|November 2003, Ken:
Sharon and I rode the whole route on two different misty-drizzly days
-- and it was beautiful and delightful anyway.
We rode the Rt 21 section on a Sunday morning in late October as part
of the Rip Van Winkle to
Albany loop. Then we rode the remaining roads together with John
as a variation on the
We enjoyed the wide spaces, each individual farm, the village of
Kinderhook, the quietness, and the gentle riding.
September 2003, Richard:
Well, we had an excellent weekend, and did two rides, of 30 miles each,
based on your 'Kinderhook Ramble' ride.
It's a really great area to ride in: good roads, light traffic, few
hills, and beautiful countryside.
We enjoyed the 'Kinderhook Ramble' route very much.
The dirt road portion of Dahlgren proved to be well-packed stone,
easy to ride on. The worst road surface was the portion of County Route
21 closest to Kinderhook, which had some broken up pavement and roughly
patched areas - but it was not too bad. The turn from Route 9 to Herrick
Road was a little nasty: we hit it at about 4:30 on Friday afternoon,
and the traffic was fairly heavy, with no inclination to allow us to
make the left turn. There's a light there, but with no 'left turn arrow'
cycle. If traffic is light, it would be OK. With heavy traffic, probably
better to make a right turn, reverse direction, and wait for the light
We made this a 30-mile ride by adding a loop (suggested by our B&B)
down to the river.
From Eichybush we turned left onto Hollow Road (adds some hills):
Then left onto Gibbons (not on your map, but Hollow ends there, not at
Rte. 9J). That took us to 26A:
Right on 26A to 9J (a designated cycling route, with nice views of the
Turn right onto 9J (we actually took a little detour here, down the hill
to the river and then back up: there's a boat landing and a small cafe -
we didn't stop at the cafe, so can't comment on it)
Right again on Gibbons, then left after a very short distance to Hollow,
back to Eichybush, and continue the cued ride.
Another good alternate was Schoolhouse Road (left off of County 21),
then left on 9J, down to 26A. Left on 26A, then a left on Rte 9, and back
Both of these probably add up to a little less than 30 miles, after you
deduct a couple of out-and-back diversions we took.
We did these alternate rides without benefit of a map, so there were
some slight glitches, but we can recommend the rides we did, and I think
9J looks like a good road for bikes - we considered continuing up 9J to
Renselaer County Route 2 (Schodack Landing), and coming back down 21 to
Kinderhook, but weren't sure we had the time - had to get to a wedding.
All in all, a great weekend, with a couple of very nice rides which
would not have happened without your cue sheets and maps!
July 2003, Bob Salzman:
Thanks for the wonderful Kinderhook route. Its beautiful and you did
a nice job of putting it together.
There is still the dirt section on Dalgren but its short and
What makes it appealing is that its a loop that takes me back to my
car and 17 miles is good early AM distance.
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