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Old 09-26-2019, 03:42 PM   #1
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Lake Placid -to- NYC Port Authority Bus?

Anyone ever take that bus trip? Apparently 8 hours but only $70; Amtrak is $90 but takes almost 10 hours. I think my wife would be OK to drop me off at the Northville trailhead. I figured I could take this bus + NJ Transit to Trenton NJ that gets me very close to home. Just looking for any insights. Thanks.
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:52 PM   #2
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I assume you're referring to the Trailways bus? When I lived in Saranac Lake, a close friend of mine used to take it to and from Albany to visit every once in a while. She never complained- actually seemed to enjoy the ride. She said that there was WiFi on the bus, and most of the stops are at gas stations/convenience stores along the way so you can hop off and get snacks/drinks as needed.

I might suggest that after thru-hiking the NPT, you might look into finding someplace to shower and change your clothes before getting on the bus, though.
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:56 PM   #3
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I might suggest that after thru-hiking the NPT, you might look into finding someplace to shower and change your clothes before getting on the bus, though.
Hah. noooo... I figured it would be my force field to keep the seats open around me!

I'll figure out a shower/clean up prior to the bus ride. Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-27-2019, 08:55 AM   #4
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I take that bus trip about once a year and it's not too bad. There are a few stops to buy snacks and stretch your legs. The bus often runs late, but I would still show up a few minutes early just in case it's on time for once.

You may already know this but there is no longer a connecting shuttle service between Lake Placid and the Amtrak station at Westport. Instead, you'd take the Trailways bus from Lake Placid and change to the train in Saratoga Springs.

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Old 09-27-2019, 09:23 AM   #5
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Interesting and creative logistics for an N-P thru hike. Today, many may not realize that Northville and Lake Placid were chosen at the two end points because in 1922 both towns had passenger rail service. Northville's didn't survive many year after because of the building of Great Sacandaga Lake. Despite many requests by the New York Central Railroad to discontinue that service, Lake Placid's service limped on until 1965.
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