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Anybody up for a ride on the North/South county trail tomorrow?

Old 05-26-13, 03:20 PM
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Anybody up for a ride on the North/South county trail tomorrow?

I'm going to catch the 7:48 out of GCT to Southeast and ride the entire trail home. I was supposed to be up in the Berkshires this weekend, in the Great Barrington area, but the weather didn't cooperate. It was supposed to be even worse up there than here in NYC so we didn't go. I was going to have my wife drop me at the trail after lunch at the Red Rooster in Brewster on route 22.
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Didn't do it, so its a good thing nobody wanted to go. I decided it was too long a trip to get up there and would rather just ride. I went up to the 36+ mile mark on my odometer and turned around on the trail. I got home and my odometer said 75.04. Not a bad day riding. The west side bikeway was packed, Prospect Park was packed on the way home. And you still had the jerks thinking they're Lance and everybody should get out of their way.
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Same was true in CP this afternoon. Hate the holidays. Love weekday riding though.
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Just curious, how do you get to Manhattan from the trail? I live in northern Westchester and have been down as far as Van Cortdandt Park but don't know what to do from there.
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From VC park, get off the dirt trail onto the paved sidewalk that's marked as a cycle route, go to the right and then into the tunnel under the old tracks. On the other side you ride out towards Broadway. Take a left on Broadway under the el and it'll take you to the bridge into Manhattan. There are also some parallel streets if you don't want to ride on Broadway. Or, you could get off the trail at the end, go onto the roadway and take that out to Bailey Ave and ride on Bailey to 225th, take a right and then a left back to Broadway bridge. Just be careful as there is an exit from the Major Deegan at the park, but it isn't too bad to pass.

Once in Manhattan you can take the first right on 218th go past the Columbia stadium and left onto Seaman Ave down to Riverside, a right onto Riverside and a few blocks you'll come to the Henry Hudson entrance ramps. Go under the parkway on the sidewalk and there'll be stairs, those stairs take you to the west side greenway, which takes you all the way downtown.

I did this just yesterday, and do it fairly frequently, and it is safer than it sounds.
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Thanks. Just a little unclear about something. When I get to the southern end of the Trailway, where VC Park starts, the road turns to dirt. Do I keep going on the dirt road or is there an earlier turn off I should take? I don't like the idea of riding my road bike on that dirt path. Too many rocks and roots, and it is very narrow.
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Originally Posted by Mpov
Thanks. Just a little unclear about something. When I get to the southern end of the Trailway, where VC Park starts, the road turns to dirt. Do I keep going on the dirt road or is there an earlier turn off I should take? I don't like the idea of riding my road bike on that dirt path. Too many rocks and roots, and it is very narrow.
Stay straight. The Old Put RR trail (also known as the South/North County Trail in Westchester) goes thru to the south end of VCP to the golf club. The "cycle route" zacster refers to is a paved trail that you meet near the road to the golf club. You are off the Old Put at this point, passing under the RR line and heading west to Broadway.

It's mostly rideable on 23mm's if not muddy. I've done it on 28's and saw multiple roadies heading north so I know it's do-able.
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I ride that muddy section on 23s, GP4000 at that, not some heavier duty tire. Just take it slow and watch out for the railroad ties. I wouldn't try it at night as you'll likely hit something even with bright lights, and there's something about being on a hidden trail in the Bronx in the dark.

There's really no place to get off the trail once you hit the unpaved section until the end. You're fenced in between the parkway and the golf course.
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