On September 17, 2012, I finally left New York City behind and moved to Olivebridge, New York. I had been riding up here for years, always taking the train from Grand Central and then leaving from Poughkeepsie. I always had this notion that someday I’d live here. Well, here I am in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, and this is the view from my window.

And why not? Our neighborhood—South Street Seaport—was going the way of the East Village circa 2003, mostly due to the fact that the fish market had moved out. We both work from home and have no particular reason to be in the city any more.

We were particularly lucky because, just a few weeks after we moved, our neighborhood was flooded and our building was rendered more-or-less permanently uninhabitable.

I’ll be honest: I mostly moved up here because of the riding. This blog will focus on riding in the Catskills, particularly the rough and dirty rides on back roads, on gravel, and occasionally cross country (although the latter is almost always accidental).

I’ve had a chance to ride most everywhere in the Tristate area and beyond, and—take it from me—this is the best riding to be found in three states, and perhaps anywhere in the US. All of it accessible by train from New York. I’ll try to provide guidance on the best rides, where to start, where to refill your water bottles and eat, and what to avoid, and I’ll include maps and GPS files. I’ll also talk about my bikes, post an occasional product review, and lots of pictures of animals.



1 thought on “Introduction

  1. Robert DePaolis

    Hi John,
    My name is Robert. I live in Milford, PA with my wife Liz, our two teenagers and two dogs. I came across your blog and I was fascinated by the photos. I retired about 7 years ago and moved here from New York. Milford is in the Delaware Valley, kind of between the Poconos and the Catskills. Most of my rides start out in Milford and take me to either New York or New Jersey. I too have to ride on Rt. 209 from time to time to get to some of my favorite riding destinations.
    One of my favorite is from Milford, across the Milford Bridge into Montague, NJ and down River Rd to Port Jervis, NY and up to Rt. 209. Unfortunately, I have to deal with the cars on Rt 209 for about 9 miles. I make a right onto County Rt.163 then a left onto South Rd and follow up through the Bashakill preserve to the Bashakill Winery. Absolutely beautiful scenery. The winery is on South Rd, right near an entrance to the D&H Canal Trail, in Wurtsboro, NY. A small taste at the winery and I head back to Milford. Roundtrip is about 60 miles with around 2700 ft of climbing.
    I would be interested in seeing any photos and descriptions of rides in the Orange, Rockland and Sullivan County areas.
    Thanks so much for a great blog,


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