Altamont to Middleburgh + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Begin your ride at the Stewart's Shop on Main Street in Altamont. Follow NYS Rt. 156 west out of town. After 7.7 miles, turn right on to Albany County Rt. 254 (Rock Rd.). After 1.7 miles, turn left to stay on Rt. 254. Turn right on to NYS Rt. 443. In West Berne, turn left on to Bradt Hollow Rd.; turn right on to Dutch Settlement Rd immediately after crossing the bridge. After about 1/2 a mile, turn left on to Cotton Hill Rd. (Schoharie County Rt. 66). After about 8 miles, Cotton Hill Rd. will end at NYS Rt. 145; turn right to follow Rt. 145 into Middleburgh.
This route climbs over the Helderberg Mountains of western Albany County and down into the beautiful Schoharie Valley. The route undulates among farm fields, and winds through hollows cut by mountain streams. This is a fantastic leaf peeping ride in the fall.
The pavement is generally well maintained along this route, especially along Rts. 156 and 254. Twisties abound on Rt. 254 and on Cotton Hill Rd., with Cotton Hill Rd. containing the lion's share of the tight turns along this route There are few flat areas; the route generally climbs uphill from Altamont until the last 2-3 miles of Cotton Hill Rd. whice decends steeply until its end at Rt. 145. Cotton Hil Rd. is pretty narrow (no double yellow lines on this road); watch out for cars drifting over the center of the road around the sharper turns on Cotton Hill Rd.
Most of the amenities on this route are found in Altamont and Middleburgh. Altamont has a couple of gas stations along with a few eateries including the Mio Vino wine bar and Home Front Cafe. Middleburgh has a few more eateries, including Hubies (an Italian restaurant), the Green Wolf Brewing company, and Mrs. K 's Kitchen. Both Altamont and Middleburgh are lovely little towns to park your bike in and stretch your legs with a stroll down Main Street.
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