For some reason, putting a bike on a ferry makes me really happy. Even putting a car on a ferry is fun, but biking onto a ferry just always seems to make me smile.
Recently, my wife and I spent a long weekend in Burlington VT and I rode the Island Line Trail, an awesome trail that includes a ride on a causeway over the lake at the opening for Malletts Bay for several miles. Years ago a storm wiped out 200 feet or so of the causeway and a local bike organization Local Motion has been operating a bike ferry for many years. I’ve biked in/around Burlington a half dozen times over the past 20 years but this was the first time I was there when the ferry was operational.
Riding across the causeway with the view of the bay to the east, Lake Champlain and the NY mountains to the west, was a happiness sundae – the ferry rides were the whipped cream and cherry on the top.
On the 500 mile ride home to Maryland, we split the trip in two and stayed a night in Schenectady NY. I got ride 30 miles on the Erie Canal, doing a 15 mile out and back to the west – our Marriott Courtyard hotel on the Mohawk River was adjacent to a local trail that connected to the Erie Canalway Trail.
At home I do a lot of riding on the North Central Rail Rail, C&O Canal Towpath and the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Trail. In many spots there are preserved railroad signs and the like. Preserved stone mile markers like this one always make me smile – my GPS files from 15 years ago are useless, this navigation aid still works 200 years later! This is the view heading SE on the trail, I assume it was 163 miles to New York City. The other side was 63, the mileage to Utica or Rome NY to the NW.