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Lake Placid Ride

 

The ride begins by following Route 28 into the heart of the Adirondacks. The Hudson River runs along Route 28 here on its way to Albany and New York City. The route turns north on Route 30 at Indian Lake. Route 30 is a scenic byway and NER Best Of New England Road that runs through the middle of the Adirondacks. Think of it as a primitive Vermont Route 100 from before the land was cleared for farms. There are parts of Route 30 where there are no other roads for 50 miles - pretty cool. You also get to see some great views along the way:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 30 has some nice curves between Indian Lake and Long Lake:

 

Route 30 then has a very fun curvy section (showed below) between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. The route then turns east on the very curvy CR18 (Forest Home Rd) - fun ride! This stretch is the beginning of another NER BONE road.

 

This great BONE Road continues from Bloomingdale to the top of Whiteface Mountain. The road is very curvy and scenic here.

 

Whiteface Mountain - While pricey at $10 per bike, the views are amazing. The road is bumpy in spots so you have to watch your line.

The views on the way up are pretty terrific:

 

Once you get near the top you park your bike and then make a choice. Either you walk into this tunnel to the elevator:

 

 

Or you climb there stairs.....yikes! I'll take the elevator.  :)

 

Once you reach the summit you never know who you might bump into:

 

Even on a cloudy day, the view of Lake Placid, Mirror Lake, the Adirondacks, and the town of Lake Placid are breathtaking.

 

Be sure to walk out back to the rocks for amazing views of the high Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Well worth the $10. BONE View.

 

After Whiteface, the route follows another BONE road - Route 86/ Route 21. The road goes through a gorgeous valley and past the entrance to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. BONE View

Route 21 gets nice and twisty and then ends at Route 73 and a nice view of the ski jumps.

Route 73 passes nice mountain views and the bobsled & luge runs at Mount Van Hoevenburg on its way to Keene. Debbie and I had a nice lunch at the ADK Cafe in Keene (518-576-9111) or in Lake Placid (reviews).

Just after Keene, put on your riding shoes cause Hurricaine Road (video) awaits. This is super twisty with nice elevation changes. Watch for sand in some corners.

 

The rest of the ride follows Route 9 south past scenic Schroon Lake and then pretty CR8 and CR13 south to Route 418. Route 418 crosses the Hudson River and then curves along the banks of the Schroon River on the way back to Lake George.