Biking the Catskill Scenic Trail

Tony and I are visiting my parents in their summerB bungalow. B B Usually we just sit on the porch drink some vodka and eat some pickles Russian style; however, this year we decided to make an effort to do some nature things. B On Friday we decided to actually use our bikes. B We had aB similarB plan last year but ended up not touching our bikes the whole weekend after dragging them down for 5 hours from Boston.

So Friday we got up, got our stuff together and drove the 70 minutes out to the Catskills Scenic Trail. B In upstate NY, every thing is over an hour away! B The CST is almost 20 miles with an additional 7 miles that have been recently added. B The path used to be a rail line that ran from Bloomsville to Grand Gorge and isB no longer being used for freight. B In the 1990s it was reborn through a “Rails to Trails” project. B SimilarB to what we hope to do with the Bike to the Sea path that will eventually go through Everett, Malden, Lynn, Swampscott and Revere. B The CST is open year-round for horseback riding, bicycling, jogging, walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.B With its wide path, gentle grade and durable surface, the Catskill Scenic Trail has become an ideal recreational destination as it traces a leisurely path through stunning Catskill Mountain terrain.

On our drive up, we got a little hungry and stopped by a “General” store. B I tried to order a 6 inch vegetable sub but instead this is what I got served.

Yea, clearly Tony made the smarter choice with his pizza. B Total fail.

Luckily as we continued driving, we passed by something familiar and safe.

Yes, correct this would make it our 2nd McDonald’s stop in 15 hours. B I got anB unsweetenedB ice tea the size of my head and Tony reunited with his Angus Snack Wrap love. B I don’t know how I wouldB surviveB without extra-large drinks! B Mayor Bloomberg, I drank my heart out!

We did finally after a few confusing turns find the trail head to the Catskills Trail in Bloomsville.

We biked past bridges

Past fields and mountains

We didn’t know how far we would make it up this 26 mile trail as whatever we biked there, we needed to bike back!

After 10.8 miles we finally called it an end and turned back around. B I was also getting paranoid about how my road tires were doing on this mix of rock and packed dirt trail

Tony used a mountain bike while I huffed and puffed on my littleB Jamis Coda Femme, my baby city hybrid.

Overall we both survived the 21 mile bike ride. B It only took us 3 hours. B I bike slower than I run. B It’s sad, I know! B The CatskillsB ScenicB trail is not a concrete trail so using a road style hybrid was difficult and I was always a bit paranoid. B I did deflate my tires to keep less pressure on them and that seemed to work.

Don’t tell Tony but I want to one day return and do the full 52 mile round trip! B Maybe when it’s cooler (it was 85 degrees outside). B Okay I lie, I’d prefer to run it but B I know that won’t happen for a while!

Mountain bike or road bike? B I’m a hybrid type of gal. B I like the versatility and I’m not really a big Lance Armstrong wannabe so I have no desire for speed on concrete unless I’m in my running shoes.

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