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3.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.33
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Feb 28, 2007

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October 18, 2010
There is some videos of this ride on utube.
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August 1, 2010
I don't think Joe Rocket has been on this road…
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Written Directions

Start your route in the town of Ilion, NY (which is just 10 miles southeast of Utica, NY) and head south on Rt 51 to East Winfield, NY.

Scenery

This short and sweet 10 mile run is a NY route that is one of those routes that is a well kept secret and all but unkown to most NY riders - until now! Route 51 or the "Ilion Gorge" is carved in a narrow valley that winds along a small creek bed. The steep cliffs on both sides limit the amount of deer that are visible. During the fall months, the leaves are beautiful and during spring the gorge is roaring with melted snow runoff. There are numerous stops to fish, swim, whatever.

Drive Enjoyment

The quality of the road varies, they State keeps it up pretty well, but the extremely sharp turns (which are all banked perfectly) sometimes collect debris, so be careful around turns.

Tourism Opportunities

Ilion is a nice little upstate NY town. Home of Remington Arms and has plenty of amenities. The south end of the gorge is Cedarville, not much there more than a country store/diner with gas and a beer garden right at the stop sign. Perfect!

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October 18, 2010
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There is some videos of this ride on utube.
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August 1, 2010
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I don't think Joe Rocket has been on this road recently - I took the Gorge Road four days ago on a quick trip to Cooperstown. The pavement is in excellent condition and is well maintained by NYS DOT. A couple of nice tight turns, a couple of sweepers, and no issues with dirt or debris in the corners. At the end of the gorge, consider continuing south another three or four miles on ST-51 to US Highway 20. Turning east will get you to Richfield Springs, or a turn west will get you to West Winfield - Both are small farming communities with great character - amenities are readily available.
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July 12, 2010
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This used to be a great road. But unfortunetly that has changed, the road is now horribly maintanied and animals are everywhere. Not to mention the motorcycle deaths every year, which brings more and more cops.....
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