What's up with Rockland Lake?

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I rode up to Rockland Lake today to do a few laps and was disappointed to find that they have covered the road with gravel. Anyone know if this is permanent? The only person that I could find working there was a clueless teenager taking the money. He said that he didn't know if it was a permanent arrangement but that the gravel was put down to slow down the car traffic.


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don montalvo (not verified)
bummer...that was my favorite...

...Long/slow day route when I was racing. The hill back was great. Spin in lowest gear to the top, then 53x16 all the way back. Still a good trip, can stop at haverstraw for fuel.

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B. Dale (not verified)

I called up there today and the woman that answered the phone said that the gravel is on the road in preparation for re-paving. It is not a permanent thing.

Anyway, no laps at Rockland on a road bike for a while. And use caution if you turn in there for a water refill. That gravel in the turn almost took me and my friend down.

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af (not verified)
That seems to be the method Rockland County uses

to repave all their secondary roads (i.e., put gravel on top and let cars push it down into the asphalt).

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Ted (not verified)
This is how you pave backroads on the cheap

"Thus the ""fresh tar"" signs all over. They coat the road with tar, pour gravel on top, and let the cars drive over it to pack it down. After a few weeks they usually run a sweeper over it to clean off what hasn't been packed in or blown off. What really stinks is if you hit the tar before they put on the gravel..."

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r (not verified)

it's called 'sealcoat', and it's going to be that way for a while till the cars pack it all down - in the end, it's like the Bradley and Tweed roads in the hills to the west of Nyack (those were sealcoated a few years ago).

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Richard Rosenthal (not verified)
Ditto on Rockleigh Rd. (or what becomes it) from 9W to NJ line.
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