Bicycling in Greene County

 
Ken Roberts and Sharon Marsh Roberts 
  

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Routes for bicycling

  • In the Shadow of the Catskills -- 74 or 79 miles, hilly.  Quiet farms and houses in Greene County, the four pavilions on the Hudson, changing views of the great wall of the Catskills.  4400 vertical feet, hill index 3.8.  Start points Catskill, Saugerties, Leeds, Alcove Reservoir, Coeymans Landing. [ Description | Map | GPS | Photos ]
     

There are also some fun descents, including 

and (for those who must) at least one notorious climb 

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River Routes -- Bridge to Bridge

Greene County has a beautiful bridge across the Hudson River -- the Rip Van Winkle -- and it's a special thing to ride across it.  You can also combine it with another bridge, to make a loop route where you ride on both sides of the river, and across both bridges.

  • Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Rip Van Winkle Bridge, loop on both sides of the Hudson river -- 57 miles, moderate, from Rhinecliff to Saugerties to Catskill, then Germantown and Tivoli.  Shaded roads in the woods, two fine Hudson river bridge crossings, sweeping views of farms with the Catskill mountains beyond.  
     
  • Rip Van Winkle Bridge to Albany, loop on both sides of the Hudson river -- 74 miles, moderate hills, from Catskill and Hudson to the Dunn Memorial Bridge between Albany + Rennselaer.  Lots of sweeping views across beautiful farm country, a variety of angles on the Catskill mountains and the Hudson River, and the new and old buildings of Albany.  [ Details | Map | GPS | Cue sheet ] 
     

 
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Taxi services

Calling a taxi services can be very helpful for bicycling: 

  • when your bicycle gets messed up bad enough so you cannot ride it -- or weather turns real bad -- and you still need to get home or back to your car.
  • to get to and from train stations.
  • to set up one-way tours.

It's usually easier to call a taxi if you have some phone numbers of taxi services in the area you're riding. A way to get a list is to do a search for "taxi" on a directory of business phone numbers such as Superpages.com -- Here's some towns and cities in this county on which might be helpful to search:

Catskill, Haines Falls, Tannersville, Hunter, Windham (all in New York state)

Here's some taxi services we found in phone directories around 2003:

  • Decker Unlimited -- Catskill, NY

  • Lee's Taxi -- Haines Falls, NY

  • Where to Cabs -- Tannersville, NY

  • Hunter Mountain Taxi + Limousine -- Hunter, NY

  • Windham Mountain Taxi + Limousine -- Windham, NY


concept words:  

places: Hudson river valley, New York state, NY

regions: Greene county Catskills area Catskill region

towns:  Catskill Cementon Leeds Cairo Earlton Hannacroix New Baltimore Coxsackie Athens -- west east north south -- city town village hamlet

bicycling: bicycle bicycling bike bikes bicycles bicyclist cycle cyclist cycling touring riding rider riders

routes: route routes ride rides tour tours turn cue sheet sheets map maps


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[ to be added -- we'd be glad for suggestions ]

  

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