Ride Day 5, Thursday 8/24
Out-and-Back routes from Saranac Lake
GET WILD IN THE OLYMPIC REGION
Day 5 is all about options…on the bike and off the bike, passive and active. We have two relatively short rides planned for today, one to visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the other to enjoy Lake Placid, New York’s Olympic Village. We are in the mountains now so whichever ride you choose you will encounter some terrain change. But the distances are shorter so the overall amount of ascent is less and the Lake Placid route is the flatter of the two. Of course, if you’re a real animal you could always ride them both and make this a solid 65-mile day (just sayin’). But if you’re like most of the rest of us, today will be a day for relaxation and exploration. There is so much to see and do here that we’ll save the details for when you arrive. But regardless of your interests, it can all be found in the Tri-Lakes Region. This is a truly unique and authentic place…today is the day to take it all in!
Please be aware that routes are subject to change and that digital downloads are meant to supplement pavement markings and cue sheets. If you’re planning to download routes to your mobile device you’ll want to wait until August 1st to ensure you have the most current daily routes.
SHORT ROUTE to Olympic venues and the Village of Lake Placid
LONG ROUTE to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake
Some other things to do in the Tri-Lakes Region…
Explore the Lakes
Saranac Lake is home to some of the most incredible canoeing and kayaking in the Adirondacks. It’s also home to some fantastic local outfitters who know the water well. If you want to get out on the water, call Adirondack Lakes and Trails or St. Regis Canoe Outfitters.
Hike Mt. Baker
Saranac Lake boasts six of some of the most incredible and accessible day hikes. Locally, their called the Saranac Lake 6ers. Start your quest to conquer them all by scrambling up Mt. Baker, just a short walk from Cycle Adirondacks Camp.
Historic Saranac Lake
Find an intriguing look into the storied history of Saranac Lake at the Saranac Laboratory Museum in Downtown Saranac Lake. It’s open Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 – 4:00. Admission is $5. Visitors typically spend 30 minutes to one hour exploring the museum.
Ride the Adirondack Carousel
In 1999-2000, local Saranac Lake wood carver Karen Loffler, while working on a master’s degree in creative studies, came across an article in a woodcarving magazine that showed a small children’s carousel fitted with woodland animals. The combination of a creative approach to problem solving, her love of woodcarving, and a desire to foster imagination and strengthen her local community, inspired Karen’s dream. The result: the Adirondack Carousel is now complete in Saranac Lake with hand-carved figures of animals indigenous to the Adirondacks.
Take an Art Walk
All summer, Saranac Lake hosts Third Thursday Art Walks Lucky for us, August 24 is the “Third Thursday” of the month. From 5-7:30 p.m., head to Downtown Saranac Lake where the visual, literary, and performing arts are on display in a family-friendly atmosphere across the sidewalks and numerous galleries spread throughout the village.
The Wild Center
We’ve been fortunate enough to have route stops at The Wild Center in both 2015 and 2016, but we’re upping our game in 2017 by marking a route directly to this incredible Adirondack Natural History museum on Thursday, Aug. 24th.
Ride Day 6, Friday 8/25
Point-to-Point ride to Schroon Lake
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Some tours treat the final day as just a way to get “back to the start”…not Cycle Adirondacks. We’ve saved some of the best riding for last because we want your final day on the bike to be as memorable and enjoyable as the others. As we ride back through Lake Placid you’ll get a chance to see (and visit if you choose) some of the Olympic venues where history has been made. If you haven’t seen the Nordic ski jumps in person you will leave this year’s tour with a new-found respect for those men and women who hurl themselves through the air. The ride from Lake Placid into the Town of Keene affords some of the most stunning views of the Great Range, which provide a backdrop to pristine alpine lakes and rivers. This is what makes this area so popular for bicyclists, rock climbers and hikers. The terrain is also what makes this 10-mile stretch of road an area to use a little extra caution. The views are intriguing and not to be missed. It’s good to take advantage of the trailhead parking areas and designated scenic overlooks to capture your memories. And remember that our friends Evan and Hilary from Pure Adirondacks will be with us along the way in case you miss one. Once we pass the 20-mile mark, the climbing is mostly over. There is one short hill outside of Keene Valley but that’s pretty much it. And then the last 25 miles is nearly all downhill (why not end the week that way? You’ve earned it!). What a week this has been. Thanks for riding with us, we hope to see you again in 2018!
Some other things to do in Schroon Lake…
If you’re driving to Cycle Adirondacks camp by traveling north on Route 87, be sure get get off at Exit 27 in order to stop at Paradox Brewery on the way. Founded in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains where the air is crisp, the water is pure and people take the time to do things the right way. Whether that’s building the perfect campfire, relaxing after a ride, or crafting beer that captures what it means to be in the ADKs. There are no shortcuts when brewing Pure Adirondack Beer.
Rent a Boat
If you have some time to get out on the water on the front or back end of Cycle Adirondacks, Schroon Lake Marina is the place. Pontoons, ski boats, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, they’ve got ’em.
Seagle Music Colony
As an organization with a rich 100-year history, Seagle Music Colony is the oldest and one of the most prestigious summer vocal training programs in the United States. They also offer a robust professional theater company in the summer months and August 19 – Cycle Adirondacks Arrival Day – just happens to be the last evening for My Fair Lady. And since your vehicle will still be close by, you might want to catch the show.
Feel like catching a movie in a historic theatre? The Strand in Schroon Lake is the place to grab some popcorn and take in a little history at the same time. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. nightly