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TRIP 2002

Update #22 - April 28th
Canajoharie, New York - 4,382 miles (7011 KM)



The ride between Albion and Canajoharie went okay without much problem. The hardest part has been the weather. Between Auburn and Chittenango, I had more snow flurries to deal with. Hopefully, this was the last fling of Winter. Today was an off day because of rain. Tomorrow might be a day of light rain but I need to ride on to Amsterdan.

Riding along NY 5 has been okay. For the most part, the traffic has been light especially east of Utica since NY 5 parallels the I-90. The terraign has been mostly flat in the Mohawk River Valley. The two biggest cities that I have ridden through this section were Syracuse and Utica. Mostly, there have been small villages like Nelliston and Palatine Bridge. Between these two villages, I rode through Amish Country here in New York.

Along the way, I stayed in a couple of churches. One of the nicest ones was the First Presbyterian Church in Chittenango. Chittenango is the birthplace of Frank Baum, who wrote the Wizard of Oz. In the downtown area of Chittenango, the brick sidewalks are painted yellow. In Macedon, I stayed with the local Baptist minister. Here in Canajoharie, I've stayed two nights in the carriage house behind the parsonage of the Episcopal Church. Canajoharie was named after a small nearby waterfall. The Mohawk Indians called the waterfall "Canajoharie", which means "a pot that constantly washes itself". The waterfall had carved a bowl in the rock below the falling water.

My plans here in New York has changed. Originally, I was looking forward to ride along the shore of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway to Plattsburg. This was changed by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake in the Plattsburg area Saturday morning around 6:50 a.m. I felt it in Niagara Falls. No people were injured but there is some highway damage. NY 9N twelve miles south of Plattsburg has collapsed pavement. I'll be trying to make my way up there to see if there is anything that I could do to in disaster relief because three churches were damaged.

When I get to Albany, I will see how far north I can go on the New York side of the Hudson River to Plattsburg. If I cannot make it all the way north on NY 9, I will swing east to Burlington, Vermont. I haven't figuered out my route between Burlington, Vermont and Belfast, Maine. I hope to be in Belfast in three or four weeks.




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