Ride Master Mike Hays will lead the way this Saturday with this Ride Around Rockland — in reverse.
The twist is that we’ll tackle Hook Mountain on the way out instead of the way back. Mike promises a few additional tweaks, too. Estimated mileage is about 34 miles with about 1,800 feet of climbing.
Just a heads up: this is the last scheduled Sat Bike Nyack ride of the season! There may be a few more, weather and fall schedules depending, but the “reliably every Sat morning” thing goes on hold until the spring. :>) Join us if you can!
Time for another road trip. Note the different start time and location as we travel to Bear Mountain for the Two Bridges Ride, which includes Hudson River crossings on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge and the Bear Mountain Bridge.
We will meet up at 8a at the Bear Mountain State Park parking lot near the carousel. The ride proceeds north on Route 9W to Route 218, back onto 9W to the Newburgh waterfront, over the bridge, then we return all the way on Route 9D, returning to the parking lot after crossing West on the Bear Mountain Bridge.
There’s one epic climb up to Storm King; we’ll cover about 2,600 feet of elevation for the day. We will stop for refreshments in Beacon, and regroup as needed. You should also bring water and a snack.
Pace & Terrain – Pace = B-; Terrain = 2 or 3
Start/End point – Bear Mountain State Park carousel parking lot. Take the Palisades Pky north to the Bear Mountain Bridge traffic circle. Take the first turn onto Route 9W south. Then take the right fork onto Seven Lakes Drive. The parking lot is ahead on the right side. Since this is a state park, they will charge to park after 8a so arrive before then to avoid the parking fee.
It’s Destination Westwood this Sat morning. We’ll meet up at Nyack Memorial Park at 8:30a for a 25 mile spin to Westwood, NJ.
Westwood has a quaint downtown, a central park with a gazebo and its own stop on the Pascack Valley line of NJ Transit. It also straddles the banks of the Hackensack River, but to be honest, its old banks located in historic buildings are more impressive than the Hackensack, which is more of a creek than a river as it passes through Westwood.
This “reverse” ride goes to Englewood, starting from Memorial Park in Nyack at 830a. We will take Piermont Ave south and then return via 9W after climbing the Big Hill on Clinton Ave. If time allows and the group is interested, we might take a trip up old 9W near Lamont-Doherty and check out the hawks over the Hudson at the Stateline rest area.
We’ll leave Memorial Park in Nyack at 8:30, stretch our legs touring Upper Nyack and climb up to Nyack College. The we go DOWN Bradley Parkway, cross 303 and over Blauvelt Ridge on Erie. We will loop around the lakes before heading down to Closter on Rivervale and Harriot. We take a break in Closter, about mile 20 then head back to Nyack with possible climb up Rockleigh to Piermont and possible pier ride depending on time.
This route description reads like a pitch for a tourism adventure: 30 miles, six bodies of water, two states and more than a dozen villages, towns and hamlets. Plus a unique feature you rarely see on a bike route: a *short* portage over railroad tracks!
The stop and nosh destination is Ronnie’s Bagels in Hillsdale. The wet part includes drive by’s of the Hudson River, Sparkill Creek, Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake and Silver Lake. And as promised, the short and surprising Park Ridge Portage in the middle of Berthoud Ave followed by a “something different” return route through Central Nyack.
This week’s route has a little bit of everything: NY, NJ, a state park, a rail trail and a cute coffee stop in Closter, NJ. After meeting up at 830a at Nyack Memorial Park, we’ll ride south with an optional spin through Tallman State Park. We’ll ride 9W south to Tenafly and turn on Clinton Ave (viva la downhill!) and then turn back north on County Rd and Piermont Rd. It’s a 30 mile route on this no drop ride.
New policy: We need to leave on time! Please show up at 8:25 for this 8:30 ride so we can hit the road without delay (if you snooze you won’t cruise!)
Starting point is Nyack Memorial Park at the corner of Piermont & Depew Aves. Make sure you bring your helmet, have food, 1-2 bottles of water and anything necessary for bike repair (air pump/CO2, tubes, patch kit, etc.) This is a no-drop ride.
Wondering Weather Or Not We Will Ride? If rain threatens and you are wondering “weather” or not we are going to ride…if it’s raining 30 minutes before start time, go back to bed. Same decision if storms are predicted during the time we will be riding. Check WeatherUnderground.com for radar and an hour by hour forecast.
Looking ahead: It’s an away game on Sat Aug 19: We’ll meetup at Stricly Bikes in Fort Lee and take advantage of Park Ave being closed to traffic for “Citi Summer Streets” in NYC. Destination Brooklyn. Watch this space next week for details!
In July 1779, Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his troops in a daring attack on British forces at Stony Point. Almost 240 years later this Saturday, we’ll attack a few hills and stop somewhere for a leisurely lunch on this ride from Nyack Memorial Park to Stony Point State Park.