The Erie Canal Trailway System

We wound our way up and through the mountains of Vermont through Killington and several other ski areas before settling in our Elks Lodge in Nelliston, New York. Ski areas=slow going for the bus but we made it in a long day.

Sometimes it happens that the last 10 or 15 miles are the most eventful and this proved true here. As we made our way to Nelliston/Canajoharie and Ft. Plain area, we saw a cloud of smoke in the distance. Google Maps said there was an accident causing delays. But it wasn’t an accident; it was a full blown smoke and flame fire that had erupted in an auto repair business in Fonda, just short of our destination.

We were diverted onto Rt. 5s and made it to the Elks just fine. They have a 30 amp hookup and water at the lodge. The lodge is right between the Mohawk River and the railroad tracks. When I asked a member how often the trains came through, he said “About every ten minutes.” Whoa! We are right up against the tracks but it proved to be interesting to be in a moving art gallery. With lots of unfinished work… I know lots of people don’t like graffiti but I’ll take my art where I can get it. And I’m a graphic designer who would love to be able to do graphics like these. And finish them.


We wanted to get in several days of bike riding to counteract all the eating we’ve been doing!

The Erie Canalway Trail System is great! It runs for hundreds of miles through some of the most beautiful parts of the state of New York. The first day we rode about 40 miles and back to Little Falls. Lots of cool Erie Canal history along the way and working locks too.

We took a break for a day and then rode another 25 miles past Canajoharie to Randall.
In Canajoharie, a historic school.mohawk-pano-2
The Mohawk River… On the far left side you can see the bus tucked behind the Elks. The bridge this is taken from is between the tracks and the trail. In the river valley everything happens. The New York State Thruway, the river, the tracks, the canal, it all flows through here.

The only downside is that we really wanted to eat at the local Farm to Table Restaurant which gets great reviews on Yelp. I thought we would be able to go on Sunday, but they are only open Wednesday through Saturday. Next time.

We are off tomorrow to Bridgeport, New York for another Elks Lodge which is conveniently located near the Erie Canal Heritage Trail. Making our way to mid Missouri for the total solar eclipse and more meet-ups with friends. And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the Way.

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