Trips

Bicycling Trips Led by Robert Matson
for Members of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Adirondack Mountain Club.
If you’re not a member, then join the fun!
A scenic back road in Harriman State Park, with leg. Photo copyr. Robert Matson 2011.
You are invited to join the trips I lead for the Appalachian Mountain Club (“AMC”) and the Adirondack Mountain Club (“ADK”). You must be a member, but membership is inexpensive and the trips are run non-profit, at cost, so they are a good deal.

Trip leaders, including your truly, are volunteers. Participants provide their own gear and cover their own costs. Trips are limited to small groups (usually 14 people or less), usually fill up and always have prerequisites in terms of experience, ability and gear. Please be prepared for trips to be full when you inquire, or for a trip leader to decide that you need more experience before attempting the trip in question. For AMC trips, you may also check the AMC calendar. I will try and schedule trips for beginners at least once a year.

For more information contact Robert Matson at RMatson@TheInnovationWorks.com.



Bicycle Trips

(Additional trips and dates may be added at a later date. Be sure to check back.)

Bear Mountain Bridge, looking towards Anthony’s Nose. Photo copyr. Robert Matson 2011.

Bicycle Trips 2014


Bucket List Bike Trip: Prince Edward Island
June 24, 2014, evening – July 5, 2014, morning.
$500 USD
(AMC, NY/NoJ Chapter Trip)
                         
Over 9 days, we will ride apx. 470 miles around Prince
Edward Island (PEI). From North Shore to South Shore and East Point to West
Point, our scenic route circles the island, returning to where we started.
Expect dramatic coastlines, inviting swimming beaches, picturesque rolling
hillsides, historic farms, scenic roads, lots of exercise, fresh air…and good
eatin’.
The island is famous for its fresh seafood, locally-grown
produce, bakery goods and ice cream.
There will not be a SAG Wagon or any other motorized support.  We will ride every day, rain or shine, without a planned layover (rest) day.  We will stay in campgrounds.  Cyclists will carry all their own gear on their own bikes.  “Touring”-style bikes are mandatory (recumbent bikes okay).  Price is a conservative estimate of what each person will pay for their share of campground fees, shared emergency medical and repair gear, medical evacuation insurance, maps and guide books, and other very basic group expenses.  AMC is a non-profit and this trip is run at cost with a volunteer leader for whom this is a vacation.  This trip is not appropriate for anyone who requires hand-holding and personal service or who has trouble getting along with others.  Limited to 6 participants.

$500 estimated cost for campground fees and group gear (i.e., first aid, maps, tools). Trip run at cost: any shortfall will be made up by participants equally, any excess is refunded equally during trip. Full accounting provided. Non-AMC members need to join the AMC (cheap) to join the trip.



Bicycle Trips 2013


Cycling the Parks: 150 mi./3 days

(advanced/strenuous)
This unique three-day/two-night trip starts at Central Park in New York City and goes from urban, to suburban, to two spectacular nearby wilderness areas and then back to urban. Open to 6 fit participants with full proper gear and food. No group cooking. No sag or support vehicles. Participants must be fully self-supported with own tools and bicycles must be in perfect working condition. Fitness requirements: riders must be able to ride a minimum of 65 miles/day fully loaded, without injury.
Mileage/Route:
Day 1: 50 miles, hilly. New York to private camp on Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park. Stay in tents.
Day 2: 35 miles, hilly. Lake Sebago to private camp near Clarence Fahnestock SP. Stay in tents.
Day 3: 65 miles, half hilly, half flat. C. Fahnestock SP to Central Park, New York.

HP Velotechnik Grasshopper fx at rest at Lake Sebago, in Harriman State Park.
Photo copyr. Robert Matson 2011.







Biking Central Park to Harriman State Park, and back.

100 mi./2 days.
(beginner/moderately strenuous)
This two-day/one-night trip starts at Central Park in New York City and heads to one of our most spectacular nearby wilderness areas, Harriman State Park. Open to six fit participants with full proper gear and food. No group cooking or “SAG” or support vehicles. Participants must be fully self-supported with own tools and bicycles must be in perfect working condition. Fitness requirements: riders must be able to ride a minimum of 50 miles for two days in a row while fully loaded with gear without problems.
Mileage/Route:

Day 1: 50 miles, hilly. New York to private camp on Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park. Stay in tents.
Day 2: 50 miles, hilly. Lake Sebago to Central Park. Sleep at home.

Fall Colors Intermediate Trip: Taconic Mountains. Apx. 250 mi/5 days.
Route TBD.


Robert on the bikeway over the Croton Reservoir.Photo copyr. Robert Matson 2011.