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Rochester, NY to Boston, MA

Old 07-01-11, 10:25 PM
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Rochester, NY to Boston, MA

Hi All,

I am thinking of doing a tour starting in my home of rochester, ny and ending up somewhere a little north of boston. The idea is currently in its infancy, however, I'm doing research to find the best possible route and to see if anyone has any recommendations for places to stay outside, good roads to take/avoid, or any other helpful information. I would be heading straight east probably going through/around syracuse, utica, and albany. I feel pretty comfortable with New York but everything past the MA border is kind of a crap shoot for me. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-02-11, 04:37 AM
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Cool! I actually decided that next year I'd like to attempt a Buffalo to Boston tour over 2 weeks. I have the same issue as you however; using the canal pathway I feel pretty good about most of New York, but I don't have a clue about Massachusetts. If I find anything I'll leave it here.
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Going through Albany, you can pick up route 2, which continues into MA and is a good choice until Orange/Athol, where it becomes a freeway. You can camp at a campground in the Mohawk Trail State Forest on 2 in Savoy/Charlemont. NY7 to VT9 to NH 119 is a northern alternative and passes through the Green Mountain National Forest where camping is allowed pretty much "anywhere", and MA Route 9 is more southerly. Either is a good choice until closer to Boston. Anywhere east of Worcester a secondary road can morph into a freeway or a strip mall without notice.
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The rail trail from Schenectady through downtown Albany is gorgeous, well documented on Google maps too. They just repaved the schenectady leg last summer. There is even a nice rest stop in Niskayuna with bathrooms and water. Can't help you east of Albany though. I'm looking to do Albany to Niagra Falls sometime this summer.

EDIT: Canal trail outside of Amsterdam is paved, but bumpy enough to give a regular road bike quite the jostle, I would use bike route 5 outside Amsterdam.

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Keep in mind parts or MA Rt 9 EAST are very hilly, you're in the Berkshires. Get the Rubels bike maps and head for Pittsfield from Albany ahead for RT 20 East to Springfield and then I can give you a route to Boston on some back roads. Camping or motels? Time frame. I will be away the last week of July for the Bon Ton Roulet tour
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