In response to Graham's Suggestion, I took some photo's of my ride today. So the following are photos of what it's like to ride "somewhere upstate" during February.
Personally, I love the riding out here, and I hope that from the photo's you'll see the appeal of beautiful Schenectady.
I started in the Stockade and then headed out of Schenectady to Scotia on Route 5.
Below is a Bridge over the Mohawk River back to route 890 from Route 5.
From Route 5 I took a right on Washout Road. Here's the view at the Bottom:
About Midway up Washout Road you pass a Farm.
Then After I finished Washout Road I took a left on Ridge Road, which has a cool descent:
From Ridge Road I headed into the Hamlet of West Glenville, then took a right on North Road:
From North Road I took 147 for a bit then went down Eastern Ave, past some farms
Then I headed back to school through Scotia, it's a bit busy with traffic so I opted not to take the camera out again.