To the editor:
I just wanted to give my support to a recreational trail from Old Forge to Lake Placid.
I rode bicycles cross-country with my family in 2010. It was in the top three of cool adventures I've ever done. We were only on bike trails a couple of times during the trip, but we really appreciated the quiet and absence of automobiles.
I think this trail would be very special and would get riders from all over the Northeast. I've heard that the Erie Canal bike trail is getting very popular, and I think this trail would get five times the riders. I can see many riders, having members start from both ends at the same time and then exchanging car keys in the middle so that they could ride the whole distance in a day.
We live close to the Warren County bicycle trail that goes from Glens Falls to Lake George. I would estimate that, between my wife and I, we use the bike trail at least 25 times per year - as far as the whole distance and back, about five times per year. We often run into neighbors and stop and chat.
I can think of three tourist trains in the "local" area. They are a great idea. We have ridden one of them, once. As great as they are, I don't think another one is needed.
I definitely would bicycle and cross-country ski this trail. It is an all-day distance, so I can see eating at a restaurant for dinner. If the expense wasn't too great, I think it should be paved. But even if it was only gravel, it would still be good; plus, it could always be paved at a later date. I think this corridor would make a great bike trail, and I think it would be great for the local economy.