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Rode it yesterday. Still OK. Heavy pedestrian traffic on the Walkway, but still worth it! On the west side of the river, the most food options are in Marlboro.
We just rode this trip. You probably need to change
the title on the cue sheet because it now goes over the Pedestrian
Walkway, or whatever they call it.
Perkinsville Rd (MP 23.1) is unsigned. It is the first left after you get onto Chapel Hill Rd, just before Chapel Hill Road goes up a steep right turn.
As always, thanks for posting the ride. The trip up the east side of the Hudson seems to take forever, what with all the turns through all the neighborhoods, but I guess that's the price one pays for staying off Rt.9.
I have just started riding last July, and have yet to buy a road bike. I have been training on my Giant Sedona since August to do this route, so for me it was quite tough. However I have to say this is a great route. there are fantastic views of the river on both sides, and of course over the bridge. Thank you for posting this, and giving me motivation to ride this. I can't wait to get my road bike and see how much better I do next time.
A couple of notes:
Sharon and I had a nice time riding this loop on a sunny weekend afternoon.
Sharon and John and Ron and I rode the loop starting in Poughkeepsie on a weekend day in December, including Variation A. Overall nice trip, made me want to do more winter riding. More houses being constructed in the south by Newburgh and Beacon. And I enjoyed Variation A thru the city of Beacon, and we found yet another nice coffee shop this time.
On a weekday I skated most of the second part of this route on the west side of the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Newburgh. Definitely requires expert skills and judgment to handle steep downhills on skates. And strength for some long uphills. The reward is the views, like on Ridge Rd.
Perkinsville Rd was in the midst of re-paving, so I took some alternate roads. Chestnut Lane was newly paved smooth. Bridge was closed on Old Post Rd, but it was easy to walk across it.
Sharon and I rode the whole route plus Variations A and C on a humid Saturday. We made extra stops for drink, but only got rained on a couple of times.
Riding through the orchards on the west side was prettier than we remembered. We noticed that there were more actual views of the River than on several of the other bridge-to-bridge loops. Somehow the hills seemed tougher than other times. Visiting Beacon by Variation A and having lunch there was interesting -- we'll probably do that again.
It was our first time stopping at the new Dia:Beacon art museum, which has some food and drink for sale in the entrance area (and air-conditioning).
We checked out that old closed bridge in Beacon over the creek further south from Rt 9D -- and it was still closed and fenced.
Among the recent routes I rode were the Beacon bridge to Midhudson bridge. The best part of that ride of course were the fantastic bridge views. The orchard view on the other side of the Hudson was great too.
August 2002, Ken:
Sharon and I rode the whole route starting in Poughkeepsie on a Sunday morning. To get to the bridge, we took the Variation that goes down by Pine St and Rinaldi Blvd, which worked fine. No problem getting across the Mid-Hudson Bridge on the north sidewalk.
Over on the West side, we enjoyed riding through the orchards with almost no car traffic. We stopped for breakfast at the deli in Marlboro. Then we enjoyed the views of the Hudson River further south, again with almost no car traffic except for the short sections on Rt 9W.
Before going to the bridge, we made a side trip into Newburgh -- into town on Liberty St, which is mostly bricks instead of pavement. Then west on Broadway, and sampled some cookies at a Caribbean shop. Then back east to checked out the waterfront which keeps looking better. And finally rode across the bridge to Beacon.
We made another side trip to the park near the Beacon train station -- lots of water plants around it this time. Then we checked out Main St, and had a snack at a new pie shop.
Going back up the East side was straightforward, and we made several little side trips to check for views of the river. Mostly light car traffic off the main highways, but more traffic than we expected on Sheafe Rd.
July 2002, hannah sent us this comment by E-mail about riding most of the second half of the route up the East side of the River:
It was a really beautiful ride that took me to places I'd never seen before. Thanks!
Story of this route
Ken's story: We first thought of doing this route because of the concept of riding a Hudson River loop across both bridges.
We rode it around 1988 in combination with the Bear Mt to Newburgh Beacon Bridge loop, making a giant "figure-eight", crossing the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge twice in the same direction.
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