Saturday, May 19, 2012:
Yep, that's all that the AT did for me today - cross roads. No vistas, no unusual trail, just woods hiking through rocky glacier-shaped landscape that was riddled with roads.
South to north this section starts at the NY 403/US 9 crossing, crosses three roads that seem to be associated with the Graymoor Franciscan monastery complex, then climbs a rocky hill and descends to cross the Old Albany Post road (a dirt road) where it intersects with a surprisingly busy dead end dirt road called Chapman Road. Next comes Canopus Hill Road, then South Highlands Road, and finally I turned around where the AT crosses Dennytown Road at a nice spacious parking lot.
That's it. That was the main business of the day. But I also had to go back and hike the Trailside Zoo at Bear Mountain again, because it was closed yesterday evening when I tried to make my return trip through it. This time I was able to hike it both ways, which is mandatory for me. Yesterday I had to take the Blue Blazed bypass trail on the way back south. Today I took my time and enjoyed the views from a couple of side trails. This view of the Bear Mountain Bridge and Anthony's Nose is about the only photo I took today worthy of publishing:
Here's today's track, which looks like a mess because I had to go back to Bear Mountain. The software that EveryTrail uses connects the GPS points whether it's a good idea to connect them or not. I have no control over it, unfortunately. Also included is a link to their site, where I've uploaded many more photos.
AT Day 126 - Graymoor at EveryTrail
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