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Old 05-16-17, 01:35 PM
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(NY) South/North Country Trailway Water & Food Resources?

Planning to try to ride the South Country Trailway from the Bronx up to the current gap in Elmsford and back after doing the first few miles out of Van Cortlandt Park last week.

I usually carry two liters of water/sports drink, snack bars, electrolyte tablets, etc, and this will be only about 80% as long as some rides I've recently done, but it does look to be a hotter day, so thinking about options for re-stocking en route.

Anyone know of convenience stores, vending machines, etc that are close to the trail? As a former rail line it tends to be mostly lined by woods and industrial lots and loading docks, and tends to cross lonely country lanes more than business centers. But seems like there are probably occasionally places.

The end in Elmsford looks like it might be an option as the very reason there's a gap there is that it is a more built up area.

Or water fountains in any parks it passes?

Not going to try to get through to the North Country Trailway this time but since they will soon be one trail no reason not to have resources for that in the same thread.

FWIW I'm riding a unicycle, which both magnifies the impact of the distance involved (I expect this to be a 4 hour trip), and means anything I bring ends up in a backpack - still thinking about squeezing a bottle onto the frame somehow to augment two in the backpack. It also means I won't have a lock, and am hesitant to take a road detour off the trail beyond walking a few blocks.

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There are several café and food options within sight of the trail in Ardsley. That might be your best bet. There's also a 7-Eleven, as well as other stores, on a short detour off the trail on McLean Avenue. But that's just outside of Van Cortlandt Park, so you probably won't need anything that early?
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There are several café and food options within sight of the trail in Ardsley. That might be your best bet.
Thanks! Took some figuring out on the map as the trail seems mostly sandwiched between the parkway and thruway there, but seems like one can probably get from the trail to the Ardsley Motor Court parking lot and then across Saw Mill Road to a Sunoco that probably has some things.

There's also a 7-Eleven, as well as other stores, on a short detour off the trail on McLean Avenue. But that's just outside of Van Cortlandt Park, so you probably won't need anything that early?
A bit early outbound, but still worth keeping in mind in case of returning "on empty" since there's still the challenge of the Old Putnam (not to mention an hour subway ride) to go at that point.
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Yep.... both of those options are slight detours but not too much of a big deal. It'll be about 5-7 minutes out of your way. There's a small market, a Starbucks, pharmacy, pizzeria, etc in Ardsley.

If you like Old Putnam you could do something really challenging, you could exit the South County Rail Trail at Ardsley and then head over to Dobbs Ferry to hop on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail (going either south or north). I've never ridden a unicycle, so I don't know how difficult that would be.


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Thanks! Took some figuring out on the map as the trail seems mostly sandwiched between the parkway and thruway there, but seems like one can probably get from the trail to the Ardsley Motor Court parking lot and then across Saw Mill Road to a Sunoco that probably has some things.

A bit early outbound, but still worth keeping in mind in case of returning "on empty" since there's still the challenge of the Old Putnam (not to mention an hour subway ride) to go at that point.
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Ditto chipseals post.

There's a Starbucks as well as a Smoothie place just west of the Saw Mill Parkway at Lawrence St., easier to get to then the one in Ardsley.
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There is plenty along 9A where the trail ends in Elmsford. We stopped at a Dunkin Donuts but I know there was a deli in the area. Take a look at 9A in the area on google maps. It's the the stretch from 119 to warehouse road
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There is the deli right at the end of the trail in Elmsford (I think called the Elmsford Deli) which is where I usually pick up water. It is right across the street from the end of the S Co trail, so you won't have to stray. A good option if you just need to resupply when you are turning to head back.
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Thanks for all the suggestions! Seems like there are quite a few opportunities to augment the two liters I'm normally carrying.

Despite picking up a piece of aluminum strip yesterday, I've not yet figured out to how to fashion a water bottle cage that would fit in the available under-seat space without interfering with things already there; there just aren't many places to mount things on a unicycle, especially in ways that don't complicate getting on - those who do unsupported touring end up with a pole and very narrow panniers projecting fore and aft, which seems a bit complicated for a casual afternoon in Westchester.

While probably a topic for a different thread, trying the Croton Aqueduct trail sometime is an idea of ongoing interest, particularly figuring out if it is smaller gravel which is pleasant or large loose gravel like that recently filled in part near the south end of the Putnam trail in Van Cortlandt, where staying on is a 50/50 proposition. Generally a big wheel unicycle is nice on dirt and rolls over the occasional tree root or bump (there are people far more skilled than I who will bunny hop serious rocks, stairs, picnic tables), more of my hesitation is the apparent gaps through town centers; close traffic is a bit more unnerving than on two wheels.

But for the moment I'll do an out and back on the contiguous section of the South Country, since a lack of time meant I had to turn around short of Ardsley on my first trip. Then it will be a question of giving the OCA a try, pushing through the gap in Elmsford to see the rest even before they build the connector (this fall?) or what.
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It's the latter for the most part. It's also quite gnarly and knotty in parts with bumps and rocks. The northern side in my experience tends to be more gentle and that of a typical gravel ride. Still, you'd have to contend with crossing streets every 100 yards or so.

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....While probably a topic for a different thread, trying the Croton Aqueduct trail sometime is an idea of ongoing interest, particularly figuring out if it is smaller gravel which is pleasant or large loose gravel ....
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Thanks again for the recommendations. There did look to be some options in Elmsford but had taken a break at the signed "rest area" just south of Main St so when I got to the end turned around pretty quickly feeling pushed for time.

The Sunoco in Ardsley via the Ardsley Motor Court parking lot looked possible, but a bit of bushwacking and maybe a little impolite.

Ended up stopping at the very visible Mile Square Plaza on Tuckahoe road, which worked, though the gas station were I got a two liter water bottle to refill mine was a notable walk down the hill and back up from the trail access at the northern end. If I had to do that again, it looks like there are some unofficial stone steps from Mile Square Road up to the trail just to the south.

All in all it was a fun ride, and probably a personal record for sustained pace on the latter part of the northbound leg, as I tried and only slightly missed keeping up with a social bike group while spinning like mad on a laughable 36 ungeared inches. Going to have to figure out how to mount a water bottle where I can reach it while riding if I ever do that again.
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How about using a CamelBak or something similar ?.

70 oz., 100 oz., etc.. they tend to keep liquids cooler as well.
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How about using a CamelBak or something similar ?.
I've thought about it. When I first started riding I balked at the cost, later it seemed reasonable but I keep coming back to the fact that with water bottles there's very good perception of how fast I am going through them. I'm not sure I'd have that same sense with a camelback, especially when weighted with the other stuff I end up carrying in a backpack.

Plus I do odd things like put an electrolyte mix or sport drink in one bottle and plain water in the other, and tend to take a rinse of the second after a pull of the first.

Unicycle saddles are notoriously uncomfortable so hopping off for a minute now and then is generally welcome; but one minute on the ground is a 300 yard lag behind a 10 mph group. Having both hands free reaching for a bottle and unscrewing the lid would feel pretty natural; trick with mounting it on the frame would be space and that it would go flying any time I hit an unseen tree root on the Putnam Trail (let's not get into how many times that happened on my dusk return, though ironically I stayed on through the gravel trap which I had not on the way up).
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A lot of triathletes use a dual bottle holder that mounts to the seat post. Would that work on a unicycle?
Also if you wear 3 pocket cycling jersey you can just stuff bottles into 2 of the pockets.


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I've thought about it. When I first started riding I balked at the cost, later it seemed reasonable but I keep coming back to the fact that with water bottles there's very good perception of how fast I am going through them. I'm not sure I'd have that same sense with a camelback, especially when weighted with the other stuff I end up carrying in a backpack.

Plus I do odd things like put an electrolyte mix or sport drink in one bottle and plain water in the other, and tend to take a rinse of the second after a pull of the first.

Unicycle saddles are notoriously uncomfortable so hopping off for a minute now and then is generally welcome; but one minute on the ground is a 300 yard lag behind a 10 mph group. Having both hands free reaching for a bottle and unscrewing the lid would feel pretty natural; trick with mounting it on the frame would be space and that it would go flying any time I hit an unseen tree root on the Putnam Trail (let's not get into how many times that happened on my dusk return, though ironically I stayed on through the gravel trap which I had not on the way up).

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A lot of triathletes use a dual bottle holder that mounts to the seat post. Would that work on a unicycle?
Interesting idea! specifically the angled and offset version presents some possibilities for fit that the vertical ones I'd previously seen don't.

Unfortunately, looking at the actual geometry of my setup it seems like it probably wouldn't fit unless the bottles were quite small or the holder projected far enough back that I'd worry about it changing the overall balance and being the first thing to impact the ground. Can't be angled out side to side too much either or it would get hard to straddle when jumping on. Would be completely different story with the longer post on the 26" unicycle compared to the 36" one, but with no gears wheel size matters.

Still, the idea is worth some ongoing thought.
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After doing in the low 40 miles on a too-sunny Sunday this weekend, I'm starting to feel like the ~50 mile Brewster to Van Cortlandt ride on a unicycle is within reach.

I think I'll do it southbound, so that the unfamiliar parts come first, and the familiar south country trailway portion and shorter subway ride home last.

But now that I look at it, I'm starting to think maybe first I should do one more mid-40's round trip ride for conditioning and some route scouting.

From the Van Cortlandt park golf house through the Elmsford connector to the southern edge of Millwood looks to be 25 miles each way; if I do that, so I end up sampling the .6 mile portion on route 100 north of Brian Cliff Manner, and the .8 mile portion south of Millwood, will I have seen all of the on-road portions?

What's it like from Millwood up to Brewster? I feel like there was a good thread on that here a few years back, but my searches are only finding intermittent mentions, mostly about some hills and rougher terrain near Brewster, but can deal with that especially early in a southbound ride.

On the earlier water bottle subject, ended up getting a collapsable liter bottle as a giveway at an event, and headed out with that and two in my pack. I'd have to hold it in my free hand while mounting, but once up to speed found I could I could clip it's little carabiner hanger to a pack strap, where it didn't bounce around too badly, and I could unclip it occasionally to drink from... (benefits of riding no hands!). The added weight didn't really bother me, so I think my solution is just going to be to make a slightly larger pack that can carry three liter bottles inside or rig up a half liter bottle with squirt top in some kind of holster on the front of a pack strap. Being able to carry three liters seems about right for a hot day with several hours between refills - a gallon jug of water typically costs less than a two liter bottle, and if I'm nearly out, refilling the bottles and drinking some uses most of one with a little left for hand washing or face splashing or whatever.

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I usually park at millwood and head north from there. I've never ridden further north than Lake Carmel. The trail is mostly a gradual up hill. Taking it south would be easier. Best places for refueling would be Yorktown Heights with both a good cafe (The Traiside) right across from the traffic light in town, and a small shopping plaza with deli and supermarket a little past it. The town of Mahopac also is a good bet, but it can be a steep climb back up to the trail from Rt 6 where everything is located.
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FWIW. I have as note, ridden every bit of this at various times and logged all this on bike computers. It's pretty close to what RideWithGPS comes up with.

South-North County-Putnam Trail Distances - South to North

Golf Club in VCP, to paved section, 1.6 miles

Van Cort Park to Touissant Ave., 4.3 miles

Touissant Ave. to Rt 119 – 7.5 miles


On Rt 9A to Warehouse Lane and NCT – 1 mile


Warehouse Lane / NCT to Eastview – 3 miles

Eastview to Rt 117 – 3.3m

Rt 117 to Millwood – 5m

Millwood to Kensico Reservoir – 3m

Kensico Reservoir to Yorktown Heights – 3.5m

Yorktown Heights to Putnam/Westchester County Line – 7.5
Put/West County Line - Lake Mahopac - 1.5 miles

Lake Mahopac to Carmel – 5.5 miles

Carmel to Old Mine Rd. - 2.3 miles

Old Mine Rd. to western Putnam Ave. (end of trail) - 1.2 miles

Putnam Ave. to Brewster, on Rt 6 - 1 mile

51.2 miles

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There are stores just off the trail in Carmel, Mahopac (not too steep), Yorktown, Millwood, Elmsford, Toussaint Ave - Yonkers.

Doing some zoom in on Google will show you what's around in these locations.

It's generally hillier north of the Putnam/Westchester county line, including some hilly stuff between Mahopac and Carmel.

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I've only done the entire trail from north to south, probably 4 or 5 times now, and it is definitely a gradual downhill. It is a railroad grade, so nothing will be very big. The only exception is the connecting part up around Brewster where I remember thinking that it wasn't supposed to be hilly at all, but there was a small climb. I haven't done it in a few years. My in-laws have a house in the Berkshires and I'd bring my bike up in the van, and my wife would drop me in Brewster on the way back.

I once rode the other way, but starting in Brewster North (now Southeast) station and all the way up to Great Barrington with the NYCC. It was a nice ride except they did the thing I never do, which is to stop for a long lunch. I usually just grab something quick and keep going. By the time we started up again my legs said "no more". But I loosened up eventually.
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Thanks for the input on the northern portions of the trail! Weather permitting, I'm hoping to do a round trip well north of Elmsford tomorrow, as a stepping stone to then doing the ride back from Brewster.

In the meantime, here's a picture from last weekend of a stretch of graded dirt between an on-ramp and the west bank of the river which I hope is the southern end of the connector.

While looking for something else, I also happened on an article with details: North Trailway + South Trailway = ? (annoying auto-play video)

It will cost Westchester taxpayers $2.8 million for the final connection, which includes a tunnel under Interstate 287 and the link to where the North County Trailway now ends on Warehouse Lane.
So it sounds like the not-yet-paved portion in this picture runs north, will go under the elevated 287 in it's own "tunnel" and then connect up with the portion along warehouse lane that I saw already paved (but still roped off) a few weeks back.

But it won't be perfect, requiring a detour on the south side of main street to the east to cross and then back even further west across the pictured bridge, to where they'll presumably be altering the railing to give access down to the trail.

Attempts to make a crosswalk at the trail head proved not possible. So cyclists will have to dismount, walk a half-block along the sidewalk, cross at the crosswalk at the light, and then walk on the north-side sidewalk to the new route.
Perhaps best combined with a water/snack stop...
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Sounds like they abandoned the old right-of-way just north of Rt 119, in favor of building new along and over the Saw Mill River, bypassing a lot of local businesses in the process. Probably cheaper to build new 100 ft to the west then litigate getting all those businesses off County property.

Biggest issue I see is the crossing of Rt 119 is right at the intersection with 2 Saw Mill Parkway entrance and exits. That's going to be fun, even with a light. We'll see how that works.
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Biggest issue I see is the crossing of Rt 119 is right at the intersection with 2 Saw Mill Parkway entrance and exits. That's going to be fun, even with a light. We'll see how that works.
There are no lights between Nob Hill Rd. much further to the West, and what they want you to do which is walk the sidewalks to/from the crossing to the East at the intersection with Saw Mill River Rd. The quote about adding a crosswalk being not possible makes it sound like someone (the state?) prevented adding a light.

I think I've concluded that the light at Saw Mill River Rd. may not automatically do a pedestrian phase, but responds fairly quickly to pushing the button.

It will be a big improvement over the current detour, but yes, imperfect - hence my comment about treating it as a break opportunity rather than ride-through.

Too bad there's no shade though - was last there on a brutally sunny day, though fortunately late enough in the afternoon for there to be some shadow by a building on the south side.

Someone who put up an awning over some seating and sold drinks and snacks (and perhaps bike odds and ends) outside could do great business on a weekend, especially if usage of the trail picks up due to the connection.

But looking around on Streetview, the "tunnel" comment from that article doesn't make any sense - 287 is way up on pylons with plenty of space underneath, it would seem like following the shoulder of the Saw Mill on ramp and then staying close to the river to avoid the 287 west to Saw Mill north ramp would require nothing but some clearing and grading. While crossing under the 287 to Saw Mill ramp seems pointless as then they'd have to cross back.

Alas today's rain makes pushing through Van Cordtlant park to revisit this tomorrow start to sound like a rather muddy adventure - will be glad when that project is done, too.

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Thanks again for the recommendations. There did look to be some options in Elmsford but had taken a break at the signed "rest area" just south of Main St so when I got to the end turned around pretty quickly feeling pushed for time.
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Thanks again for the recommendations. There did look to be some options in Elmsford but had taken a break at the signed "rest area" just south of Main St so when I got to the end turned around pretty quickly feeling pushed for time.
Do you have something to add to the conversation or was this a posting mistake?

Because just re-posting of the first sentence of my post of May 17th seems a bit odd and pointless otherwise.

Your other posting on the site also seems a bit odd.
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Today's ride was meant to be a scouting trip further north on the NCT than I'd yet been, and hopefully up to Millwood.

Unfortunately I spent the morning tinkering with a sewing machine and turning my apartment upside down looking for webbing, with the intent of improving my backpack, reachable water bottle, etc. Ultimately I set out two hours later than planned.

Pretty quickly figured out that I wasn't going to manage 25 miles north and then back again before dark - and while bombing the the old Put at twilight is fun, it then gets really dark, and has rocks and roots that need to be seen even on a dry day, which this wasn't. So I pulled out my phone and checked Metro North schedules from Pleasentville thinking catching a train home from there would let me explore further north than I had. Crossing the reservoir that was still my plan, but I decided to push on a bit further so that by the time I backtracked I'd have a 40 mile day.

But then I was in Yorktown, and found some food, and was enjoying myself - and it was the second longest day of the years, so I figured I could make it the ~17 miles to Brewster not too much after dusk.

So I did. Last 6 miles were pretty isolated and dark and even got some fog reflecting my headlamp, but the Putnam trail has these nice mile markers (42.2 is the county line, incrementing North) that are fairly frequent and so it was nice to see those counting up to my estimate of the end (I suspect they measure from the southern end of the former railroad in the Bronx, the part Metro North still occupies, as I think they got up to 53 and it was definitely not that far from Van Cortlandt Park).

Not sure what is going on after the first meeting of Putnam Ave - lots of construction signs and fence blocking what looked like rideable trail. Given the late hour I just put my brighter blinker on my backpack and walked the road shoulder into town.

When I add up the SCT (14.1), NCT (22.1) and Putnam (11) I get ~47 miles. Add in Mosholu to the Westchester Line and the walk from the end of the trail to the station and I get 49 miles, maybe 47.5 ridden, so it looks like an actual half-century is still in the future.

I assume there has to have been some re-routing on the Putnam trail away from the original right-of-way - hard to imagine a train doing some of those dips and rises.

Made it into Brewster just before the pizzeria closed, so was able to get a chicken roll for the long train ride home.

Ironically I learned later from another rider that what had been a light midafternoon sprinkle through the tree cover when I encountered it in Ardsley was a "turn around an go home" downpour up by the Kitchawan bridge, so maybe setting out late wasn't so bad after all, given that conditions at the bridge were beautiful when I finally got there around 6 pm.
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