tour and this is one of the possibilities. I found one in crazyguy but am looking for something more discriptive.
    Here's one, I think there are more on the site:
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=5930&v=AA

  7. #7
    Kip
    Kip is offline
    Senior Member Kip's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    193
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I rode the Adirondack loop 2008 with a friend. We started from Albany and and went to Saratoga Springs, Lake George, Tupper Lake, Durant Lake and Boonville. Then we picked up the Erie Canal route and headed west to Rochester. The two weeks included Labor Day weekend at which time traffic was heavy but for the most part it was fairly light. There were some mosquitoes though not too bad. We used Adventure Cycling Association maps and found them to be good, however it seemed like a lot of the roads were not marked. What's up with that NY?

    It was a grand trip, scenic, historic locals friendly and accomodating. Have a great ride!

  8. #8
    Senior Member Thulsadoom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Gouverneur NY
    My Bikes
    2003 BIANCHI VIGORELLI, 2002 TREK 520, Schwinn Mesa WINTER BIKE
    Posts
    1,235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I haven't posted a journal but I've toured around the park extensively and I'd be happy to try and answer any questions you have.

    The park is huge. I've been touring in it, off and on, for years and still haven't seen everything. I love the Adirondack museum and the Lake Placid area. The shoulders are great, traffic is relatively light, the scenery is fantastic, wildlife is everywhere(including bears), and lots and lots of climbing. Plenty of campgrounds, and tons of stealth camping opportunities if that's your flavor. The AC maps are great, but not really a must in this particular area.

  9. #9
    Senior Member capejohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Fairhaven, Massachusetts
    My Bikes
    Novara Randonee, Felt Z45, Marin Belvedere Commuter
    Posts
    1,710
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks everyone. We have a change of plans that have us riding in Canada, from Buffalo NY to Montreal. We will ride Bike Rt. 9 back to Albany and are taking a detour to Lake Placid and Keene Valley to do some touristy stuff.

    I did ride that part of the park years ago and it was difficult getting up that mountain.
    Bike riding New England gentleman.

  10. #10
    Senior Member bike00's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    S.E. Michigan
    My Bikes
    "97 Nashbar TweeTee, '94 Trek T100, '95 Univega Via Montega, '08 Trek 1.2, '09 Trek EX8, '00 Trek R200 Recumbent
    Posts
    63
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I am putting together a self guided tour for about 6 people using the Adventure Cycling Adirondack Park Loop route. I should be OK with the route, and probably accommodations, but I'm looking for a luggage transfer service to take our gear from hotel to hotel each day. I plan on staying in or near Lake Luzerne, Ticonderoga, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Indian Lake, and Caroga Lake.

    Is there a service anyone knows of that will do this?
    '97 Nashbar TweeTee
    '94 Trek T100
    '95 Univega Via Montega
    '08 Trek 1.2
    '09 Trek EX8
    '00 Trek R200 Recumbent
    Skatebike

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Durham, NC
    My Bikes
    LHT + FreeRadical
    Posts
    454
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My wife and I attempted this loop in 2011 and it kicked our butt. I was expecting hills and at the time we were living in sw Ohio where most bicycling requires serious climbing. The incessant climbs ruined us and we called it quits after our second night. It simply wasn't fun and we weren't covering nearly as much ground as we planned.

    I will add this was our first tour with our dog, using a burley trail waggin. Long story, don't ask. In short our dog ended up not being compatible with touring, and the extra weight of the trailer was a drag.

    The area is spectacular so if you go you will be blown away. But I think the reason you don't see lots of journals is because it is 200 miles straight out of hell. Exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea.

    Also, roads weren't great but weren't terrible either.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    633
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You might try using the Lake Champlain Bikeways :: Vermont, New York, and Québec in one bicycling adventure website, or search for bike shops in the towns you plan to pass through or use the local chamber of Commerce sites. I will tell you there is not much in the ways of services in Tupper Lake & Indian Lake. In fact between those towns there is not much in the way of services. Nice riding though & love it there.

    When are you going? Hopefully after black fly season. If not bring a headnet :-)
    1965 Moulton Speed 4, 1974 Fuji 12 speed, 1987 DB Ascent EX, 2006 Dahon Speed TR, 2009 Salsa Fargo, 2011 Gravity 29.4, 2011 Salsa Casseroll, 2012 Surly Moonlander

  13. #13
    Senior Member bike00's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    S.E. Michigan
    My Bikes
    "97 Nashbar TweeTee, '94 Trek T100, '95 Univega Via Montega, '08 Trek 1.2, '09 Trek EX8, '00 Trek R200 Recumbent
    Posts
    63
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by VT_Speed_TR View Post
    You might try using the Lake Champlain Bikeways :: Vermont, New York, and Québec in one bicycling adventure website, or search for bike shops in the towns you plan to pass through or use the local chamber of Commerce sites. I will tell you there is not much in the ways of services in Tupper Lake & Indian Lake. In fact between those towns there is not much in the way of services. Nice riding though & love it there.

    When are you going? Hopefully after black fly season. If not bring a headnet :-)
    I'm planning a Fall trip, probably mid September.

    I've already sent some emails to a couple of shops and one tour company, but no responces yet.
    '97 Nashbar TweeTee
    '94 Trek T100
    '95 Univega Via Montega
    '08 Trek 1.2
    '09 Trek EX8
    '00 Trek R200 Recumbent
    Skatebike

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    633
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This is a long shot, but I've done tons of paddling in the Adk Park and also formally did canoe racing over there. Brian McDonnell was the organizer of the largest canoe race and a hell of a nice guy. He also runs a canoe rental & guide business in Lake Clear. He may be able to help you or point you to someone who could.

    CONTACT - MAC'S Canoe Livery & Adirondack Watershed Alliance
    1965 Moulton Speed 4, 1974 Fuji 12 speed, 1987 DB Ascent EX, 2006 Dahon Speed TR, 2009 Salsa Fargo, 2011 Gravity 29.4, 2011 Salsa Casseroll, 2012 Surly Moonlander

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Philly
    My Bikes
    IF SCJ SE, Surly LHT, BikeFriday NWT, Cannondale M300, Raleigh 700
    Posts
    3,936
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bike00 View Post
    I'm planning a Fall trip, probably mid September.

    I've already sent some emails to a couple of shops and one tour company, but no responces yet.
    FYI, some campgrounds start to close after Labor Day. Also, September can be surprisinly chilly and wet, especialy at night. Crossing the country on the NT, we had some wet, chilly weather in mid-August. It was a cold rain. Woke up in Booneville to frost.

  16. #16
    Senior Member RollCNY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Central NY
    My Bikes
    Felt Rejected
    Posts
    6,261
    Mentioned
    85 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What constitutes the "Adirondack Park Loop"? I have ridden a significant part of the park, hiked the 46 peaks, and spent a great deal of time there, and where it is generally hilly, I can't think of any section that would be hilly enough to put off a tour.

    I also think people have vastly different tolerances to black flies, because I have never been bothered by them when I have gone, and I am there through the spring most years. If you are riding, you will never notice them. If you camp in an area with dead air, they are a nuisance, but any place with a breeze will keep them at bay. I have always found the deer flies to be far more annoying.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Philly
    My Bikes
    IF SCJ SE, Surly LHT, BikeFriday NWT, Cannondale M300, Raleigh 700
    Posts
    3,936
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    What constitutes the "Adirondack Park Loop"?
    It's an Adventure Cycling Association route. There is a tail from/to Schenectady. Going counterclockwise, it heads through places like like Saratoga Springs, Warrensburg, Hague, Ticonderoga, Port Hnery, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Speculator and Gloversville. You get more details on their web site.

  18. #18
    Senior Member RollCNY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Central NY
    My Bikes
    Felt Rejected
    Posts
    6,261
    Mentioned
    85 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Gotcha. Thanks. I have ridden much of that area, but didn't know an official planned route covered them.

  19. #19
    Senior Member robert schlatte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    columbus, ohio
    My Bikes
    Soma Saga, 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8
    Posts
    401
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A friend and I riding self-supported from Columbus to Burlington, Vt. Our route takes us from Boonville, through Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid to Burlington, July 8, 9, 10. Looking forward to the challenge and fantastic scenery. Forgot about black flies. We'll make sure to pack a lot of DEET. Any advice is welcome.

  20. #20
    Senior Member bike00's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    S.E. Michigan
    My Bikes
    "97 Nashbar TweeTee, '94 Trek T100, '95 Univega Via Montega, '08 Trek 1.2, '09 Trek EX8, '00 Trek R200 Recumbent
    Posts
    63
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    FYI, some campgrounds start to close after Labor Day. Also, September can be surprisinly chilly and wet, especialy at night. Crossing the country on the NT, we had some wet, chilly weather in mid-August. It was a cold rain. Woke up in Booneville to frost.
    For the trip I'm planning, we won't be camping, hence the luggage transfer service I'm looking for. It would be a group of 50-something women. Chilly won't be a issue (this same group is doing a one day ride this weekend in Northern Michigan. The forecast is a high of 50 and a low of 33). Wet can happen anytime.

    I do plan on doing a solo self-contained ride of the route prior to taking the ladies.
    '97 Nashbar TweeTee
    '94 Trek T100
    '95 Univega Via Montega
    '08 Trek 1.2
    '09 Trek EX8
    '00 Trek R200 Recumbent
    Skatebike

  21. #21
    Senior Member Thulsadoom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Gouverneur NY
    My Bikes
    2003 BIANCHI VIGORELLI, 2002 TREK 520, Schwinn Mesa WINTER BIKE
    Posts
    1,235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by robert schlatte View Post
    A friend and I riding self-supported from Columbus to Burlington, Vt. Our route takes us from Boonville, through Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid to Burlington, July 8, 9, 10. Looking forward to the challenge and fantastic scenery. Forgot about black flies. We'll make sure to pack a lot of DEET. Any advice is welcome.
    The black flies will be long gone by July. They're definitely out there right now though. I just got back from a couple of hours out fishing and my arms are tired from constantly trying to wave them away. Little buggers.

  22. #22
    Senior Member robert schlatte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    columbus, ohio
    My Bikes
    Soma Saga, 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8
    Posts
    401
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Thulsadoom View Post
    The black flies will be long gone by July. They're definitely out there right now though. I just got back from a couple of hours out fishing and my arms are tired from constantly trying to wave them away. Little buggers.
    Thanks. That's good to know they will be gone.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We are thinking of doing this June 20 - July 7. Any weather considerations we should make or precautions against bugs?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •