Hunting, but not exactly finding, fall foliage
In recent years we have embraced the tradition of spending the weekends of late October and early November chasing fall color as it makes its way through our favorite foliage hotspots. These adventures have included absolutely incredible days on our Garneau Steeple CX/do everything bikes, some of which are featured under the “Fall” tag on the Journal. This past weekend we were aiming to add to those memories with another trip up to the Gunks and the mostly empty trails around Lake Awosting.
Unfortunately the weather didn’t entirely cooperate with our plans. Saturday’s conditions were brutal with only those brave enough to race HPCX (not me!) venturing outside. So we pinned our hopes on Sunday when the forecast called for partly cloudy skies and temperatures pushing above 50 degrees. Alas this forecast proved optimistic as there was dense cloud cover all day and a chilly wind that forced extra caution on the various water crossings we encountered. On the bright side this insured that we saw barely anyone on the trails during our ride as we hung to the more remote stretches of the Park.
As for fall color: the cloud cover didn’t do any favors and unfortunately Saturday’s storm hit the park hard enough that many of the ridge-line trails were covered in a sea of red and orange leaves that would have looked perfect on the trees. But even if the color was a bit lacking those classic Shawangunk views were as beautiful as ever:
In the end even if the weather didn’t cooperate with our search for that perfect fall color it was still another imminently memorable day on the bike. With winter looming just over the horizon we’ll take as many days like today as possible - though hopefully we will have one or two more days where some blue sky days line up with the fall color creeping South toward New York City.
Recapping a visit to Bear Mountain without the racing, but with some of the most beautiful fall color we have ever chased.
Making the most of one of the last weekends to feature fall foliage before winter settles onto NYC
This weekend, a band of TBDers ventured north to seek those open pastures of congestion-free roads and a sizable dose of Autumn color. With a mix of gear, from slick-tired ‘cross bikes to aero road bikes with rim brakes, we came to party.
It’s officially that time of year: when we chase fall colors as they make their way down the Hudson Valley
A road trip through the Appalachian Mountains, with plenty of time on two wheels during the height of fall foliage. Featuring Paris Mountain, Mount Mitchell and Vesuvius (the one in Virginia)
Images excerpted from the most recent entry on the To Be Determined Journal.
Taking a much needed break from real life with some of our favorite roads for hunting fall color.
Corey Morenz reminds us that you don’t have to race CX to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and trails the greater New York area has to offer:
It is officially official: leaf peeping season is here.To help NYC based riders select their rides during these precious few weekends with (hopefully) beautiful weather and even more beautiful color we compiled a few of our favorite leaf peeping rides from New York City
While riding the dirt roads from reservoir to reservoir in Westchester County we may have missed out on our dam goal but we had a damn fine day on the bike.