Stories and Reports

2004 Reports -- between Rhinecliff + Hudson --
Train-assisted Tours using Amtrak

Skating inline in the Hudson Valley

Ken, June 2004: Hudson to Rhinecliff

My skate from the Hudson train station south to Rhinecliff was mostly rather nice.  Along the way I made (too many?) pleasant bakery stops at Hudson, Tivoli, Red Hook, and Rhinebeck.  The negatives were a couple of sections on high-speed Rt 9G with narrow or no shoulders.

I started by going up the hill from the Amtrak station to the river viewpoint at the west end of Warren St in Hudson, then east on Warren St for a breakfast snack at Cascade.  Took Rt 9G and Mt Merino Rd -- seemed like the pretty view to the Athens-Hudson lighthouse was blocked by vegetation.

Rip Van Winkle Bridge:  I skated all the way across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and back and stopped a couple of times along the way to enjoy the fine views.  The shoulders of the traffic lanes had nice concrete, but there were loose stones on it.  I also tried part of the sidewalk -- much fewer stones -- so next time I would skate in the sidewalk.  Watch out for an expansion joint in the middle -- have to either stop before it and step over -- or have the skill to hop over it.

The section of Rt 9G south from the bridge had narrow or no shoulders, so I had to be careful and use good vehicle-traffic interaction techniques.  Then I tool Rt 14, Rt 31 to its end, Bingham Mills Rd, Rt 8 West, Hog Trough Rd, Rt 6 West, Moore Rd, Lasher Rd - Rt 80, cross Rt 9G to Stony Brook Rd and North Rd into the village of Tivoli and a bakery stop.

From Tivoli, I took Kidd Rd to Rt 9G South.  Narrow or bad shoulders on Rt 9G.  Tried Budd Corners Rt - Rt 79, becomes Linden Av into the village of Red Hook and a bakery stop.

Then followed last part of the Rhinebeck - Bard - Red Hook bicycle route into the village of Rhinebeck, for another food stop, before taking West Market St to the Rhinecliff Amtrak train station.

see also

bulletmore Hudson line Amtrak train-assisted tours
bulletmore Hudson line Metro North train-assisted tours
bulletmore Skate Hudson Valley stories + photos

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