Little Ride around Town

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip 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

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Monday, September 3, 2012

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.  From there I did manage to do the less steep hills from Knolls Atomic Power Lab to the GE Development Center.  You don't really see much of the river on this route.  You do see the grounds of these two large GE plants though and the vast wooded area along the river posted by GE,

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.
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