Well, 30 miles along the canal anyway. I left the house about 08:00a.m. in bright sunshine and started the slow gradual climb from the shores of Lake Ontario up to the Erie Canal. I usually get onto the Towpath at a spot about six miles from my house but chose to try a different approach to detour the construction on a Boat Launch at Henpeck Park (really, that’s the name…I’m not clever enough to make this stuff up). So I took eleven miles to reach the canal, all up a gradual grade and into a stiff headwind. I believe I’ll take the same route in the future as it’s a very pleasant residential type of route with little traffic.
Below is a picture of U.S. rt. 104, or West Ridge Rd. for any Monroe county readers. The beautification project looks to be working. Very seldom do I venture across this road as it is quite congested and there’s plenty of good riding on the north side of it where I live.
I got onto the Towpath at Greece Canal Park which is a large lush and really nice park that I definately need to explore some more. The canal is up there by the railing.
Here’s a shot of the Towpath
And here’s another, it goes on like this for miles and miles. I headed west, again...into the wind.
The canal goes through a lot of nice little communities, most of which owe their very existence to and can trace their roots back to the old canal days.
Here’s a pic of the Adam’s Basin lift bridge. Now there’s a nice summer job.
Here’s the Adam’s Basin Inn, a nice B&B.
As I rode along the cinder path I passed through the bustling villages of Spencerport, and Brockport and chatted with several hikers and bikers. Here’s Brockport….I've always been fond of that Ivory Soap advert.
I turned around at the Town of Clarkson Boat Launch, pictured below,
And with the help of the wind that had been my foe for the previous twenty plus miles, I felt like I was flying all the way back to my house.
Total miles…..58.32 (1.32 more than my age)
I took the family out to dinner in the evening to celebrate my Birthday in a manner that they too could enjoy and I had Pizza which I hope qualifies as pie.