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I'm going to outline the basic 9W route because I realized that ello ello just moved here and might not even know to do this.
One of the most common classic routes out of the city is palisades to 9W. I usually get off the palisades at exit 2. A great desination for this ride is the motorcyclepedia museum in newburgh. Storm king highway is on the way (the exit is roughly 6-7 miles after the bear mountain traffic circle) There are some nice meetup/ lunch spots along the way too. A fantastic new place that I recently discovered is at 243 9W, just south of piermont. It's called "The Market." It opens at 6:30am daily and has great gourmet food and coffee. There is a grill right next to it called "the filling station" and they have fantastic burgers, fries and beer. the grill doesn't open until lunch time. Here are some shots.
Just north of this, a short way up 9W you will find Piermont, NY. This is a charming little town on the hudson with a few restaurants and a coffee shop called Bunbury's. The place is popular with bicyclists because of the nearby routes.
Finally, up north towards the end of the route (just after storm king highway) is a town called Cornwall on Hudson. There is a nice coffee lounge called 2 Alices Coffee located at 311 hudson st..
2 Alices Coffee Lounge
Motorcyclepedia is at the end of this route (which I have outlined on google maps below). This is probably the most impressive motorcycle museum in the northeast. I've been there twice and was stunned and the size of the collection. Definitely worth a visit.
To get back to the city you can either cross the Hudson using the newburgh-beacon bridge and ride down 9D (which will bring you past Cold spring which I mentioned in an earlier post), or just retrace your steps.
Overall, you could probably find a worse way to spend a weekend afternoon.
^^^an excellent little local guide to the area you created there BlackTigNYC!
I also love Gate Hill Road off the Palisades Pkwy into Harriman (turn right off the exit ramp...Exit 15 I think). After you've played in Harriman for a while go all the way down 7 Lakes Drive to the circle and take Long Mountain Road to 293 thru West Point's old artillery ranges, cross 9W and take 218 along the cliffs and the Hudson River into Cornwall-on-Hudson. Turn left at New York Military Academy and you'll go into downtown Cornwall and find an awesome pizza restaurant. Cross the Bear Mountain Bridge on the way home and take Rt. 6 to 9/9A to 100 to home on the Taconic or Saw Mill. In Harriman be sure to do Arden Valley Road. It dumps you on 17 but you can always turn around and do it again from the other direction!!!
Very nice route! Passes right through my hometown up by West Point. For a breather, there's a small coffee shop under Rockwell Cycles (Triumph, Ducati, Bimota dealer) on 9W in Fort Montgomery about a mile North of the Bear Mountain Bridge. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge in Cornwall-on-Hudson on 218 is my favourite Espresso shop in the area, friendly folks and they have pastries as well as sandwiches. I haven't been up to the Motorcycle museum yet, but will soon.
Arden Valley Road (as mentioned earlier) in Harriman SP is a good ride too, but seems to have suffered damage during TS Irene. Watch for gravel in the road on the turns and some good sized potholes along the centre-line of the road. You will pop out on Route 17, which becomes Route 32 in the Monroe/Harriman area. If you travel along route 32 north of the Woodbury Commons outlets, you will find the Black Forest Inn and some pretty authentic German food! Further north on 32 in Newburgh is the Motorcycle museum, so it's a good route with nice scenery, open stretches and some worthwhile break stops.
I think within the month, I will tackle the Hawks Nest along Route 97 from Port Jervis to Hancock. I live near 9W in Orange county, but if there are any takers for the trip. let's meet up and check it out.
great suggestions. Funny that you mention the black forest Inn. Last year i met up with some friends there before a long weekend ride down route 6 in Pennsylvania which is a whole other story. But I've never eaten there. I love good German food though, so I may try it out soon.
I would definitely be interested in doing hawk's nest with you, let me know when you are going to do that
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