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Harlem Valley Rail Ride Set for July 22: Riders can choose from several route lengths, from 23, 33, 45, 57, 72 and 80 miles, to two different 100-mile routes, all along low-traffic country roads.

Jun 29, 2018 01:31AM

The Harlem Valley Rail Ride, which takes cyclists through a horse farm, a dairy farm and a car-free, six-mile section of abandoned railroad track, will be held July 22, beginning and ending at Eddie Collins Field in Millerton. Riders can choose from several route lengths, from 23, 33, 45, 57, 72 and 80 miles, to two different 100-mile routes, all along low-traffic country roads.

The day starts with a gastronomical breakfast, plus pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage and Irving Farms Coffee. It concludes with a country barbecue festival, featuring local sweet corn, hot dogs, bratwurst, sausage and peppers, hamburgers, veggie burgers, grilled chicken, salad and, for dessert, ice cream and watermelon triangles. Participants can get a free therapeutic massage after the ride, and the American Legion will be sponsoring a beer garden, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Fund.

The Town of Millerton, which was ranked as one of America's “10 Coolest Small Towns” by Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine, has given organizers of the Harlem Valley Rail Ride a permit for weekend camping and a shower truck in Eddie Collins Field. Riders should bring a swimsuit and towel, plus a change of clothes in a small bag. Event organizers will hold their bags during the ride, and will hand out free T-shirts to riders afterwards. The cost of registration is $90.

For more info, visit HarlemValleyRailRide.com.