New York, New York (State)

You may all remember about a year ago, I wrote a post about going to visit my son’s house in New York State to take care of his cat while he was on vacation. That was a pretty unusual getaway. First, of course, there was the pandemic. There were travel restrictions in place between New York and Vermont, so technically I was quarantining the entire time I was there. I did get out for bike rides every day, but did nothing else that put me in contact with other people. Not that there were really many options. Most of the restaurants were just figuring out takeout, so I just loaded up on groceries and hunkered down. If that wasn’t enough, a couple days before the end of my stay, the remnants of a tropical storm blew through the area, taking out the power. So I spent the rest of my stay in a dark, internet-less, refrigerator-less house.

Which brings us to the present. I’m here again in eastern upstate (well, north of Westchester anyway) New York, tending to my son’s cat. Last time I wrote about the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which runs right near my son’s house. Last year, there were about 15 miles of contiguous trail available. In the last year, new sections of the trail have been opened, and it now spans 26 miles, with more development in progress. It’s all paved, and runs though beautiful rural New York, going though farm land, passing through the Taconic State Park, as well as passing though the center of numerous small towns. I’m no expert on rail trails, but it’s really quite nice.

So, with that introduction, here’s just a few photos from today’s ride. I think I have some challenge entries here.

The Depot Deli, in Copake. Note that this is right on the trail. That whiteboard does contain a menu, although I apologize that it’s not readable in the photo.
Not the greatest picture, but this is a diner in Millerton showing their outdoor seating. Again, right on the trail. Hmmm, no bike in this picture. Oops.
That’s corn in the background. Now granted, that corn is destined to become cattle feed. But the cattle that it feeds, well… Can I get extra credit for thinking outside the box and incorporating at least a piece of the food chain into the challenge?
So, this is a photo I actually snapped a week or two ago on my little excursion to South Hero, VT. I had stopped at a little roadside snack bar for a burger and fries, and was sitting in the grass enjoying my lunch. This was well before Greg had announced the latest challenge, so I think it proves I’m psychic. You can even see a bit of handlebar in the picture, so it includes a bike.
And by the way, here’s the reason for my visit.

Retired guy who likes to ride his bike in Vermont.

11 response to "New York, New York (State)"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 1, 2021

    Very nice, Bob. You are a master of finding destinations with cool biking infrastructure.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: August 2, 2021

      Thanks Bill. If only I could find ones slightly closer to home.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 1, 2021

    Very nice and the presence of services in the towns is a real plus. (((Envy)))
    Pretty kitty too — when I’m in line at the farm store with my bag of cat food, and all the dog guys are looking askance at me . . . . . . I just muster up my best John Wayne and say “Is there a problem Pilgrim?”

    • By: BobinVT Posted: August 2, 2021

      Growing up, we always had dogs. But as an adult, our family has always had at least one cat. Nice thing about cats is their self-sufficiency. I still love dogs though.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 2, 2021

    Aww, cute puddy Kat.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: August 2, 2021

      She’s a little skittish, but we’ve managed to bond.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: August 2, 2021

    Good job with the food pics, Bob. I never said it had to be human food, to the cow corn is certainly acceptable. In fact, I’ve given thought to taking a picture of a mosquito and calling it bat food.

    Are you going to get back to Vermont in time to meet up with Rocky & Scott? I see they’re getting close to Brattleboro.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: August 2, 2021

      Or, you could take a picture of your arm and call it mosquito food. As to Rocky and Scott, all I will say is ‘stay tuned’.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: August 2, 2021

    What a fantastic sounding rail trail with those stops along the way. None of our trails have such cool places to stop along the way, I can think of only one at the moment and it is a Brewery with pub food I think. And food pics look good to me. Nice ride you had to help out with your son’s kitty.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: August 2, 2021

      It’s a pretty diverse trail. The northern part winds through some wilderness areas with lots of wetlands, then there’s farms, and further south there’s more towns. One thing it does seem to be missing is a brewery or brew put though. That would be a nice addition.

  6. By: Rocky Posted: August 6, 2021

    Love the cat! When we settle down again I want to have a cat.

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