FIRST FALL SWARM, 9/29/13
The Clinton Diner put on the usual morning fare which fueled the bellies of the Biker Horde for our assault on the lower Catskill Mountains. The group departed the restaurant and caught up with the rest of the crew at the Pilot Station down the road. We were a little late out of the gate and I called ahead to the last attendee who would be waiting off of Interstate 80 at the Harley Dealer to join the group.
All together now, in a group of seven bikes(two with pillion), we strung all the best roads in Warren & Sussex into one with minimum stops and delays which dropped us off at the NJ/NY border on CR 519. From there, it was pure back roads until the overlook after Walker Valley on NY 52. The view above Ellenville is outstanding as you descend the Shawangunk Mountain range. Up US 209 and a little jaunt on NY 55A gave us the best path to circumvent Roundout Reservoir as we entered Catskill Park.
Some of the best roads are most obscure and Route 42 aptly fits that description. There are sections that are full of campsites next to a river with an array of trailheads and others that I can only describe as a shady canopy of foliage hovering above a rural country lane. Despite the secluded locale, there were a few errant pokeys that we just had to wait on for the opportunity to pass, but in retrospect, discretion was the better bet as most would eventually turn off and give us the freedom to pursue a spirited pace. Out on Route 28A in Ashokan, we joined CR 3 which dropped us back onto 209 for a leisurely ride down to Port Jervis for dunch.
The Erie Hotel fed the famished crew with a fine selection of midday cuisine and their signature ensemble of bread in a basket. Too full to even think of dessert, we adjourned to the parking lot to find a flat rear Michelin on my niner. Two shots of "gummy worms" and some psi from a slime pump got me back on the road to home. The group split up with some returning home via Route 23 with the remainder heading southbound and down to our respective nest.
I returned home about 8:30pm with 296 miles on the clock. Thanks to all for coming out for a gorgeous ride in the country.
Sckill & Abby
"FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS EARLY APEX."