Join Date: Jul 2007
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The link you provided does not have any Adirondack routes on it, but I looked at the Adventure Cycling site which shows a basic map for the route that starts/ends in Albany. It pretty much covers all the ADK's but I personally would skip Albany and start/stop somewhere else, like Warrensberg, just off I87, for ease of access. The sections where you are riding with a view of a lakes are along Lake Champlain near Port Henry, for a bit along the Saranacs, along Tupper Lake, good view of Blue Mt. Lake as you come down the hill off the shoulder of Blue Mt. then you cross over and see Long Lake, then along Indian Lake, but mostly you see trees and a lot of them.
Al the roads are good for biking and there's rarely any bad traffic anywhere. Most of the towns have some sort of general store for supplies. It's a good time of year to tour, the kids are all back in school so fewer tourists, excepting the seniors in barely mobile homes. It can also get cool and bring rain gear for when it rains, it gets cold up here at this time of year.
This is one loop I'm planning:
A 4 day credit card/B&B/Hotel trip would be park a car in Warrensberg, NY. Each of the towns on the 4 day loop has motel(s) and restaurants.
Day 1 to Port Henry, NY on Lake Champlain, via Rts 9 north, then Rt 8 east, then 9N North to Rt 22N (57m or so),
Day 2 to Saranac Lake, via County Hwy 7 to Lincoln Pond Rd. to Elizibethtown then 9N to Rt73 to and thru Lake Placid then Rt86 to Saranac (52m). Note that I skip heading west from Port Henry to the Northway and Rt's 9 & 73 and up to Keene Valley. It's less hill climbing up the Lincoln Pond Rd. to Elizibethtown, then 9N to Keene.
Day 3 to Blue Mt. Lake via Rts 3 and 30 (54m),
Day 4 to Warrensberg on Rt28 (48m).
Note that there are options to camp as well, with NY State Campgrounds at Crown Point, NY, just south of Port Henry, Fish Creek Pond, W of Saranac Lake on Rt 30, as well as Lake Durant campground, just west of Blue Mt. Lake, but best check for closure dates as the DEC tends to shut stuff down early due to budget cuts.
A good on-line mapping program can let you determine routes and options. The webs is good for determining the possibilities for hotels/motels and food. The NY State DEC site has the campground listings.
Last edited by Steve B.; 08-10-11 at 06:17 PM.