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We'll ride about 15 miles of New England trails (mostly singletrack) with rocks, roots, and hills. Some of the trails we'll probably explore: Fun Down Trail, Alan's Avenue, Cardi Hill, I See Dead People, Slalom, Along The River, Lower Piney... We'll get lost a few times along the way, so we'll stop as often as necessary to keep the group together. This ride can be done on a mountain bike or fatbike, hardtail or full suspension. A helmet is required, and various pads (knee, elbow, chest, etc.) are recommended if your bones are not harder than the rocks on the trail. A first aid kit would not be a bad idea. Bring plenty of fluids and snacks. You will need begintermediate technical skills, and don't be afraid to walk a section if you're not confident in your skills -- we'd rather wait a few minutes for you to walk a section than have to wait a long time for the medevac, and then have to figure out how to get the remains of your bike back to your car. After this ride, you will laugh at the "rock garden" at Overton. It's 35 minutes from the New London Ferry (take the 7am out of Orient Point), 1 hour 35 minutes from Bridgeport (take the 6am ferry out of Port Jefferson), or a whole lot of driving from Long Island (e.g., about three hours from Massapequa). Park at the parking lot on Hopkins Hill Rd (or along the road if the lot is full) south of Tarbox Pond. Rain or poor trail conditions will cancel this ride. Please check here and/or the Facebook group before leaving for Rhode Island. More info is on Trailforks (which we will be using to navigate the trails): https://www.trailforks.com/region/big-river-management-area/?activitytype=1&z=15.1&lat=41.63339&lon=-71.57256
This ride was popular last year, so here we go again... Load your bike (or a rented bike) on an old diesel train for a one-hour train ride north through the Lehigh Gorge. When we get to White Haven, we'll unload the bikes and take a 25-mile bike ride back along a rail trail to Jim Thorpe. The ride is slightly downhill pretty much the whole way, and follows the Lehigh River. It is a scenic and relaxing ride with lots of opportunities for photos. Bring enough fluids and snacks for a 25-mile ride. You can bring your own bike (a hybrid, mountain bike, gravel bike, or fat bike is fine) or rent one through Pocono Biking. Basic tools and a tube (unless you run tubeless) are a good idea. We will be taking the 9AM train out of Jim Thorpe. Everyone will be responsible for their own reservations and transportation, but maybe we can make some carpooling arrangements between us. It's about a three-hour drive from western Suffolk. Advance tickets/reservations can be made by calling Pocono Biking at:[masked]. More information is at http://poconobiking.com/specialty-trips/bike-train/ Please make sure your RSVP response is accurate the day before the ride, so we can keep an accurate head count. I may add a Sunday summer date, as well, depending on how my summer schedule works out.
We’ll start out with a 2-3 hour ride on the Paulinskill Valley rail trail, then drive about 15 minutes to the Sterling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg for a tour of the museum and mine. The rail trail will be a scenic, fairly easy ride. From what I have read thus far, a mountain bike or fat bike will be appropriate. I’ll post more details as the date gets closer, but here are some links to get an idea: The Trail: https://www.trailforks.com/region/paulinskill-valley-trail-21135/?activitytype=1&z=9.4&lat=40.96971&lon=-74.76002 https://www.traillink.com/trail/paulinskill-valley-trail/ https://www.railstotrails.org/resourcehandler.ashx?id=3478 The Mine and Museum: https://www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/take-a-tour