Little Ride around Town
Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
22Trip End Ongoing
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What I did
Schenectady Central Park Rose Garden
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL)
First Unitarian Society of Schenectady - Wendell Avenue
Again, it was such a beautiful day that I felt guilty not taking advantage of it, so after some inner turmoil, I set off from my house through Niskayuna to the bike path at Lock 7. My route to Lock 7 took me over St. David's Lane, my favorite road in Niskayuna because of all of its trees and beautiful houses. After I crossed rt 7, I traveled on Rosendale Road, which is quite pleasant as well.
At the Lock, I headed west toward Schenectady, expecting to reach the Rexford Aqueduct next. I forgot about the Town Park/Landfill with its big uphill. That is when I found out that my lowest gears were not usable because of a rather noisy clinking sound. So I had to walk up half way and be passed by an 8-yr old on a one-speed bike, but she didn't gloat and I complimented her on how well she blitzed the hill
There is a lovely downhill just before the Rexford Aqueduct where they shaved off all the forest from one side of the road. I wonder why. After crossing over Rt 146, the path is much flatter. All of this route is paved and quite smooth. Not much of a view here either but there are some wildflowers - mostly purple loosestrife and goldenrod - along the way. I reached the new Union Graduate School building and debated whether to look for the path through the Stockade area since I couldn't find any signs pointing the way.
I decided not to ride farther into Schenectady, but to head home around the Unitarian Church and Central Park - the way I used to jog home from the Church when the kids were younger and we went there every Sunday and I co-managed the Emerson Bookshop with Jill. Going down memory lane here - I even took a photo of KAPL where I worked for a year - my first job after college.
The Rose Garden in Central Park was spectacularly in bloom. I walked around with my bike smelling the roses and taking photos. There were quite a few people there. After a bit, I cycled through the park and finished the ride on my old jogging route back home. After putting my helmet, gloves and other stuff away, I weeded my garden bed next to the driveway until it started getting too dark to distinguish the weeds from the flowers.