Large hudson valley

NYC Microadventure

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Today we have a guest post from adventurer Alastair Humphreys 's blog featuring Discover Outdoors' Regional Manager for Philadelphia and Senior Guide Marc Cassone

I really enjoy receiving emails from people who have taken on a microadventure of their own.

Marc gave me permission to include his photos here as I loved the progression from wilderness to the very heart of New York City!

He says,

ÒI spent 6 days (finished last week) hiking and biking (touring) the length of the Hudson River, here in the states. The Hudson is the longest river in New York State and the lifeblood of the state- it gets its source at the beautiful alpine Lake Tear of the Clouds (just shy of the summit of the highest peak in New York's Adirondack Mtn's: Mt Marcy) and from there it wends its way through many historical towns, the state's capital, meets the Eerie Canal and eventually ends at the ocean in Manhattan, by the Statue of Liberty. Not only was I able to follow the whole river from source to sea, but also traveled from the highest point to the lowest point in the state!
I'd love to see other people attempt the same trip (maybe even beat my time?). I have all the directions, campgrounds, etc. saved if people want it."


Here are some numbers:
-300 miles total, 20 miles hiking and 280 biking
-Avg daily bike mileage: 60
-Total days: 6
-Total days it rained: 6
-Total amt spent on accommodations: 70$
-Total amt spent on whole trip (accommodations, pre-/post-trip transportation, food, gear): 290$.
-Total flat tires: 5
-Spare tires: 2
-Number of patches used: 3
-Elevation loss: 5,344 ft (so many downhills"_.)

Overall a great trip! Quite the experience from going somewhere as remote as the ADKs (no cell service for 3 days!) to downtown NYC all by your own power"_. Definitely worth the celebratory beers at the end.

At Lake Tear of the Clouds, highest source of the Hudson River and just shy of the summit of Mt Marcy, highest point in the Adirondacks/New York State.


My bike andÒkit" as you Brits say overlooking the Hudson just South of the town of North Creek (where President Teddy Roosevelt was sworn-in as President!) (It's actually a great story and worth looking up!)



This was aÒBike Path" as noted by both Google Maps and MapMyRide. The pavement gave out in the middle of nowhere and turned to a flooded dirt road, complete with fallen bridges and miserable push-your-bike-through-it-it's-so-deep-mud. It started down-pouring shortly after this. Excellent.


This was on the George Washington Bridge in northern Manhattan overlooking the NYC skyline. Home-stretch!


Me bringing the sexy back and showing off myÒspantan" in Time Square. I love this picture because 5 days prior to this I was waist-deep in water fording aÒtrail" in the ADK wilderness with no cell-service and hadn't seen any people for 2 days.


Originally posted on July 26th, 2013 by Alastair Humphreys here.

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