Bash Bish Preview Ride

ride has been modified due to Metro North improvements
ride has been modified due to Metro North improvements
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 06:45

Are you curious about the upcoming Bash Bish/HVRR weekend trip?  Want to learn more about weekend trips & travelling out of town by train? Join this scouting ride to beautiful Columbia County. Wear your triathlon cycle outfit (or bring a swimsuit) & dive into the swimming hole at Bash Bish State Park. Take a hike uphill to see the plunging waterfall. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, cycling, swimming, & lively conversations.

This ride has been modified due to track/MNR changes. Our current plan is to take the 7:10AM Harlem line train (Wassaic bound) to Harlem Valley/Wingdale, ride to Millerton for lunch, ride to Bash Bish State Park to swim and/or see the Falls, then ride back to Wingdale. We may shorten the ride by riding back to Wassaic to catch the train there.

Total elevation is 3692'. If necessary, a return route with less elevation may be taken back to Wassaic train station.Here is the original ridewithgps file:

Road or touring bikes are recommended. We recommend you don't carry extra weight such as a heavy lock on your bike so you'll be more comfortable doing the 72 miles we plan to ride. Please do the two-minute bike check before you arrive at GCT so you'll know your bike is ready for an excellent day of riding!

(If you would prefer to get on Metro North at 125th St. or Fordham Rd., please contact us in advance.) Please arrive on time. If you are running late, just get on the train and call when you have your bike tied down.

What this will cost: This inexpensive ride is priced a la carte. Your expenses will include round-trip train fare (about $39) beverages, and food.  

You MUST wear a helmet; gloves are also strongly recommended. Bring: a smile & the desire to see beautiful countryside, MTA bike permit ($5, lifetime pass does not expire,) two spare inner tubes, patch kit, pump for your tires, sunglasses, bug spray, sunblock, headlight & rear light, plenty of fluids & energy snacks. Optional: rain jacket/pants, swimsuit or quick-dry bike clothes for the swimming hole.

Please note: there are no bike shops nearby. Please bring what you need to repair your bike. Bring an extra power stick for your phone.

In case of bad weather, the ride may be postponed to 7/17/2018. If you aren't sure about the weather, please call or text Doug: 917-501-3095.

Please note that the distance and pace of the ride may be altered to ensure everyone's safety. This is NOT a quick spin ride so if you require that, please select another ride.

{Original description is here: On Saturday, July 21, 2018, we will meet at Grand Central Terminal at 6:45am and take Metro North Railroad (train 9611/9911: 7:10 departure) to Wingdale. We then ride our bikes towards Bash Bish Falls State Park, a distance of approximately 42 miles on low-traffic, scenic country roads. There will be optional activities including a short hike to Bash Bish Falls, 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. After Bash Bish, we will bike approximately 30 miles back to Wassaic. We expect to stop for lunch at midday, but we will only have time to grab snacks or sandwiches before we take the train back to GCT.}

72 or less
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Advanced Moderate
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