16 posts tagged Erie Canal

Bikes on Amtrak

Would you take your bike on the train if it was easier to do so? Does the idea of boxing up your bike cause you to think of driving to your destination instead? For today's podcast I'm joined by Champe Burnley, President of the Virginia Bicycling Federation, Kerry Irons with the Adventure Cycling Association and Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bike Coalition. This subject came to the forefront recently as the Amtrak Surfliner in Southern California changed its bike ... Continue Reading

Styrofoam and Road Kill

There were a few things I wasn't prepared for on last week's 10-day Erie Canal ride. My riding companion Kent and I prepared for months; we'd shipped our bikes ahead and carefully packed only the essentials. We were ready for whatever this journey would throw at us — except the ubiquitous Styrofoam and road kill. "Do you get other aging hippies who complain about the Styrofoam?" At first I wasn't sure she understood what I was saying; later I would attribute her delay in responding ... Continue Reading

Erie Canal Post-Mortem

Just a few days ago Kent received an email from someone who did the Erie Canal ride a year ago; he wanted to know of the details, a post-mortem of our 426 mile ride. On the flight home I made some notes. I'll enjoy preserving these, sometimes quirky, notes of our trip — an after-action report of sorts. First, let's get biological: we were traveling in the middle of nowhere much of the time, so there were no bathrooms. We quickly adapted, finding a tree to hide behind, but this habit ... Continue Reading

Glad It Was You

KC writes: I really enjoyed reading about your trip along the Erie canal. You guys faced some pretty harrowing circumstances and lived to tell the tale. I have to say that on the front end of your trip I was jealous for the adventure, however, I am glad it was you and not me on those final two days. Great stories. Continue Reading

Kent’s Wrap-Up

I asked Kent for his final thoughts on the ride: The change in my body around day 4 was notable, vis a vie aches and pains. They virtually disappeared, although the tuchus (Yiddish for rear-end) was an issue off and on throughout the ride (even with a seat change), my back, neck and shoulders settled down comfortably. Synthetic clothing and its drying properties quickly showed their attributes, whereby sink washing at day’s end always resulted in dry, clean clothes in the morning. My ... Continue Reading

The Traumatic End of an Epic Adventure

We had a short ride to Albany, a victory lap is what I'm thinking, but that's not how things turned out. Instead we'd have our most challenging day of the trip — and more mud! Our departure from Schenectady was optimistic; it was overcast, but rain seemed unlikely. This was a great relief, of course, as the forecast had predicted rain for days. We found our way to the trail which would be paved all the way to Albany. How sweet. Our route took us through affluent neighborhoods. ... Continue Reading