Sunday, July 16 — Niskayuna to Albany (28 miles)

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I have ridden this portion of the trail many times. After experiencing the muddy and gravelly conditions elsewhere, I’m greatful for the bike path pavement in Schenectady and Albany county.

It is a short ride today. Cohoes Falls and peobles island are the highlights.

I plan an early start and arrival at the Pump Station/ Albany visitors center between 9 and 9:30.

I feel better today than I do most days. A constant dose of exercise for a week made me even less symptomatic. I wish I could keep up this level of activity, but it is too time consuming.

Finish Line: Albany Visitors Center (25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207)


 Saturday, July 15 — Canajoharie to Niskayuna (45 miles)

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Ate dinner (Brooks bbq) at the Arkell museum. Breakfast at the school. Canajoharie HS has a graduation class of about 100 and one of the nicest schools I ever saw. Thank you Arkell family foundation The Arkells owned beachnut a former major employer of the town. 

The ride started with a 700 foot decent, then nice surface stone dust or paved path made a quick ride.  

Ran into Paul Tonko on the new pedestrian bridge over the Mohawk. 

Spent some time at the Maybe farm festival.


My bike sure needs a wash. 

My juggling impresses of people I met and things I saw was a hit at the closing talent show. 

Less than 30 miles to go tomorrow and most of that downhill. 

Tent City: Schenectady Jewish Community Center (2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309)


Friday, July 14 – Rome to Canajoharie (62 miles)

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Another day of mud and gravel. And head wind.

We were able to get an early start because of the hotel stay last night. No tent packing needed. We made an even quicker get away by skipping breakfast. We were on the road at 6:45 we wanted to get to Canajoharie in time to set up camp before the predicted rain.

I got a ride the last mile of the 62. It is up a very long and steep hill

I signed up for the no-talent talent show tomorrow night. I’m going to do a juggling interpretation of the things I sw and people I met

Tent City: Canajoharie High School (136 Scholastic Way, Canajoharie, NY 13317)


Thursday, July 13 – Syracuse to Rome (49 miles)

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I talked Mary Ellen for a while in the evening  she was admired my juggling so I offered to teach her. I learned she was widowed. She is in remission from stage three lymphoma and she used to twirl baton.  She left with the resolve to practice baton again. 

It rained pretty hard last night. The wind pulled out a stake holding the rain fly. Rain started blowing into the tent. I opened the tent flap, stuck my head out and staked it back down. 
More than half of the ride today was an rough gravel or mud or single track with mud. It took a lot of concentration just to stay upright. While navigating the muddy trail, with the canal on my right, I went on the grass between the single track and the canal to avoid the muddy ruts. I lost my balance, but caught myself before I almost fell into the canal. 

The forecast is for more rain. I treated myself to a hotel room with hot showers and real pillows 

Tent City: Fort Stanwix National Monument (100 North James Street, Rome, NY 13440)


Tuesday, July 11 – Fairport to Seneca Falls (51 miles)

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Thunder storms overnight got some of my stuff wet, but it stopped before morning and it is all dry now

half of the day’s ride was on canal trail and half on rural roads. Had to cross a few high speed roads.  “Only” 50 miles seems totally doable

saw the woman’s rights museum and dinner with my friends Miles, Fred and Barb

weather forecast tomorrow for thunderstorms  bringing rain gear

Tent City: Mynderse Academy (105 Troy Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148)