I really enjoy receiving emails from people who have taken on a microadventure of their own.
Marc gave me permission to include his photos here as I loved the progression from wilderness to the very heart of New York City!
“I spent 6 days (finished last week) hiking and biking (touring) the length of the Hudson River, here in the states. The Hudson is the longest river in New York State and the lifeblood of the state- it gets its source at the beautiful alpine Lake Tear of the Clouds (just shy of the summit of the highest peak in New York’s Adirondack Mtn’s: Mt Marcy) and from there it wends its way through many historical towns, the state’s capital, meets the Eerie Canal and eventually ends at the ocean in Manhattan, by the Statue of Liberty. Not only was I able to follow the whole river from source to sea, but also traveled from the highest point to the lowest point in the state!
I’d love to see other people attempt the same trip (maybe even beat my time?). I have all the directions, campgrounds, etc. saved if people want it.”
Here are some numbers:
-300 miles total, 20 miles hiking and 280 biking
-Avg daily bike mileage: 60
-Total days: 6
-Total days it rained: 6
-Total amt spent on accommodations: 70$
-Total amt spent on whole trip (accommodations, pre-/post-trip transportation, food, gear): 290$.
-Total flat tires: 5
-Spare tires: 2
-Number of patches used: 3
-Elevation loss: 5,344 ft (so many downhills….)
Overall a great trip! Quite the experience from going somewhere as remote as the ADKs (no cell service for 3 days!) to downtown NYC all by your own power…. Definitely worth the celebratory beers at the end.
My bike and “kit” as you Brits say overlooking the Hudson just South of the town of North Creek (where President Teddy Roosevelt was sworn-in as President!) (It’s actually a great story and worth looking up!)
This was a “Bike Path” as noted by both Google Maps and MapMyRide. The pavement gave out in the middle of nowhere and turned to a flooded dirt road, complete with fallen bridges and miserable push-your-bike-through-it-it’s-so-deep-mud. It started down-pouring shortly after this. Excellent.
Me bringing the sexy back and showing off my “spantan” in Time Square. I love this picture because 5 days prior to this I was waist-deep in water fording a “trail” in the ADK wilderness with no cell-service and hadn’t seen any people for 2 days.
Marc works for an outdoor company based in Philly and NYC that specializes in day-trips out of the city.
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