Dutchess County Rail Trail Ride

The DCRT folks held a “soft opening” last week at the bridge over Rt 55 completing the rail trail from Hopewell Junction to the Walkway Over the Hudson; the Hudson Valley Rail Trail continues westward to Lloyd. I hadn’t actually planned to ride the whole thing, but Monday was a lovely day and, hey, why not?

So here’s what a pleasant, mostly off-road 36 mile ride looks like:

KE4ZNU Rail Trail Ride - 2013-10-14
KE4ZNU Rail Trail Ride – 2013-10-14

Hadn’t realized it was Columbus Day until well into the ride, which accounted for a Hudson River crossing at 3 mph embedded in a solid 1.5 mile scrum. Being no fool, I returned over the Poughkeepsie (a.k.a. Mid Hudson) Bridge.