Friday, August 19, 2011

Bike the Hudson to a Beacon!

This past weekend, we embarked on a great land journey, up the Hudson and eventually to the town of Beacon, NY.  Jamie organized a group of us to bike to Beacon, a roughly 100 mile trip, throughout three days. He stated that one should be very carefully prepared for: a casual scenic ride, cabins, camping, swimming, and museum viewing! And prepared we were!  We all met at another beacon of sorts, a cute red lighthouse on the Hudson around 181st street.  A group of five of us, myself, Jamie, Stewart, Alana, and Eric set off for our journey up the Hudson!

First stop! Turkey!

An important feature (to me) of this trip was the exploration of state parks along our route, here we are featured in the first NY state park of our trip!  

The first day, we biked 40-50 miles (and jeez, up a mountain) to another state park, with a cabin! (Just
a side note, the promise of a cabin will convince me to embark on any journey.)

Next state park! This state park had an incredible pool built into the mountain! Great work New York State!

The next night brought the promise of rain (by a friendly ranger and friendly smoking lady), so based on the recommendation of friendly smoking lady, we holed in a great gazebo, lakeside! But don't worry, we are still in a state park.

The final day was record breaker in terms of rainfall for New York, but all was well, and it added a little swiftness to our speed!

On our third day, we made it to Beacon! We are clearly very wet! Thankfully, Alana showed us one of the best coffee shops that we'd ever been to, and we quickly forgot about being entirely drenched.  After warming up with the sweet sounds of elderly ukulele players at The Best Coffee Shop, we hit the museum, Dia:Biacon, for some fun minimalist art! Tired and drippy, we hopped on the train at Beacon with our bikes and headed back to Grand Central Station and along home. 
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