Shindagin Loop –21
The ride winds south through the beautiful White Church Valley to Wilseyville, then turns back north along Prospect Valley to Shindagin Hollow. The road turns gravel for a while, passing through the hollow and ascending to a bit of elevation — from which we get the great descent back down to Brooktondale for the finish. Just 21 miles with about a 1,000′ of climb. A stop at Brockton’s Market is a must!
East Hill to Yaple — 33
This ride leaves East Hill Plaza (map) toward Slaterville and Carolline, then swings over Yaple to Old 76 for the delightful descent to Brooktondale and the famous Brookton’s Market. The ride concludes with an exhilarating climb over Snyder Hill back to EHP.
Salmon Creek/Indian Fields Loop — 34
This lovely rural ride follows Salmon Creek north from Ludlowville Falls onto Indian Fields Road. It is a fairly flat ride with a very gradual climb on the way out, lovely scenery and vistas and very little automotive traffic. There are no towns or food en route.
Grisamore — 34
The principal food option along this route is Linda’s Diner (Sat. 6AM – 2PM, Sun. 7AM – 2PM) on NY 34 at Locke Rd.
T-Burg to Cayuta Lake Loop — 37
Speedsville to Greenwood Park – 37
This is a loop of about 40 miles with the park as a destination. The original purpose of this route was as a Day One of a weekend bike tour — Greenwood Park is a lovely place to camp, with swimming as well as the usual showers and campsites. Using this as a ride on its own, you might want to consider which direction to take it in — whether to have the flat miles at the beginning or end. In either case, though, you should plan to stop at the park, a little jewel in the eastern hills.
Groton — 38
Bun Appetite Bakery in Groton for food: Mon: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm, Tue: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm, Wed-Fri: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, Sat: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sun: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Taughannock to Conn Hill — 40
Starting in Trumansburg, this ride passes by the upper part of Robert Treman State Park via Connecticut Hill. This ride has quite a bit of climbing. However, there are lots of gorgeous views and beautiful descents to compensate for the work.
King Ferry — 43
Treleaven Winery is the only place for food and drink on this route!
Homer to Otisco Lake – 46
Going around Otisco Lake would be a rather short ride since the lake is actually only about six miles long. However, the ridge to the west of the lake as well as the lake valley is exceptionally beautiful and make for much more of a ride. By beginning in Homer, we are warmed up on the flats before beginning the gentle climb to the head of the lake.
Meet in Homer at the Homer Junior High School, 58 Clinton St., Homer, NY on NY 41 just off NY 281.
There are no stores to buy food or drink on the west side of the lake. On Otisco Valley Rd there is a bar in Amber and a store serving a marina a bit south of that. Best to bring what you need on this ride.
Texas Hollow — 46
This ride features the lovely stretch of pretty good gravel road along Texas Hollow State Forest just north of Odessa. Odessa marks the midpoint, where you can resupply food and water.
Michigan Hill – 49
The birthplace of John D Rockefeller is a quarter mile down Rockefeller Road, which is off Michigan Hill Road.
Brooktondale-Freeville Ramble — 49
Some lesser known roads, with a stop at Brookton’s Market for a snack. The one big climb up Ringwood is rewarded with an exhilarating long downhill to Rt 13. Portion on Rt 13 has wide shoulder and is short. An ice cream stop is an option at Toads2 in Freeville before a meandering return ride through Lansing.
T-burg Ramble — 50
Rambling route through the rolling countryside around Trumansburg, with an ice cream stop at Cayuga Creamery. Yum!
Bikes & Brew — 51
This ride starts and ends at Rogues’ Harbor where one can have a drink and get something to eat.
Taylor Valley – 54
Start from the Friendly’s Restaurant in the shopping center next to Interstate 81, NY 13 exit in Cortland.
Alternatives — From Marathon, an alternative with a bit more climbing is to work over to NY 215 via Muckey Rd. At US 11, go straight ahead on 221 across the bridge and tracks to Tannery St. Take a right for 1.1 mi. up to Highland Rd; take a right for 1.9 miles to Muckey Rd. Go right for 2.4 miles to NY 215. Take a left and resume the above route.
The climbing through Virgil can be avoided by taking US11 all the way to Cortland. This shortens the trip by 5 miles.
Cayuta Lake Plus – 57
This ride includes one very steep, short climb, from Odessa to the ridge of county road 7, Lower Footes Rd. One can easily walk it.
The ride can be shortened at several points:
Turn north at mile 22 (where CR 6 T’s into CR 10 at the cemetery) and return via NY 228 to retrace the outbound route.
Return from Odessa (at mile 24, after lunch) via NY 228, retracing the outbound route.
Turn east on NY 79 (mile 31) and return via NY 227 to Perry City; right on NY 228 to first left; retrace outbound route.
Two Lakes and a BBQ – 60
It’s a very beautiful 60-mile ride through lightly traveled roads near Otisco and Skaneateles Lakes with 3,207 feet of climbing. Start just north of Bob’s BBQ at 5290 NYS Route 281, Homer, NY.
Lake Como — 63
This ride passes through some beautiful rolling-to-hilly scenery on the way to Lake Como — which is not like the one in Italy! The aptly named Long Hill Rd, after Moravia, gains about 500 feet in a mile or so and then continues more gently.
Take 38 south from Moravia to Locke, to avoid the climb and shorten the route. From Locke there are two options.
Montezuma-Chimney Bluffs SP – 63
Start: Tschache Pool observation point
Parking at start of ride
This is a new ride to get Finger Lakes riders up to the shores of Lake Ontario. The start is just 2.9 miles north of US 20 at the Tschache Pool observation tower, a place where you can watch the huge number of birds inhabiting the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve. There is plenty of room to park and a rest room. The ride takes county roads north to Chimney Bluffs State Park, where you can jump off the end of the lake-eroded pavement to the beach and have a look at the bluffs.
At 1766 feet, this route has about half the climbing of a typical FLCC 60-miler, but that doesn’t necessarily make it an easy ride — the constant little rises and dips can wear you down. Fortunately, there are lots of places to get supplies along the way.