S: Erie Canal Tour 2012
FC: Erie Canal Tour 2012
1: The Gray Haired Band rides again: Lockport to Brockport 47 miles 9/14 Brockport to Newark, NY 55 miles 9/15 E. Syracuse to Utica 53 miles 9/16 Ralph Otis, Jim Lintz, Mark Ellis Creator and supporter Jen Otis
2: Thursday the 13th, we headed up to Greece, NY | Went to Zebb's for a drink then decided on Famous Dave's for diner | Ralph and Jen headed back to Zebb's to watch the game till half time. | Green Bay took Chicago by 26-10 at half time 13 -0 Good omen to start our ride!
3: In the morning we headed to Lockport N,Y. to begin our ride. The town impressed us, in that it looked well cared for, and welcoming to tourist. | Day 1
5: Lockport, NY Mile 0
7: Servoss - Hagood House 1833 | A fine example of creek revival architecture. the Servoss - Hagood House is further distinguished by its plank-on-plank construction. The home was built by Erie barge canal workers, even as the canal, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie was excavated
8: Saw our first Lift bridge in Gasport N,Y.
10: Watching a fire pump test
11: This was a nice little maria outside of Lockport. We played cat and mouse with these boats for the next two days.
12: This bridge operator was nice enough to give us a "class trip" tour of his job. Lived on the canal his whole life. Operates two bridges. 10 minutes by car, 1/2 hour by boat. Does the boat look familiar?
13: Medina N.Y. Time for lunch. While Jen was waiting for us, a kitten was doing everything it could to try to get Jen to take it home. | The Big Apple is really in Medina NY!
14: Jen discovered this gem on just off the trail in Medina
15: Above is one of the many gate valves used to control water level for repairs or to drain a part of the canal. | One of the many boat ramps above shows how they encourage the canal use. On the right is the ballast to operate the gate valve.
16: Photo on the left shows the road, above center going under the canal. Clearance was only 7' 6". This guy tried to get a fork lift under and had to turn around.
17: Of course Jim had to inspect the apples to make sure NY apples were good.
18: We finished Day I in Brockport, NY We passed a flag pole that was so solid, we figured it must be an antenna or something, so Mark wanted to ride 1/4 mile to just to check it out. Just a flag pole in a field.
20: Day II Brockport to Newark, NY
21: Our buddies with the boats are sleeping in.
23: Lock 33 Henrietta NY
24: This house had a 4 hole golf course as a back yard. Nice!
25: Approaching Rochester, we crossed the Genesee River. Google aerial shot showed a day when the river was muddy, and the canal coming from Lockport was clean. Then mixing with Genesee.
30: Village of Pittsford | This town seemed like a nice tourist place to shop. If we had a credit card on us, we would have looked around more.
32: This operator was like the bridge operator, happy and proud to show us everything. They do most of the maintenance themselves, in-between vessels. Amazing the switch gear is operational and looks this good. | We were lucky to see the lock in action!
34: First erected in 1858, the Aldrich Towing Path Change Bridge is the oldest iron bridge in New York State and one of only two bridges known to survive from the first enlargement of the Erie Canal.
35: Mud Creek Aqueduct Palmyra, N.Y.
36: Mud Creek Aqueduct Found it fascinating that this was turned on or off in seconds, when the valve was turned for the lock.
37: Note the photo on the right in the left corner, the falls are shut off just seconds later from the above photo.
39: Day III | E. Syracuse to Utica, NY Day started with Jim's creative solution to fashion eye shades from hotel postcards. They worked great heading East into the sun and actually, lasted all day. | Had a nice breakfast in the hotel.
40: Morning mist | Ran into about a 100 joggers doing a run sponsored by Fleet Feet. Otherwise we saw little few people on journey.
41: Remains of an old aqueduct near Fayetteville NY | Chittenango Museum Note the canal barge that was cut-away to show it's construction and kept under a roof.
42: This used to be the First Methodist Epsicopal Church 1833 - 1909 now it is a banquet facility. Looked very cool.
43: Pit stop! Ralph picked up a stone in his tire.
44: The "ghost town" Unfortunately, the business enterprise was unsuccessful. Not sure if this is because this was the old part of the canal that was allowed to go dry. Looked like the were doing a "Smithville" type village. Found it interesting and sad.
45: It also had a "Rome" sports hall of fame, which we found very humorous. | Went on-line and found a review only 3 months old. Saying it was in dis-repair, old smells, signs on some buildings saying it was unsafe. Looked like a ghost town to us. Surprised it was used at all this season!
46: Quick stop for lunch as the trail ended. we picked it up a few miles down the road after lunch.
48: One last lock for us. This one did not look like it was used or maintained. Not even sure what number it was looking at the sign. It was in-between 19 & 20!
49: End of the ride as we all come in to meet Jen. | Many thanks to Jen & Ralph. Jen did an awesome job as usual researching this trail and setting it all up. It was amazing how she would tell us the trail in the next mile is very questionable and sure enough it look like it disappeared into some little path that looked like just the neighbor kids used.