Day 21 – New York Mills, NY to Amsterdam, NY – 72 miles

The day went pretty well today.

The first part of the day was a little tricky. Biking through Utica (just east of New York Mills) is terrible. No bike lanes and limited sidewalks combined with a substantial detour made it a rather unenjoyable city.

It started getting hilly just before Little Falls. I could definitely tell I’m brushing the southern Adirondack mountains. In Little Falls, the Erie Canal Trail continues east. I followed it through the Mohawk Valley.

Another great people experience occurred today in St. Johnsville. I stopped at a hot dog stand outside of a store on main street. The guy running the stand ended up giving me the food for free.

We talked for a few minutes after eating and I thanked him for the food.

I followed the canal trail all of the way to Amsterdam.

1,503 miles on the odometer for the trip. It is going quick!

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One of the climbs today
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Beautiful historical site along the trail

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Flowers along the trail

Day 20 – Auburn, NY to New York Mills, NY – 84 miles

I am very grateful for the stay in Auburn. It rained last night and I would’ve been in it if I didn’t have hosts.

The canal trail has been calling my name since I left it to get to Geneva and Seneca Falls. Knowing that it was flat biking gave good reason to use the trail, so I headed north out of Auburn and picked up the trail in Weedsport.

The canal trail continued until Syracuse. Against my better judgment, I biked through the middle of Syracuse. It wasn’t too bad. There was a ton of construction downtown, but that almost made it easier on a bike because of the constrained and slower traffic. On the east side of the city, a bike lane appeared and I followed that out of Syracuse.

Intermittent drizzle throughout the day and high humidity made the biking less enjoyable. But hey, I am traveling and seeing the world – I wouldn’t rather be doing anything else.

While biking the canal trail in the evening, a large snapping turtle decided to camp out right in the middle of the path.

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I had to plow through the tall grass to get around it.

I continued biking through the drizzle all the way to New York Mills.

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A section of the Old Erie Canal Trail
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Old bridge over Old Erie Canal

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Day 17 – Niagara Falls, ON to Holley, NY – 76 miles

Had to say good bye to the falls this morning, and by doing that I also said good bye to Canada.  It has been a great three days in Ontario.

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New York side of the falls

While on a pier overlooking the skyline of Niagara Falls, I decided to check the amount of tread left on my back tire.  Good thing I did because it didn’t have many miles left.  It was no surprise to me.  I knew all along that I would need to replace that tire.  I put on over 1,000 miles on that tire before this tour even started.

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After the bike shop in Tonawanda, I ate at one of the awesome canalside vendors.

It was all designated bike route to Lockport from Tonawanda – meaning wide and smooth shoulder on the road.  In Lockport, I said good bye to the roads and said hello to the Erie Canal Heritage Trail.  This path follows right alongside the Erie Canal and goes from Lockport all of the way to Albany in the other side of New York.  Essentially, this path takes you across the entire state of New York.

The trail is awesome.

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I saw deer, fox, beaver, ducks, fish, turtles, and many geese that hiss at you if you get too close.

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The trail traverses areas of woods, farmlands, and prairies between the elegant canal towns.

In Holley here, I’m set up at a park next to the canal.  It has shower facilities – usually for people who dock their boats here – but the bridge operator (who lifts the drawbridge when boaters call ahead) gave me the code for the showers and I made good use of it.

There were a few decent pictures today.

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