The Taconic State Parkway...that windy ribbon of 4 lane goodness that flows over hill and dale as you travel south towards NYC...is quite picturesque. The scenery is, for the most part, unmolested by human hands and the wildlife is abundant. The downside, of course, is that wildlife is abundant...DEER!...and lots of them. You're lucky if you only hit one...some folks have been known to hit an entire herd. Couple that with no breakdown lanes, no lighting, and the typical New Yorker's propensity to travel at ridiculous rates of speed and the resulting carnage can be found all along the roadside. However, we were fortunate in that we only encountered a flock of turkeys on the way south. We got off at Rhinebeck and started wandering in a south-westerly direction. For the next hour, I had no idea where we were going. The route was what I would describe as "unintentionally circuitous". I finally started to recognize some landmarks in Port Jervis and I came to believe that the intent was to ride the Delaware River Scenic Byway. That would be OK with me. I like that road. I once paddled a canoe 50 miles on that section of river and riding along the banks is very nostalgic for me.