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Old 07-16-09, 11:30 AM
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Finger lakes - please help with this route!

We're heading up to Ithaca on Saturday, and we'll spend 5 days riding around between Lakes Cayuga and Seneca. Does anyone have experience riding here?

The route is a pretty simple loop - we'll start in Ithaca, rolling along the shore of lake Cayuga, hang a left at the falls, continue south alongside Lake Seneca. I'm going to be lugging a trailer with camping gear for two, and Martha is a slowly improving novice at climbing, and I'm trying to avoid the worst of the hills in the area. (Interestingly, Bikely and Mapmyride disagree on elevation in this area.)

Here's the general idea:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...,1.016235&z=10

Since there's not much we're interested in seeing along the eastern shore of Lake Seneca south of Ovid, we're planning to turn back towards lake Cayuga there. I see two ways to do this: a hilly route through Sampson State Park (1500' of climbing) or a slightly less hilly route that goes through Seneca Army Depot (1000' of climbing).

Has anyone managed to ride through the Army depot without getting shot? Is the alternate route really as hilly as Bikely says it is? Should I route past Willard state Hospital, or is that a bad idea?

I appreciate any help anyone can provide. Thanks!
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Old 07-16-09, 05:46 PM
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We did tours in the Finger Lakes in 2007 and 2008. The journals are here.

In 2007 we did the bit from Ithaca up to Taughannock Falls. Along the lake it is rolly, but not too bad. We stayed at the state park there and the next day we cut across to Seneca. There is a steepish climb as you go east away from the lake. We went through Trumansburg, and headed east on Searsburg road. The central area between the lakes was rolly, but very scenic. As we approached Seneca there was a very steep downhill.

In 2007, and 2008 we did some riding at the northern ends of the Lake. Between Seneca Falls and Geneva is is mostly rolly. I don't know anything about the middle bit south of the line with Yale, MacDougal and Fayette. But north of that it's rolly and very scenic.

Good luck. We loved the Finger Lakes. It was a great place to tour!

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Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
Has anyone managed to ride through the Army depot without getting shot?
I found this article which would seem to indicate that the depot is not generally open to the public.

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Yeesh. I found this which indicates that the depot is still buttoned up and that getting shot might not be your only worry.

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I go through the area frequently to our cottage in Hammondsport (Keuka Lake). The depot hasn't been open in about 10 years IIRC. There used to be some Albino (white) deer inhabiting the base, so you might wish to keep your eyes peeled.
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Old 07-16-09, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
Since there's not much we're interested in seeing along the eastern shore of Lake Seneca south of Ovid, we're planning to turn back towards lake Cayuga there. I see two ways to do this: a hilly route through Sampson State Park (1500' of climbing) or a slightly less hilly route that goes through Seneca Army Depot (1000' of climbing).
Aha!! I've solved your problem. You've been bitten by a funny that occasionally crops up in the Bikely elevation profiles. One of your way points went in with an elevation of 0. That little dipsy doodle that goes down and then back up ain't real. You can download the points and see that YES! there it is:

<trkpt lat="42.71503" lon="-76.90226">
<ele>0</ele>

There is a point with exactly 0 m elevation. That would be a giant hole in that area. The lakes are at ~135m. Excluding that point, both routes have ~1000 feet of climbing.

Go without worries and enjoy.

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I really like the Finger Lakes. Can you tell?

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Thanks, Speedo. If 96A looks bikeable (it looks like it is), we'll take that out of Sampson State Park; that'll give us the opportunity to look for albino deer. I'll have my camera handy.
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