Erie Canal – One Last Great Outdoors Post

I’m going to try to sneak in one last Great Outdoors post. Hopefully the Czars will allow it, since these photos are actually from a ride I did on June 29th and 30th. I decided earlier this week that I needed a little bit of a getaway road trip, so I headed on over to neighboring New York to sample just a little bit of the Erie Canal Trail. I drove over to Amsterdam Wednesday morning, then spent the afternoon biking a section of the trail from Amsterdam to Fultonville. I then stayed in Amsterdam overnight, enjoyed a great Italian dinner at Lorenzo’s by the way, then drove a little further west the next morning and biked the section from Canajoharie to Fultonville.

The Erie Canal Trail is actually part of the Empire State Trail system, which stretches across width of the state, and also north to south along the eastern edge of NY
Remnants of an old lock
Nice little picnic spot right on the canal, which is actually the Mohawk River in this section
More picnic area
Downtown Canajoharie. This is actually less than ten miles from the farm where I grew up, and was the nearest “big” town
Nice little park in Canajoharie, right on the trail
Lock over on the other side

All in all, a fun little overnight trip.

Retired guy who likes to ride his bike in Vermont.

6 response to "Erie Canal – One Last Great Outdoors Post"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 2, 2022

    That was a great overnight trip.
    Scenic and mostly level riding I assume.
    Ive followed others journals who did the Erie Canal and it looks like a great time from one end to the other.
    The Erie Canal opened the Great Lakes to the east coast and one result is Illinois got Chicago — uhhhhh Thanks??? JK!!!!!
    Glad you had a good get away!
    Enjoyed the photos — not sure I understand the superstructure at the lock.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: July 2, 2022

    So don’t quote me on this, since I’m not sure this is correct, but I think those gates that you see on the bottom with water spilling over are moveable. I think the superstructure above supports the mechanisms to raise or lower the gates as the water level changes over time. It was a fun little trip. It definitely whetted my appetite for doing an end to end trip sometime.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: July 2, 2022

    Beautiful trip Bob. I am feeling a bit envious of and overnight somewhere with a bike each day to a next town! Nice photos for sure.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: July 3, 2022

      Thanks Nancy. Always fun to get away, even if it’s just for one night.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: July 3, 2022

    Glad to see you got out for that ride. I rode quite a bit of the Erie Canal Trail–including the Canajoharie to Amsterdam section–on one of my first bike tours. I remember being surprised at how big the Mohawk River was, though I don’t know why I should have been surprised. I also remember being surprised at how bike friendly New York was in general.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: July 3, 2022

      I thought of you on the second day of riding, since the trail consisted of mostly a green tunnel. I imagined you complaining about the view blockers. Of course, there was also the ever present noise of the New York State Thruway just off to one side. Still an enjoyable ride though. I agree about New York being bike friendly. I love my current home state, but the bike infrastructure is definitely better in NY.

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