Words and Photos by Donalrey Nieva
It's been a while since I've done a multi day bike camping trip. A few emails between my good buddies/teammate, Seth and Dave, and we were off on a nice long weekend adventure. The plan was to make our way to Connecticut and over to Massachusetts. Seth had researched a nice shelter along the Appalachian Trail a top Mount Everett that seemed like a perfect spot set up camp.
Seth picked me up at work Friday evening and we hustled through 60 miles to Cold Springs where we had planned to meet Dave. We made good timing and arrived just as soon as the train arrived. A quick stop to the deli to pick up some dinner and drinks and we headed down a trail not too far from the town. A few miles on the trail and we found a nice spot to set up camp. It was a little wet as it had rained a few hours before but the spot was just perfect. Some drinks were had over a small enough camp fire to end the night.
The following morning started with coffee as always. We weren't too far from town so we decided to head back for breakfast. Back in town, we somehow convinced Alex to join on us for the rest of the trip. Now four strong we made our way to Mount Everett. We rode through the most beautiful country roads and dirt roads in and around NY, CT, and MA. We found the shelter which was occupied by a couple of through hikers doing the whole length of the Appalachian Trail. We had a few drinks and dinner over the camp fire and traded our tents for the shelter. The best choice as it had started to pour during the night.
We waited for the rain to stop in the morning. A beautiful descent down Everett back onto NY roads and we reached the small town of Millerton to take in some lunch. A quick stop to the beer store after and we were sharing drinks stories on the train on our way back to New York City. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.