Welcome to the community, Bruce! One question though, and I am not trying to be rude, but where is Berne?
Berne is about 20 miles southwest from Albany. It is in the Helderberg mountains, which are part of the Apalachins.The cornerstone of the Lutheran church located in Berne says that it is 1,500 feet above sea level. Since the Hudson River still shows a rise and fall with the tides of the Atlantic Ocean, that gives you some idea of how rapidly the elevation increases as you travel from Albany to Berne.