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Old 07-14-20, 08:51 AM
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So they're closing the last gap! Good
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Old 07-19-20, 08:24 AM
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FINALLY: The trial is open from the R118 parking area to Birdsall Drive so no need for the on-road detour. I was riding south on the NCT and was very pleasantly surprised when there was no gate at Birdsall. When I rode the trail last Sunday that section was still closed.

BUT:
This was posted on the Facebook page of the NCT:

July 16, 2020: The Trailway crossing at Route 118 in Yorktown will experience periodic closures between Monday, July 27 and the first week in August. This is for a milling and paving project by the New York State Department of Transportation.

The following is a link to check any status changes.

https://parks.westchestergov.com/act...ing-and-biking
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Old 07-19-20, 01:43 PM
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Well the 95 degree temps stopped me from even thinking about doing it today. Maybe next time I go up, which should be pretty soon.
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Old 07-20-20, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
Well the 95 degree temps stopped me from even thinking about doing it today. Maybe next time I go up, which should be pretty soon.
Understandable! That said the first time I round tripped it, it was a worrisomely warm dawn but got much better once I'd finished the climb from VCP to Bryn Mawr and was north of that ridge. Diverted to Bronxville on the return that night (rather than do the mud in the dark) and got off the train in NYC into an absolute sauna and the realization that everyone else had been soaking in that all day, while it wasn't half as bad out on the trailway.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
This came up prior that you could start at the south end of Van Cartland and ride bike path to Kingston, with some on street in Brewster and New Paltz. I think over 100 miles or so.
Ever seen the "path" from New Paltz to Kingston? have an allroad/gravel/mtn bike
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Ever seen the "path" from New Paltz to Kingston? have an allroad/gravel/mtn bike
Trails like this are one of the reasons I purchased a gravel bike.
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Old 07-22-20, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
Apparently the stretch from Millerton north is all but finished, and there is a section from Copake Falls north too that you can ride. It is from the end of that to the short section to Hilsdale that is completely missing. I donít know of the status from Hilsdale to Chatham.

I wonder if they will build a bridge over Rt 22 or at least put a light in. I know thatís a fast stretch of road for driving as I do it myself.
1. Millerton to Underhill Rd is not open. Most of it is paved, but they're are still some sections close to Millerton that are not and they're still working on some (trail) bridges there.

2. There's another section further north that runs from around Black Grocery rd to Hillsdale. It's on the west side of 22 and completely cut off from the rest of the trail. The area around it is hilly. If you start in Hillsdale and run to the end of that section (Blk Grocery) you're in for a lovely climb out of there.

3. There's nothing else north of that (at this point).
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Old 07-22-20, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclebycle13 View Post
1. Millerton to Underhill Rd is not open. Most of it is paved, but they're are still some sections close to Millerton that are not and they're still working on some (trail) bridges there.

2. There's another section further north that runs from around Black Grocery rd to Hillsdale. It's on the west side of 22 and completely cut off from the rest of the trail. The area around it is hilly. If you start in Hillsdale and run to the end of that section (Blk Grocery) you're in for a lovely climb out of there.

3. There's nothing else north of that (at this point).
I did the ride from Hilsdale all the way to Millerton, and yes there is a climb at the end of that first section but it wasn't so bad. I ended up crossing 22 and getting on the trail again in Copake Falls, then the back way into Millerton. I actually think that road to Millerton is fine but it will be nice to be able to ride from Wassaic all the way to Hilsdale in the near future on the trail. I'm not holding my breath for it to be finished to Chatham.
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I did the ride from Hilsdale all the way to Millerton, and yes there is a climb at the end of that first section but it wasn't so bad. I ended up crossing 22 and getting on the trail again in Copake Falls, then the back way into Millerton. I actually think that road to Millerton is fine but it will be nice to be able to ride from Wassaic all the way to Hilsdale in the near future on the trail. I'm not holding my breath for it to be finished to Chatham.
Having ridden Wassaic to Copake a few times, I can say the road section from Millerton to Boston Corners is likely my favorite section. Itís just a series of beautiful roads, scenic views to the Catskills, etc.... The completed trail will be in the valley and near Rt22, not sure Iíd bother.
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I did the ride from Hilsdale all the way to Millerton, and yes there is a climb at the end of that first section but it wasn't so bad. I ended up crossing 22 and getting on the trail again in Copake Falls, then the back way into Millerton. I actually think that road to Millerton is fine but it will be nice to be able to ride from Wassaic all the way to Hilsdale in the near future on the trail. I'm not holding my breath for it to be finished to Chatham.
last time I checked there were 2 L's in Hillsdale
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Originally Posted by cyclebycle13 View Post
last time I checked there were 2 L's in Hillsdale
I guess. I'm pretty sure I've seen it with one though.
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Old 07-24-20, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I guess. I'm pretty sure I've seen it with one though.
with regards to bruklyn
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Old 07-24-20, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclebycle13 View Post
with regards to bruklyn
Its Breuckelen
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Its Breuckelen
Maybe I've seen it my way.
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Old 10-12-20, 07:23 AM
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I'm planning on doing this ride on Saturday starting in Brewster. Some friends did it last October and said it was a great ride, so we're doing it again this weekend. Any detours/closures to know about?

Thanks!
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Old 11-25-20, 10:25 PM
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Just when you thought VCP paving made it safe to ride on the Old Put Again... It seem the SCT to NCT junction is closed!

https://twitter.com/BikeTarrytown/st...MApnSvPB-ZwVjE
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Old 11-26-20, 06:54 AM
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Just when you thought VCP paving made it safe to ride on the Old Put Again... It seem the SCT to NCT junction is closed!

https://twitter.com/BikeTarrytown/st...MApnSvPB-ZwVjE
Is that where the overpass construction is happening?
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Old 11-26-20, 09:32 AM
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Just when you thought VCP paving made it safe to ride on the Old Put Again... It seem the SCT to NCT junction is closed!
inconvenience
https://twitter.com/BikeTarrytown/st...MApnSvPB-ZwVjE
There is a "serious" gate just north of Coca Cola. That gate was not there on Tuesday, but was there yesterday (11/25). I didn't bother, but you could get around that gate just as easily as in VCP. The portion of the SCT from Eastview to R119 isn't that terrible, especially compared to the section from R119 to Barney Street. Due to its condition I haven't been south of R119 for about a month. Hopefully they start repairing that section soon which would definitely be worth the inconvenience.
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Is that where the overpass construction is happening?
IIRC the only road interaction is at the northern end just before the Eastview lot. I suppose they could be rebuilding the old railroad bridge across the highway there but I'm not sure what else would cause it.

Trail maintenance is warranted, but Ardsley-Elmsford should be first.

Anyway let's hope they get it done in the winter off season; it's no longer my trail and I haven't even been there since last winter's season, but it's a treasure of the region I hope to return to someday!
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IIRC the only road interaction is at the northern end just before the Eastview lot. I suppose they could be rebuilding the old railroad bridge across the highway there but I'm not sure what else would cause it.

Trail maintenance is warranted, but Ardsley-Elmsford should be first.

Anyway let's hope they get it done in the winter off season; it's no longer my trail and I haven't even been there since last winter's season, but it's a treasure of the region I hope to return to someday!
A couple of weeks ago I got a late afternoon start in VCP and went as far as the Macy Park before turning back. The only construction we encountered was where a new overpass was being constructed over the Saw Mill parkway I think at Ravensdale. Never got as far as Eastview.
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Originally Posted by UniChris View Post
IIRC the only road interaction is at the northern end just before the Eastview lot. I suppose they could be rebuilding the old railroad bridge across the highway there but I'm not sure what else would cause it.

Trail maintenance is warranted, but Ardsley-Elmsford should be first.

My butt, my bike and whats left of my common sense totally agree with that, but unfortunately that not whats happening YET!
There's a gate just south of the Eastview Parking lot that said closed until further notice for paving. The gate was still there as of Fri. Dec. 11th.

Edit: Sun. Dec. 13th: The trail was opened this morning. They paved (or repaired) from Eastview to Coca Cola. They previously smoothed out the curbs at the Coca Cola - Fedex road crossing. The short ride from Eastview to Coca Cola is greatly improved. Hopefully they start working on the section south of R119 next without spending time on low priority sections. The section from R119 to VE Macy Park is still a masochist's delight. I would have gone further south, but I an not a {big} masochist.
I am not saying that there won't be any more closures, but that portion of the trail seems pretty good.

They are putting in new millage markers (sponsored by HSS (Hosp. Special Surgery) that are giving the millage to/from VCP. The sign just north of the Eastview parking lot say's South County Trail, so apparently they are maintaining the SCT and NCT names despite all millage amounts coming from VCP.

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they are maintaining the SCT and NCT names
There really is a distinction both as to ownership and maintenance responsibilities. I used to know it but mercifully it's one of those tidbits that's been purged from my memory. For mere mortals, it's a distinction that doesn't make a difference.
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This from Westchester Parks website

South County TrailwayA paved, multi-use trail 14.1 miles in length spanning central to southern Westchester.

Note: The section from Eastview Drive in Greenburgh to Warehouse Lane in Elmsford is under construction and will be closed weekdays until Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. It will be open and safe for use on weekends.
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There really is a distinction both as to ownership and maintenance responsibilities. I used to know it but mercifully it's one of those tidbits that's been purged from my memory. For mere mortals, it's a distinction that doesn't make a difference.
You're right about the distinction, which explains why the NCT repair job ended at Eastview and not Warehouse Lane. The current work being done now is part of the SCT budget. Since the trail is in effect one trail, it does make sense to have consistent millage markers from VCP to Baldwin Place.
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I just hope it is fully open by Memorial Day weekend, when I frequently ride the trail from Brewster to Brooklyn. The other ride I may do on it would be the GWB/TZ bridge loop, which starts just north of Elmsford somewhere.
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