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Labor Day Weekend 2009


  The Labor Day weekend weather was looking to be quite nice and started with a warm sunny day.I rode to the RR station and Water St. to see if I could witness the very last section of decking for the Walkway, being placed. I had been there on Thursday and saw the last sections being placed. It would seem I had missed the very last section of decking being placed by mere minutes.  (see Walkway OTH report blog entry)  I had ridden UP along the now, almost completed, Walkway to the east entrance off Parker Ave. After watching the big crane being moved to the weekend “parking spot” over Washington. Ave., I rode to Morgan Lake, the northern terminus of the Dutchess Rail Trail. I rode to Overocker Rd. and then to the Arlington Library, in the town of Poughkeepsie.


  A toasty ,low humidity, Colorado-like day with daytime temps in the mid-80’s.On this unoficial end of Summer weekend, it was very summer-like.
I could not let the summer end without a visit to Rita’s, in the town of Hyde Park on SR 9G, for a soft serve ice cream cone. There are several places along SR 9G one could get ice cream including the afore mentioned Rita’s. I would document the ride along SR 9G and CR 41 to US rt. 9 – Atlantic Coast Route – BR9 for an alternate US rt. 9 bypass between Marist college and the north end of Hyde Park (village) from the east access, in the city of Poughkeepsie, of the Walkway-OTH. I arrived at my first destination, for the day, Rita’s. (4.7 mi. – see below for more detail)

  I continued north on SR 9G to East Park in the town of Hyde Park and then along a winding county road to US rt. 9 and the village of Hyde Park. I would turn left on US rt. 9 et al. to my second destination, the FDR home National Historic Site.

  After a riding – walking tour of the grounds, and the Henry Wallace visitor center, I would ride home via BR9 / Atlantic Coast Route south (US rt. 9)
 and a route within the city of Poughkeepsie.

US route 9 alternate route via SR 9G – NB

START:Walkway OTH east acces Parker Ave. (SR 9G) city of Poughkeepsie

0.0 L Parker Ave SR 9G    

.3 CROSS Hamilton Ave.  begin up hill 8% max grade  

.4 CROSS Clinton Ave.  .6 } town of Poughkeepsie – top of hill improved shoulder  CAUTION! inadequate width in sections 

 1.2 } FOOD Raymond’s dinner  2.1 Cottage St. HRPC at TCL 

CAUTION! right turn only lane – must move over one lane to continue north

 2.2 } town of Hyde Park

 2.3 } FOOD Sunoco food mart

 3.6 CR 40A

 4.2 } ER Val Kill NHS

 4.5 } ICE CREAM Inside Scoop on SB side – sit down inside ice cream shoppe

  } FOOD deli – just after above K&D Deli and just before below

 4.7 } ICE CREAM Rita’s on NB side at Haviland Rd. intersection – north side of TCL – al fresco roadside stand type


  } FOOD Krouser’s market (chain) convenience store on NB side – just before Stewart’s

  CAUTION! must get in left lane for below turn

 6.2 L CR41 Crum Elbow Rd. at TCL

  } FOOD ICE CREAM Stewart’s (chain) convenience store

  CAUTION! winding road narrow in sections

  follow to village of Hyde Park

 7.5 US rt. 9 – Atlantic Coast Route – NY BR9


Poughkeepsie Newman and the windmill of the lost village …

  When I had ridden to the Franny Reese Preserve back in July, for a second visit, the entrance on Mack Rd. had been cleared and there was now a gravel road going into the preserve. There was also a chain across the entrance, a trail closed sign, and a small buldozer on the other side of the chain. Construction had obviously begun, as per the master plan map  I had found on the Scenic Hudson site, to make the preserve into a fully developed park.The trail closed sign had indicated that work would be completed August 30 2009. I had planed on returning over the Labor Day weekend.

  When I arived on Sunday, this Labor Day weekend,I was quite surprised to find the preserve still closed.The chain was still across the entrance.
 The small buldozer that was there in July was gone. I had seen a parked car at the entrance.Undaunted by the construction area signs,the trail closed sign, and determined to find that windmill,I went around the chain to enter the preserve. I saw some people walking out, most likely the ones from that parked car. I followed the gravel road to the area where the new parking lot, kiosk, and bathrooms are suposed to be as per the master plan. There was only rudimentry clearing for the parking lot.There was no heavy equipment and there was no foundation for the bathrooms. I continued deeper into the preserve along the old Lewisburgh Road, which is one of the road-trails of the preserve. With the relatively dry weather the past several weeks, the trails were dry and I would not be in amphibious terrain bicycle mode this time. I emerged at the trails intersection, in the clearing under the power lines. There were 2 new log posts but no new signs or markers. It would seem very little additional work had been done since July.

 With the MP map, I now knew I should have continued straight instead of turning left, on that near verticle, rocky road-trail that roughly followed the power lines up, at a 21++ percent grade. The trail, at first went into, then out of, then back into the woods at the top of the hill as the trail made a sharp left turn. There were downed branches and a small tree at the edge of the woods on top of the hill. I saw an old stone base for a gate. The iron hook for the gate could be seen. The trail emerged out of the woods into a thicket of thorny vegitation. I pushed my bike through the thick vegitation. On the other side of the thicket there was another thin vegitation covered road-trail to the left. I continued straight and found myself at a gate. I was at the upper access to the preserve. On the other side of the gate was an open expanse of neatly mowed property. A “yuppie McMansion” could be seen in at the top of the property.

I turned around and went back to the thicket and the trail T intersection. I could see that if I went to the right on the road-trail, it would intersect at a T with that road-trail that went to the left at the top of the hill I had passed by previously. I would turn left on this trail and thus bypassing the thicket. On the road-trail from the thicket, there was a section that was overgrown with thorny vines and on a slight downgrade, I caught the thorny vines on my right side, causing some deep scratches on my arm and leg. I did not realize how badly scratched I was untill I saw some blood trickling down my arm. At the intersection with the main trail where I had been, I tended to my wounds. A couple of hikers appeared on the road-trail I had  just been on, at the intersection. I had asked them if they knew where the windmill was. They did not even know there was a windmill. Once back at the gate, I consulted the MP map. I had determined the ruins of the windmill, and other structures were way on the other side of the thick vegitation covered power line clearing. I had decided the best way to find these ruins would be to go full hiker mode. I left my bicycle leaned up a tree, and with my camera began to walk through the tall ferns, grass and other thick vegitation toward the old stone wall going along the edge of the woods on the other side of the clearing. As I looked to my right, and my eyes followed the power lines down, I could see  a view of the river and a section of the walkway.

  On the other side of the power lines, I found a barely discernible path along the wall. I followed the path up through the high grass and ferns, all the while looking up and to my right into the woods looking for something that resembled the ruins of a structure. And finaly, after what seemed like an eternity, I could see the tops of some sort of structures up ahead at the edge of the woods. I had, at first, thought from my low vantage point, that I was just seeing the very tops of several old structures. When I had gotten closer, I could see that in essence, this is all there was to these two structures. The one structure, with the large standard V roof, was actualy very low, just a stone foundation for a full size small cottage with a tin roof. On either end were two large window-like openings. Inside this low structure, I could see a formed concrete sort of pit, like a swiming pool. In one corner of the rusted tin roof, there was a hole that had been blown out from the inside. The other rooftop was in fact just that. All that remained of a more complete structure. The rooftop was octagonal in shape, and from the size, I had come to the conclusion that this may have been a gazebo. My MP map had shown these two ruins. The windmill was shown as being directly across from these 2. After a bit of carefuly scaning the woods I spoted in between the trees, the grayed, weathered wood of a tall structure rising above the trees that surounded it. I had, at last found the windmill of the lost village. I had expected the windmill to be stone not a pyramid shaped wood structure rising to a point at the top. There was visible evidence this windmill was of the early 20th century, there were old porcelin insulators for electric power on the side. Without an interpretive sign, I was unsure if the power was TO the windmil, or coming FROM the windmill. I walked back to my bicycle and left the preserve the way I had come in. I was triumphant, albeit bloodied and sore, in achieving my goal for the day.

Monday – Labor Day

  A cool, cloudy October-like day. More like Columbus Day than Labor Day. I did a short ride incorporating the Dutchess Rail Trail to document the grade on Hornbeck Rd. in the town of Poughkeepsie from Van Wagner Rd. At the bottom of the grade my SkyMonti inclinometer registered just under 15% – 14 1/2% for documentation puposes. About half way up seemed to be a tad steeper for a very short section- perhaps 16% I was not able to get an acurate reading.

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