New York State, One More Time

Just for fun, I decided to make a quick one night visit over to my son’s house before the end of summer. When I was there a few weeks ago performing cat sitting duties (remember that meet-up with Team Anderson?), I was really impressed with the number and quality of the rail trails in his area. I was looking forward to doing a bit more exploring.

First of all, it definitely made me happy to visit my son’s house when he was actually there. Second, it made me very happy to explore a new rail trail, the Maybrook Trail. Here’s just a few photos from the ride.

An interesting aspect of this rail trail is that they left the tracks in along the entire length. As you’re riding through, it makes it much easier to image the days when trains were still traveling through, Rail trails definitely make me feel happy.
At one point, the trail runs along Whaley Lake. Lakes, and bodies of water in general, always make me feel happy.
I happened upon this guy on the trail. Seeing wildlife almost always makes me happy.
The Maybrook Trail is part of the Empire State trail system. And yes, no motor vehicles on the trail makes me happy.
Poison Ivy makes me sad
I did this ride the day after Hurricane Ida (tropical depression Ida by this point) blew through the northeast. NYC got hammered, but only minor flooding here. Flooding makes me sad
Just a bit more info about the Maybrook Rail Line. It’s interesting to think about the impact these smaller lines had on the area when they were active, and how they fell into disuse.

Retired guy who likes to ride his bike in Vermont.

15 response to "New York State, One More Time"

  1. By: Laura Posted: September 4, 2021

    Looks like a great ride.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 5, 2021

      It was. Always fun to ride somewhere new.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: September 4, 2021

    Beautiful pics and nice to see all the green. Glad you and your son’s areas missed the brunt of Ida. I like that whopper of a turtle!

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 5, 2021

      There was definitely lots of green to be seen. That will all be changing in just a few weeks though. Yeah, he was a big one.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 4, 2021

    With all the great trails you are finding to ride, I’m feeling corn and soybean saturated sad. 😉
    Good that Ida’s remnant just nicked the area, the flood in NYC makes everyone very sad.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 5, 2021

      There is actually lots of corn in the area as well, although not visible from this trail.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: September 5, 2021

    A good decision to visit your son again, looks like a wonderful happy ride!

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 5, 2021

      Yes, grateful to see my son, and grateful for a nice ride on a new trail.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 5, 2021

    That rail line looked still usable, opportunity for some steam trains in the future maybe.

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 5, 2021

      I think that is a good reason to maintain rail trails — to bank them for any future need. This one looks like it travels through some beauty.

      • By: BobinVT Posted: September 5, 2021

        From a little further research I did after getting home, it looks like there’s been some studies done about the viability of reopening parts of this line as a commuter rail. And it also seems like it might occasionally be used to move rail cars to a maintenance facility. I guess that explains all the signs I saw warning trail users to stay off the tracks. The rails seemed pretty rusty though. Hard to believe they are used often.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: September 5, 2021

    Nice place to ride your bike, and then to have a visit with your son makes it even better ;’-).

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 5, 2021

      Yes, made me happy on both counts.

  7. By: Bill Stone Posted: September 5, 2021

    The Maybrook Trail looks very pleasant. I’m keeping track of your trails for my future expeditions.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: September 5, 2021

      It is. Perhaps not the most scenic of trails (other than that lake area), but nice for riding. And it’s nice that it’s part of a larger system of trails that you could use to ride all the way to NYC.

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