I signed up for the Frozen Apple right before the Global Pandemic shut everything down. I had heard some folks went out and did the ride on their own but I never got around to doing that. I met Dave (pictured above with the groovy glasses) at the Lent Cove parking lot in Peekskill, NY. Before getting on the bike I took off a layer and lathered up with sunscreen. It was going to be a glorious day.
I have ridden these roads a few times in the past but this was the first time coming from Peekskill and starting out by climbing Old Albany Post Road
This was a formidable climb to say the least but I had my yodelling pickle on hand to keep up the motivation.
Malcolm stuck with us through the first part of the ride until we lost him at the turn into Bell Hollow.
Descending down Canopus Hollow, just past the Barn of Signs I noticed another group of cyclists wearing D-SIG kit and figured that Brian Sullivan and his crew were riding out this way. I looked for Brian to say hi but our paths never crossed.
At the end of Bell Hollow the road turns into dual track
Some of it was rideable and some wasn't. At the based of the big climb there was single track heading down towards the stream, so Dave and I thought this could be a nice trail around it.
in Napoleon Death March fashion!
I think this is first time I have not seen the pond frozen.
At the parking lot to the Bird & Bottle Inn,
I met up with some D-SIG riders and told them to tell Brian that Cyclesnack says hello.
One or two of them recognized the name.
Normally, I would avoid this by heading into Cold Spring and then take Lane Gate Road from Rt 301.
It's a long climb but not as steep. Moffat Road however was demoralizing. Add to the fact that the middle section of Lane Gate Road is now paved.
On the first part I met up with Dave Schwartz, a bike race promoter that I have met a few times on these rides.
this is his last ride gravel ride in the Northeast as he is moving south.
I stopped at this shrine to check it out. Later, I learned that during Revolutionary times, Albany Post Road was the route that mail moved between NYC and Albany. The British assigned Benjamin Franklin Postmaster General of the Colonies and he invented the odometer to measure the distance between NYC and Albany and every mile was marked. Postage was measured on the number of miles the letter had to travel along this road.
I lost David in Peekskill because he wanted to go see someone to fix his phone because the screen was dead. I rode the last couple of miles back with Curt and Laura.