Rocky Peak Ridge is highly recommended. Did this in the reverse direction two summers ago. Bring lots of water. Trip report <a href="http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/584230/A-Cautionary-Tale-of-Hiking-with-Your-Older-Dog-Rocky-Peak-Ridge-Traverse.html">here</a>.
nothing in new Russia last time i checked, population is somewhere around 100 from what i hear, not that its all that far of a drive from Keene valley or Keene NY (the genral store in Keene has very good ice cream!!!!!!) got to be a few motels their, and theirs always the hart lake lodge, about 35 miles from new russia, afordable rates