Beautiful Day for a Bike Ride: Fultonville to ...

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fultonville to Fort Plain - starting in Randall

It has been a rainy week and when I checked the weather today, it looked like sunshine as opposed to tomorrow's predicted thunderstorm.  So I decided today was the day to do my bike ride!  With a late start, I couldn't go too far, so I opted for one of my usual early season rides:  Fultonville to Fort Plain.  I just checked the mileage and looks like 29 miles total.  I started in Randall at the parking lot next to lock 17 or was it 13 or 14?

The weather was gorgeous - sunny, blue sky, not too hot, wild flowers in abundance.  The phlox is on its way out but there were lots of daisies and yellow flowers plus some bright blue stalky flowers.  The only negative was a fairly strong headwind but it turned out not to be so bad until I did the last stretch between Fultonville and Randall when I was more tired.

Not many major attractions.  I did see a beautiful old car in front of an Irish pub in Canajoharie.  In terms of wildlife, I saw some rabbits, a woodchuck and some reddish-brown furry animal that looked like a Star Trek trible, but I am not sure what it really was.  The high point was seeing a large deer leaping across a field of tall grass.  It looked more like an eland than our white-tailed delicate little creatures.  It had broad shoulders and antlers on its head I think.  Its head looked big so I am assuming it was antlers.  I was quite thrilled to have spotted it although seeing deer in this part of the world is no longer as special as it would have been when I was a child.

Because of all the rain, the streams running under the bike path were flowing fast.  I really couldn't see the level of the Mohawk but the Schoharie looked fairly high.  There were some pretty "waterfalls" gushing down the sides of hills or rocks along the path - I took a photo or two of them.

When I got back tot he parking lot, I was curious as to how one would get to the lock since the road had a sign to the lock and the thruway was between the lock and the lot.  I saw an indentation alongside the lot and walked to it.  It was a path that led to a covered walkway under the thruway.  Going down the little slope with water running on it, I managed to slip and scrape my knee.  Oh, well, blood trickling down my leg in nothing new for me.
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