Rt 42 - Between Sparrow Bush and Monticello NY
If I was forced to choose one road that I had to ride for eternity - sort of like the movie Groundhog Day.. this would likely be it.
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I have been known to spend part of a day just riding this road, from one terminus at Sparrow Bush to the other at Monticello, or making it part of a loop using Rt 97 to Calicoon, then over 52 to Rt 17 and 17 back to the northern end of 42 at Monticello.
Many people find the section of 97 just to the east of Sparrow Bush to be a wonderful road - I find it less so since it is usually crowded with a semi-lethal combination of squids on sport bikes and sightseers in minivans. If I had that section all to myself - it would likely be a different story.
The great part about Rt 42 - it's actually fairly unknown except to a few riders who have been seduced by it's charms, and it gets very little traffic.
Consider if you will (Twilight-Zone music cue..) - a road with perfect pavement, well cut back shoulders (about 20-30 feet on each side, great for spotting Bambi), and a series of perfectly banked sweepers with a roller coaster contour. Each sweeper is a challenge to how well you can ride it and setup for the next one. Most of the ride will be through old timber forest, with one small lunch-stand that is worth stopping at for lunch (near the Sparrow Bush end.)
That's my favorite road. Lots of others were in contention, but this is the one I find I have to ride several times every riding season, even if it means going way out of my way to do so..
What's your favorite road?