By Harold Pier, link to original post
Spring will officially arrive this Tuesday and although skiing fanatics might still find patches of snow up north, the skiing and snowshoeing season is about to end, meaning that hiking, biking and kayaking are about to begin. Although the roads have not yet been swept and it is still a bit chilly, a few restless Tramp and Trail members have already attempted some informal bike rides. Our first scheduled weekend ride will take place on April 29 on the Tow Path of the Black River Canal at Irwin Park in Boonville. Hybrid or mountain bikes are recommended for this adventure. Most of us prefer road bikes on paved roads and the first of these scheduled rides will be in the on the Chenango River Trail in Binghamton, NY May 5. You can check out our web site at http://www.trampntrail.org for more details.
On a less formal basis we usually have two bike rides during the week, with the itineraries being announced by email. On Wednesdays a group calling itself 911 takes moderate rides of about 30 miles. When I say moderate I mean that our average speed is usually somewhere around ten or eleven miles per hour but that you can count on some ups and downs. Another group, called the Shorties, bikes for shorter distances with more frequent stops to rest and view the scenery. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for either of these groups contact Harold Pier. Helmets are a must on all trips.