An Adirondack-Vermont Road Biking Adventure

The Adirondacks are a short drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal providing cyclists world-class opportunities to train, adventure, and explore the Adirondack Region in Northern New York by bike.

Charbel Saad

I started biking long distance about two years ago when I join this group called Montreal Outdoors Adventure Club (MOAC). It's been a great way to get some exercise, see beautiful provinces and nearby states by walking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping and biking through them. MOAC has more than 1,500 members and we hit all the best places to visit – including the Adirondacks. They are the place to be!

I love road biking because, besides the health and cardio aspect of biking, I look at it as a green form of transportation as well as something the whole family can do together. Moreover, you're developing a positive addiction, making friends and staying healthy. As a bonus, you get to enjoy the amazing scenery that Mother Nature offers around you.

Road Biking in the Adirondacks

This spring, my group of friends from Montreal Outdoors Adventure Club (MOAC) joined up for a ride through the Adirondacks and part of Vermont. We were about 20 cyclists. It was a full day outing from 9 am until 6 pm. We left from Montreal and started at Cumberland Head in Plattsburgh and took a ferry for a 15 minute ride to Grand Isle Vermont. From there, it was about 15 km of rolling farmland down to the old rail trail that now servces as a bike path connecting the Champlain Islands with the Vermont mainland.

We rode the causeway for about 6 km, the Adirondacks to our right, the Green Mountains to our left. Midway, we hopped on the Local Motion's Bike Ferry and from there rode into Burlington. We stopped for lunch at the Burlington Farmers' Market, then jumped on the ferry to Port Kent, NY and rode back into Plattsburgh for a total of 64 km.

The best part of this ride through the Adirondacks and Vermont was the 15 km of rolling farmland that serves as a bike path connecting the Champlain Islands with the Vermont mainland – it was just spectacular.

One of my favorite things about biking in the Adirondacks are the photo opportunities. As a passionate photographer, I always make sure I have my camera with me and at my disposal with enough juice to handle the amount of pictures I'll be taking in a single trip. I am blown away by the scenery that surrounds me in the Adirondacks, from green hills to blue lakes, sailing boats and fishermen – it's a feast for the eyes and lens!

I usually ride around Montreal, which has a lot to offer in terms of cycling, however the Three Ferries Ride around Vermont and Lake Champlain is the closest to my heart. I ride a hybrid bike, a Specialized Sirrus, nothing too fancy, but it does the job perfectly well.

My 5 Tips to Prep for a Long Road Bike Trip:

  1. You and your bike should be in good condition before the trip to avoid hiccups and unwanted stops in between.
  2. Good condition also means properly inflated tires and a recently lubricated chain, all of which will make your ride easier and more pleasant.
  3. Carry the basic bike tools and an extra tube.
  4. As obvious as it might sound, make sure you wear your helmet since safety comes first!
  5. Bring extra money – just in case.

I also make sure to carry the basic biker's tools, a pump and a couple of extra tubes, especially if you have a road bike, because sometimes you will be riding on a gravel road and might end up with a flat tire and that is not fun! Bring enough drinkable water and some energy bars and snacks.

About the Author …
Charbel Saad
A Montreal native, Charbel manages to sneak out and bike in the Adirondacks and around the Northeast snapping great images and sampling the local fare as he goes!
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