Fort Plain to Herkimer House - A Gorgeous June Day

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

When Kara and I were visiting this morning, we agreed that it was a perfect, beautiful day.  Kara mentioned that John looked at the weather forecast and it looked as if today was the last sunny day for awhile.  I decided that, since I hadn't gotten to my planned bike ride all week, I should do it today.

Skipping my usual Fultonville to Fort Plain ride, I drove directly to Fort Plain, found the bike path with more difficulty than usual, got out the bike and gear and got going.  Somehow I lost the path after passing the first lock in Fort Plain, but soon joined it at a familiar spot just after the big hose with spring water running into a huge plastic vat.  There were a few muddy spots where I had to watch out that I didn't fall over into the mud.

Among the notable observations were the lovely swaths of phlox along the sides of the path.  I had never seen so much and it was lovely.  There were also places filled with the fragrance of the invasive wild roses...that I still love.  I saw two rabbits AND a turtle.  I took some photos of the turtle.  I had seen it on the side of the path on my way out and as I was returning a couple almost ran it over and she was taking photos of it with her cell phone while they were standing with their bikes in the center of the path. 

I went as far as the Herkimer House of General Herkimer outside Little Falls before turning back.  It had taken me almost 2 hours to get this far - 14 miles of so.  On the return trip, I decided to turn off on Canal Lock Road only to find out there was no lock here.  There was another cyclist who took this detour and he was ready to have his cigarette and beer on the site of the security gate so he offered to explain what was here.  There was the security gate which does regulate some of the flow of water - in the winter I guess.  A yacht was coming through and could easily pass through the gate now.  There was also a tender boat painted bright blue and yellow and a dredging operation with dredger and lots of pipes, including floating pipes on pontoon-type floats so the silt could be sucked up by the dredger and then transported via the pipes to the shore.  There was a big hill formed of previously dredged silt.  The man said when he was a kid and played there, it was all flat.

There was a man and boy who I played leapfrog with - on bikes though - as they were traveling to St Johnsville.  The boy kept up a good pace for a long ride - I first saw them I think when I turned around at the Herkimer House so I don't know where they started from.  At one point as I was passing them after detouring to Canal Lock Rd, the man asked me if I were a ghost since I was following them.

I was getting a bit tired by the time I headed back - this would be about a 28 mile ride, but it was such a beautiful day and the flowers were pretty and the birds singing - what could be better....
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