Veteran financial executive Keefe Gorman serves as a managing director of investments at Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York. Outside of his work at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman enjoys mountain biking on nearby trails. One popular mountain biking destination in the area can be found at Shindagin Hollow State Forest in Caroline, about 10 miles east of Ithaca.
The 5,000-acre state forest has a multi-use trail system that is 20 miles long and is maintained by Cycle-CNY, the local section of the International Mountain Biking Association. The trails have some steep slopes and are mainly single-track, composed of dirt, shale rock, and roots. A number of the trail sections feature curbs and technical trail features developed specifically for mountain bikers.
The Outer Loop is 13 miles long, proceeding clockwise around the trail network system; it is deemed a challenging bike trail. Riding in wet weather conditions is highly inadvisable due to the steep slopes and high water table. This loop features outstanding descents and climbs as well as many of what are regarded as the best trails in the area.
Currently a manager director at Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York, Keefe Gorman spent his earlier years living, skiing, and traveling throughout South America. Although he visited Bolivia and Peru, Keefe Gorman spent most of his time on the continent in Chile, where he lived near Los Andes in the Andes Mountains.
Chile is a fascinating country that offers visitors great natural beauty, delicious cuisine, and a vibrant culture. When visiting the capital of Santiago, the peak of Cerro San Cristóbal is a great place for viewing the city and the Andes Mountains on a clear day. The hill is home to Santiago’s largest public park, Parque Metropolitano, which has a zoo, two swimming pools, and a botanical garden. Visitors to Cerro San Cristóbal can either hike or ride a cable car to the summit, where a church and a 72-foot statue of the Virgin Mary stand.
Although many travelers are unaware of it, Chile is home to a thriving wine industry; the country stands as the fifth largest exporter of wine in the world. Several distinct viticultural regions can be found along the coast, in the country's central valley, and in the Andes. Guided tours of wineries in these areas offer the opportunity to learn about the different varieties of grapes and winemaking techniques, while sampling the best vintages.
Another popular destination within Chile is Chiloé Island, located in the Los Lagos Region. Due to its physical isolation from the mainland, the island has a unique culture that manifests itself in architecture, food, and local customs. Chiloé is also home to several wooden churches, many of which were built by the Spanish and Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century.
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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