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Old 10-04-10, 07:48 PM
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Touring in the Tristate area

So, I have the opportunity to ride a 5 day mini-tour, but I have no idea where to ride to. I live in Mahopac, New york, which is in the southern end of the Hudson River Valley. I am considering Albany as a destination, but it's not all about the destination and I'm pretty sure that the route to my destination will be the jewel of the trip.

I plan to stealth camp, putting up the tent as the sun falls and leaving camp before the sun rises.

The way I'm thinking now is,

south = nyc & NJ which are too urban
North = Upstate Ny, MA, VA, basically rural and beautiful states.
East = I don't know of too many interesting places over in CT for touring.
West = Possible, but again, no knowledge of destinations.

Can anyone suggest a good touring route or destination within 200 miles of the Hudson valley (Mahopac more specifically).
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For a destination what about Cape Cod or Martha's Vinyard. I'm not sure how much of US-6 is bikeable, you may want to ask in the Northeast forum.
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Try this out and see if it helps.

or this: https://www.nj.gov/transportation/com...ike/tours.shtm
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Do you like hills? The tristate corner area (VT,NY,MA) is a very pretty but hilly area. I'm not real familiar with the NY side of the border but do know the Berkshires (MA side) very well. The southern corner with CT/NY also involves some climbing entering and leaving MA. If you follow the Housatonic River valley you can avoid most of the climbing on a north south trajectory. There are lots of interesting places to visit in the Berkshires. If you really do like to climb, let me recommend Mt. Greylock. Newly paved road to the summit. Highest point in MA. A fun climb on a road bike. Never tried it with a loaded touring bike. It might suck. I think you'll find plenty of options for stealth camping all along the MA border area. It's still quite rural with lots of woods roads and wayside turnoffs. State forests abound. A good bit of historical sites scattered about. Herman Melville's home in Pittsfield. W.E.B. DuBois's birthplace between Egremont and Great Barrington, Tanglewood. Chesterwood (home of Lincoln Mem. sculptor Daniel Chester French) in Stockbridge. Foliage ought to be peaking soon. Been a dry summer so don't expect the most vibrant colors however.

I think it's a great area for bike touring. You'll enjoy yourself if you head up this way. Let me know by p.m. if you need more info.

Try this link: https://www.bikenewengland.com/berkshire.html

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