On Thursday Gary and I drove up to New Paltz, New York to ride our bikes on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. 

The trail is 22 miles long and New Paltz is just about in the center. Our plan was to ride the southern section to Gardiner and then ride back. We started at the Trailhead very near historic Huguenot Street.

A step back in time! I felt like I was in Colonial Williamsburg. I am so glad I don’t have to wear a period costume– it’s tough on a bike and it is 87 degrees and killer sunny. How did they stand it?

The train station in New Paltz has transformed into a restaurant. I love seeing how these small towns have reinvented themselves and communities revitalized by rail trails.

The trail is absolutely flat and a mix of woodsy shade and open meadow. We are riding along the Wallkill River with amazing views of the Shawangunk Mountains. Locals call them, the Gunks.

A group of riders stopped and were taking cell photos of something. I asked, “What do you see?” Bears!

We also saw people poaching red ripe apples from this orchard. Tempting, but Gary and I were looking forward to lunch (and a huge glass of ice water) in Gardiner.

Gardiner is an interesting village.

We saw some cool trail-side art and had a delicious Italian chicken pannini sandwich. 

We turned around in Gardiner for the ride back to New Paltz. I spotted this very fine brew pub, the Gilded Otter, where we could quench our thirst.

There is nothing better to clear trail dust from your throat than a cold beer. Gary opted for a Katzenjammer Kolsh. I had to have the Rail Trail Pale Ale. Totally chose it for the name. Delishous! 

Miles ridden  15

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  1. Thanks for sharing. Another trail to out on our list.

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