On July 26th, come on up for the a Bicycling Ride-A-Thon, Festival, Campout and you name it. There are lots of options: choose the simplest of 8 routes (23 miles) or the most arduous at a hill-atious 100 miles.
The start and finish site is at the end of our own Wassaic Train Station to Millerton Rail Trail segment—in Millerton’s Eddie Collins Field (5800 South Elm Avenue Millerton, NY 12546 )—which is also the locale for the Free Camping on Saturday Night. There will be luxury bus transportation from NYC (55 passengers per, with the bikes coming up by truck following) for the first 100 riders to sign up.
The 8 routes this year will make it interesting for whatever level of biker you are; each utilizes a portion of the “Rail Trail” or as my earlier blog noted the new name Recreational Trail. But Rail Trail it is, especially with RAIL RIDE, and that’s the real deal. Some of the routes are very challenging, UP and DOWN (whee) the Berkshire foothills (they’re mountains!). The inclines—or elevation gains as their website calls them— vary from 6925 ft. to 666 ft on the 23 mile run, and each has been creatively mapped out to offer up scenic views, comforting rest stops, and even opportunities to swim in the Millerton pool—oops, not unless the leak is fixed before then!!!– eat some gastronomically appealing and energizing meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Don’t forget the beer garden and the masseuses who are there to ease your tired bones. They’ve thought of everything, so come up, use the bag check and hang out with your free T-shirt for Rail Ride 2015!
And if you’re not up for camping, or the weather Saturday night is doubtful, you can still book a room with us. As you know, Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast is a stone’s throw from the HV Rail Trail and we’ve had many a visitor take us up on the free bikes we provide on a first come first served basis. We’re listed on the site as one of the hotels, and inns in the area. Also just found under the Camping window, that if you pre-register, the Rail Ride organizers are providing a free shuttle to the warm-up ride on Saturday and will pick up from the Wassaic Train station and drop your bags off at Hilltop House!!!! So Register Early!! Check that out!!!
The Rail Ride has a festival atmosphere with barbeques and events for the kids (free when accompanied by registered adults).
You can find all the info you’ll need on their website: harlemvalleyrailride.com but here’s some handy info:
Rides are staggered for the obvious: Can’t have 1000 bicycles on the trails all at once so…
Check In Schedule
- 100 Mile Routes: 7:00-8:15 AM of course
- 80-72 Mile Routes: 8:00-9:15
- 57-45 Mile Routes: 9:00-10:15
- 33-23 Mile Routes: 10:00-10:30
- Sunglasses or protective eyewear
- Spare tubes and/or a patch kit, tire irons
- CO2 or mini-pump
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Cycling Shoes, perhaps
- Emergency cash
- Water Bottles