Harlem Valley Rail Ride Weekend Trip
On Saturday, July 21, 2018, we will meet at Grand Central Terminal at 6:45 or 8:45 AM depending on whether you are taking the 7:10 or 9:10 am and take Metro North Railroad to Harlem Valley-Wassaic. (If you would prefer to get on at 125th St. or Fordham Rd, email the leaders in advance.) To make our day even more pleasant, a shuttle from the HVRR is coming to pickup our tents/gear so that we can have a leisurely ride. We then ride our bikes to Copake Falls, a distance of approximately 50 miles on the acclaimed Harlem Valley Rail Trail and low-traffic country roads. In the Copake Falls area there will be optional activities including a short hike to Bash Bish Falls, a visit to a museum of the industrial history of the region, a bicycle ride up a steep mountain road to a spectacular vantage point, and a refreshing swim in a pond formed from an abandoned iron ore mine. Later, we will set up our tents at the Millerton Fairgrounds. Dinner will be in historic Millerton, where there are many restaurants to choose from. (If you are prefer to sleep indoors, the folks at HVRR have this list of lodgings--contact them soon, as many rooms are already taken. Also, you'll have to get to & from them on your own, so we recommend you sleep/travel with a friend or partner.)
On Sunday, there is a delicious pre-ride breakfast. You'll have several route options to meet your goals. Are you primarily interested in mileage, scenery, or camaraderie? If you are interested in the Century route, you'll probably want to: wake at the crack of dawn, break down your tent, bring everything to the Bag Corral so you can ride all day without the weight of your gear, grab your breakfast and start riding! Or, choose a more leisurely 45 mile route, sleep in, load up on pancakes, yogurt & chocolate milk, meet new riders, then break down your tent and start riding. You are at the start point of the fully supported Harlem Valley Rail Ride (HVRR) “the summer’s most beautiful ride” with distances of 45-100 miles through the Taconic and Berkshire mountain ranges and (of course) the magnificent Harlem Valley. When you finish the HVRR you will have time to enjoy the festival and cool off in the Millerton pool. Your weekend ride leaders will escort you on the 11 mile trail to Wassaic where you catch the train home. Or, if you are too tired to ride to Wassaic, you may take the free shuttle bus, provided gratis by HVRR.