The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS’s) Cycle Adirondacks bicycle touring event will take place August 23-29, 2015. During the ride, cyclists will pedal amid the forests, lakes, and streams that make the Adirondack region a world-class destination. Wildlife experts will be on hand to serve as wildlife and natural history guides. This year’s tour starts and ends in Saranac Lake and includes overnight stops in Star Lake, Boonville, Camden, Old Forge and Long Lake. There will be a extra day in Old Forge where riders can pedal an optional route or take the day off the bike and visit Old Forge and Inlet.
Registration includes three catered gourmet meals daily, free beer tastings each night, nightly live entertainment, a wellness area offering free massage, local shuttle services, fully stocked rest stops, prime camping spots, hot showers, baggage service, on-course safety support, activities for traveling companions not riding, and more.
Registration fees will cover infrastructure and rider services, and support WCS’s programs in the Adirondack region.
The Full Ride: Days 1 through 7—A week-long event. Total mileage for the event will be 400-500 miles, depending on options, with daily route ranging from 50 to 75 miles; daily elevation gains range from 2,700-4,5000 feet. Price: $1,495.00
The Big Four: Days 1 through 4 – Riders take on the first four days of the event. The routes average 74 miles a day. On this option, riders start out with everyone at the beginning of the event in Saranac Lake and ride four full days. On Wednesday evening, Day 5, bus and bike transport will be provided back to Saranac Lake. Price: $850.00
The Easy Three: Days 5 through 7 – A good shorter-mileage option, and also an attractive choice for families. The last three days, which include the Layover Day in Old Forge, can be as little as 145 miles total, or less than 50 miles a day average, or riders can stretch out each of the last two days to 65 miles. With this option, on Wednesday, Day 4, riders and bikes will be transported from the start/finish line in Saranac Lake to Old Forge, and then finish the rest of the event. Price: $650.00
For more information on these options and also those available to junior riders and non-riding travel companions visit www.cycleadirondacks.com.
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It’s come to this; I check this site several times a day to scan the articles that give a nice cross section of perspectives on the Adirondacks. Sometimes of course these posts involve controversial aspects of life in the Adirondacks including the ever-present questions of what the future holds for this wonderful area. It’s been several months at least since there’s been any mention of the proposed conversion of the railroad route to a bike/snowmobile trail from Old Forge to Lake Placid, or perhaps beyond.
The last burst of activity noted here I recall was about the series of public meetings that the State held, I believe last fall. Does anyone have any updates on this process?
It would seem that NY has the information to move on to the next steps, if any, in this matter, and with the advent of another summer that a decision might actually be expected this year, and that whatever changes that decision entails might get started.
Anyway, what sparked this comment is a nice article in this week’s Travel section of the NY Times about a bike trip on a 150-mile combination of two trails stretching from around Pittsburgh to Washington. These two trails are the Great Allegheny Passage and the Chesapeake & Ohio(canal) trail. If you enjoy biking I think you’ll like reading this. And yes, I present it as a glimpse of what bike trails like this can offer. Apparently it took many years and a great deal of effort to complete the trail but is now considered a success.
That said, I’m not suggesting that this is a valid comparison to the proposed rail to trail in the Adks. There are of course real differences between these trails and what is proposed here. The length and duration of the trip described in the article for example seem quite different from what the LP-Old Forge trail would be like. So I’m not presenting this to offer nit picking of the differences but mainly to provide bikers with an enjoyable read as we wait, and wait, for the weather to get ‘bikable’ around here, and maybe to suggest what a potential trail in the Adks. could offer to its residents and to visitors.