HUDSON VALLEY AREA INFORMATION
The spring and fall are generally the best times of the year for cycling in this area. With the whole global warming thing, (not enough people riding their bicycles!) it is quite likely on a given day, that one may be riding in this area, the weather is anything but what the average is supposed to be for that month.
When I went Apple picking during Columbus day weekend, in mid October, 2008, it was 72 deg.(F)! This was like 20 degrees warmer than what it was supposed to be, which is in the crisp 50's (F).The oppressive heat, humidity, and occasional ozone pollution alerts warning people not to breathe the air outside, make the summers here the least desirable time of the year for cycling. However, I have experienced on occasion during the summer here, Colorado-like days of, clear blue skies, low humidity, and toasty, but not blazing, temps in the 80's(F)
The winters here are too cold, snowy-icy for cycling. This is the time of the year to wax one's XC skis and head out to one of the many trails in the area. However there are some hard core extreme cyclists in this area who do go cycling in the area during the winter. These extreme cyclists equip their mountain bikes with studded tires and go “ice-biking” on one of the many frozen ponds or lakes in the area. Brrrrr ...
The area code for the mid Hudson Valley is: 845
Tourism Council 1 - 800 - 455 - 3131 this
would be a good start for tourism information specific to
Orange County Tourism There is a special section for the NY state highway 97 byway. NY SR 97 is part of the NY bike route 17.While the eastern half of Orange county is in the Hudson Valley, Port Jervis, in the south-western most corner, is in the Upper Delaware region. This is a very beautiful area. A section of the Atlantic Coast Route includes a ride through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in nearby New Jersey. (see the non-regional section of this website for more detail)
state cycling contacts
NYSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Hotline 1-888-Bike-NYS or 1-888-Walk-NYS
NY state DOT region 8 bicycle / pedestrian coordinator:
Contact: Lisa Mondello