|Ride Time||05:00 w/o stops|
|Endpoints||Catskill, NY, Catskill, NY|
|Submitted By||Ed Conde|
Info on NER GPX Files Content
This ride includes some of the very best roads and sites in the Catskills – Rondout Reservoir, CR 47, CR 42, NY 28A along the Ashokan Reservoir, NY 214, Platte Cove Road, Ohayo Mountain Road (map), Woodstock, and Phoenicia.
Stop for lunch and a great view in Phoenicia at Brios or Sweet Sues.
Stop in Woodstock which was the inspiration for the famous music festival.
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This was my first NER ride, so I cannot compare it to the others on the website, but only to my own route-planning. I left New York City at 7am (August 2020) and rode up the Taconic Parkway to Hudson. I love the Taconic, and warn everyone about the speed traps. They will nail you with a several hundred dollar fine for going 5 over. I had breakfast in Hudson NY at MotoMachine Moto Cafe. They are mad about motorcycles, and cannot decide if they are cafe or a dealership. From there, I crossed the Hudson and headed to the start of the GPS route. I was shocked when the GPS directed me off the beautiful route 23A, to 30. That's typical of this route: trust it. The road you see looks good, but the one on the route is better. The way that the roads are linked is magic. I rode this in the summer, and although there are places to eat noted, I didn't use them. I spent my money on my bike, and happy to save $20 by taking sandwiches and a flask of coffee. I have developed a habit of searching for a quiet spot on a road, which follows a river to have my sandwich (coffee and cigar). Roundout Resovoir would be nice, but there are plenty. After a perfect day of blue sky and 70 degrees, with very little traffic, I took a "short cut" of the New York Thruway back to the city.
This ride took 3 years from me, as I relaxed with somebody else doing the planning. I have been riding for 40 years, and honestly felt that it might be time to stop. I simply don't like riding i95 in 95 degree heat. this ride restored my faith in my love of riding, and I am planning on several more of these curated routes.
The roads were all in good shape - but I say that with the caveat that I am a slow rider. I ride the speed limit most roads, so I can enjoy the views and the smells and not worry if I am so fast that I have to focus on gravel in the braking zone. The roads were fine for me.