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The 100-Mile Trip to the Catskills: Totally Worth It

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Pretend for a moment that it’s not at or below freezing with the wind-chill right now. Instead, let’s remember when it was not just bearable, but downright enjoyable, to ride a few hours north of the city and find nirvana in the perfectly paved and practically un-patrolled roads of the Catskills.

At the end of October we abandoned Brooklyn and set up shop at the Woodstock Lodge for a few days. The rooms were a little musty but overall it’s a lovely little glamping destination for anyone looking to get away for a motorcycle retreat. Plus, it’s home to a funky house bar that’s open later than any other in the area.

Instead of potholes and snarled traffic we found only freshly paved roads. We happily zipped along well over NYC’s new 25MPH speed limit, and the only thing that got snagged were leaves in our bikes as we blasted through piles of brightly colored fall foliage.

We got in a few days of some of the best riding in the state, and at a golden time of the year. We wrote the trip off as a product testing mission, and we took it very seriously. One of us even simultaneously assessed both the impact absorption qualities of Schuberth C3 helmet and the abrasion resistance of the Aether Skyline jacket—two thumbs up from Matias! And when it got cold the last day we fell in love with Gerbing’s heated gear for the ride back, as well as the Oxford Heated grips.


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Where to Stay: Woodstock Lodge
Rustic bordering on dilapidated, but they treated us well. Interpret it as charming you’ll be fine. Did we mention the bar’s open later than anywhere else in the area. 20 Country Club Ln, Woodstock, NY 12498 // Phone: (845) 679-2814

Breakfast: Bread Alone Bakery/Cafe located in the heart of town. Nice place to fuel up for a long day of riding. 22 Mill Hill Rd Woodstock, NY 12498 // Phone: (845) 679-2108

Lunch: Phoenecia Diner Retro-American roadside destination for 30-plus years. 12 miles from Woodstock. 5681 New York 28, Phoenicia, NY 12464 // Phone: (845) 688-9957

Dinner: Red Onion Gourmet restaurant in a historic farmhouse. Amazing food. Worth every penny. 1654 Route 212, Saugerties, NY 12477 // Phone: (845) 679-1223  

Where to Ride: Anywhere Seriously, it’s all pretty good. Start off with RT 28-A around Ahokan Reservoir just south of Woodstock in the park’s southeast corner. There are miles and miles of roads in the mountainous center of the park and RT-30 that traces along the Pepacton Reservoir is scenic, winding, and worth traveling to the opposite corner of the park for.