Unfortunately, US Rt 44 is the only way to get from Adams Fairacre to the Stop & Shop, so we ride this section once a week. I’m towing the trailer with two bags of groceries:
A palimpsest of patches shows that they really don’t have staying power:
Gravel and a manhole cover keep cyclists off the shoulder:
We take the lane well before we encounter this section, because veering into traffic doesn’t work well:
The longitudinal crack marks the edge of the original paving. This is a common hazard on Dutchess County roads, as many were widened by simply paving the original shoulders into the travel lane, without actually rebuilding the substructure.