I’m getting a bit stir crazy riding to the same places over and over. Reading about Wolfe’s run at the Iron Butt Rally this year makes me want to raise my own long distance game with an eye to eventually taking a run at that event. Who wouldn’t want to pass out in a graveyard for half an hour before hitting the never ending road again?
The Water is Life rally helps provide some alternatives, but what I really want to do is an overnight trip to roads both interesting and new. The Adirondacks are the nearest thing I have to mountain roads anywhere near me beyond Southern Ontario’s flat, industrial farming desert.
Operating out of the Hotel Crittenden, I’d be able to leave luggage behind and travel light on the two loop days designed to explore the twisting roads of the Adirondack Mountains. Hotel prices tend to spike on peak times like weekends, so a mid-week trip should keep costs minimal. It’s a couple of hundred miles south and east, over the US border into New York State and south through the old mountains of eastern North America to Coudersport on the Allegheny River.
Day 1: Ride to Coudersport: 352kms
Hotel Crittenden: hotelcrittenden.com/
Interesting Adirondacks roads: www.motorcycleroads.com/Routes/New-York_108.html
Day 2: Snow Shoe Haneyville Loop: 352kms
Day 3: Hollerback Loop: 384kms
Day 4: Ride Home: 409kms
1497kms (930 miles) in 4 days / 3 nights.
Monday – Thursday (cheapest hotel room rates)
Hotel nights: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
August 19-22: USD $238.50 / CAD $313 Single King Room /3 nights
The same area is great for autumn colours: