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Old 03-02-10, 08:29 AM   #1
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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.

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I'd been looking at this loop too and wondering if anyone had done it and posted their experiences online.
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Here are discussions that came up on a search on adventurecycling.org

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

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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.
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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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 :-)
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Gotcha. Thanks. I have ridden much of that area, but didn't know an official planned route covered them.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We are thinking of doing this June 20 - July 7. Any weather considerations we should make or precautions against bugs?
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