2020 Route - Plattsburgh to Poughkeepsie

Based on last year's popular response, we're repeating most of last year's route.  We'll bike from Plattsburgh  (which is almost within throwing distance  to Canada)  south into Vermont to look back across Lake Champlain at postcard perfect views of the Adirondack Mountains, before pedaling back to the Empire State.  We'll cross the Hudson River twice, so that our grand finale will be riding across The Walkway Over the Hudson to finish in Poughkeepsie.  And each day will have our traditional 70 mile route, along with a popular 50 MILE OPTION.  Your choice; 300, 420 or 500 glorious miles.  Bike happy, indeed   :-)


50 mile routes & profiles displayed here; 70 mile routes will expand East or Westward.  Elevations & grades determined by Ride with GPS, files will be available for both the 70 & 50 mile options. Final routes may be subject to change.


We gather on Sat. 7/18/20 in Plattsburgh, a mere 25 miles from Canada.  The Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in the US, so plan to swim or rent a kayak.  Or bike an optional 30-50 mi. loop to warm up your legs. (Optional loop not marked, but cue sheets & GPX files available)  Forget something?  There's 2 bike stores in town.  Didn't pack your tent stacks? Gander Outdoors or Dicks's can help.  Or relax in one of 3 microbrews in town.  Plattsburgh is the perfect launching pad for our grand adventure together.

Dinner is on own in Plattsburgh on Sat. 7/18/20




2020 Routes may be subject to change


SUNDAY

We leave Plattsburgh along Lake Champlain for glorious views of Vermont's Green Mountains on the other shore. Optional  slight detour to explore Ausable Chasm (open 9:am, entry fee.) Because there are so few roads in this area, we have a short stretch of hard pack.  We'll pass local farm stands where the honor system still stands. Then we'll spend the night in WESTPORT, home of Solace Cycles, builders of fine, aggressive hardtail bikes.  If you arrive early, rent a kayak.  WESTPORT is also home to Ledge Hill Brewing Co.   Both are an easy walk from camp or the hotel.                    

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MONDAY

More stunning views across Lk Champlain, while the Adirondack Mountains play hide & seek.  So we'll take a ferry into VT to look back at the ADKs.  Keep an eye out for "Champ," the Loch Ness monster's U.S. cousin rumored to be living in the lake.  At TICONDEROGA tour an 18th Century Fort built by the French (opens 9:am, $) or tour Star Trek Original Series Set Tour ($) before taking the ferry. NEW FOR 2020! To avoid Route 22a in VT we'll spend 10.5 mi on Champlain Bikeway, alternately paved or hard packed. Stop along the way at The Wheel Inn to purchase a huge slice of pie.  We'll stay overnight in tiny Fair Haven, VERMONT.

(click on blue PROFILE to learn about PROFILES)



TUESDAY

Today we'll skip back & forth across the NY/VT border in  "Slate Valley."  Look for abandoned slate quarries and lots of colorful slate roofs.  As we approach our overnite town of CAMBRIDGE we'll ride  thru the Rexliegh Covered Bridge, built in 1874.

TUESDAY offers a Century Option, including riding along the upper Hudson River.

WEDNESDAY

We'll start by riding through scenery that Grandma Moses painted.  Then we'll hug the shore of the Tomhannock Reservoir that quenches the City of Troy's thirst. We'll end in AVERILL PARK, camping near the shore of little CRYSTAL LAKE.


THURSDAY

Today's route is longer (61 miles), because there's just so much packed into it! We'll bike thru "artsy" HUDSON, then cross the river of the same name, with the option to explore magnificent Olana or Thomas Cole Workshop's

FRIDAY

Our last day already, but there's still tons to see!  We'll bike past 2 settlements of old stone houses, built by Dutch in the 1700's .   We'll jump on a bike path*  to cross the Rosendale Trestle.  At 150' high and 940' long, it's the warm-up act for our ending.  (*Road option avail to miss bike path.)



We finish our tour riding across the impressive Walkway over the Hudson, the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge, going 1.28 miles 212' above the Hudson River.  It makes for the perfect photo op with bike buddies you've developed on The Great Big FANY Ride.  Phew!  It's gonna be a glorious ride.  JOIN US.