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.
One of the best things about cycling is that when you run out of ideas for new routes, you can recycle your fave rides — backwards. We’ll ride around Lake Tappan this week but spin up from Western Hwy to Sickletown Road and return through Orangeburg.
Two states, two counties, two wheels and one big reservoir. Join us for a fun Sat morning spin from Nyack to Nanuet via North Jersey where we will circle where Lake Tappan straddles NY and NJ.
This ride starts at 830a in Nyack at Memorial Park — meet at the corner of Piermont and Depew. We’ll follow the river South and turn at Sparkill and proceed West through Tappan, Old Tappan (NJ), River Vale. Then we cross Veterans Memorial Highway by Blue Hill Golf Course and take Sickletown Rd. Right before Rt 59 we turn right and circle back on Western Highway. Return via Bradley Parkway with a less hilly option of Western Hwy and the Clark Rail Trail if the group prefers.
Bring your helmet, water and flat fixins. Approx distance 25 miles, avg see 15 mph. Questions? Email dave@NyackNewsAndViews.com. Continue reading “June 3: The Two States Of Lake Tappan”