Tuesday, August 23, 2016

20.8 Mile Ride Through the Corning Preserve, Schuyler Flatts, Watervliet, Green Island, and Van Schaick Island
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
STILL ALIVE...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

... despite the best efforts of those damn yellowjackets. I've haven't had such an extreme reaction previously, so it's likely part of the problem was getting stung multiple times - they got me in three spots, and I suspect based on what I was feeling they may have stung me more than once in each spot.

But the benadryl did the trick and knocked out the scary severe reaction. Now I've just got to put up with swollen, itchy sting sites for the next week or so. And avoid getting stung again for as long as possible. And maybe plan on getting to a doctor for a prescription for an epi pen.

Fun, fun, fun.

JMH

Monday, August 22, 2016

*#$**%*!!! YELLOWJACKETS!
Slow & Steady 2016 - Race #30
Camp Saratoga Summer XC Series#5 - 5k Trail Race
Monday, August 22, 2016


2016 Event Totals
Run 214.0 mi, 52 hr 53 min
Bike 67.3 mi, 5 hr 3 min

Snowshoe 6.2 mi, 1 hr 39 min
Kayak 1.5 mi, 20 min

states visited: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI
BARRED OWL DUET
6.2 Mile Run at Saratoga Spa State Park
Monday, August 22, 2013

Since I was heading up to the Saratoga area anyway, I decided to put in 5-6 miles at the state park before heading to Wilton for tonight's race. Lots of folks out and about in the park, which was good to see, especially since not many of them were on most of the trails I was running. And it was a perfect day for a run - sunny but cool and breezy.

Heard two barred owls calling back and forth in the woods overlooking the Ferndell path... I might have hung around and tried to spot them, but I was running low on time at that point and needed to get back to the car to make the drive to Wilton.

JMH

 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

RIDING IN THE RAIN AGAIN...
7.8 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Sunday, August 21, 2016

The rain seemed to be holding off in the late afternoon, so I put the mountain bike on the car to go ride the unpaved portion of the rail trail between Slingerlands and Voorheesville. Naturally it started raining not long after I left the house, but I decided to be stubborn and ride anyway (and hope that it didn't turn into a downpour.)

It rained steadily the entire ride, leaving me soaked and grimy from the dirt thrown up by the wheels. Only one other person on the trail, and given the fact that she was still walking west when I was on my way back I suspect she was going somewhere rather than out for a stroll.

The steady rain last through my walk to the store after getting home (to pick up some steaks for dinner) and then picked up again later in the evening. No complaints here - we need the water, and the walk in the rain (with an umbrella) and later listening to it outside the bedroom window was quite enjoyably peaceful.

JMH
20.4 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Sunday, August 21, 2016

I thought about riding the stretch from Rotterdam Junction to Amsterdam (as well as the bike path to the Junction) but decided my legs weren't up for the hills. Turned out to be a good decision since there was an atypical east-to-west wind, which made riding west fun but heading back was work. So instead I stopped at the end of the bike path on the west side of the Junction.

Lots of wood ducks in the old canal and a fair number of turtles as well. Not as many people on the path, possibly because it was cool and windy. Overall a ride which felt better than I expected it to, given the tired state of my legs.

JMH 
Weekly Activity Summary
8/14/2016 - 8/20/2016

running (2) - 15.2 mi
riding (3) - 51.1 mi
walking/hiking (12) - 15.3 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

YRG -

JMH

Saturday, August 20, 2016

14.8 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Figured my legs weren't nearly fried enough from this morning's trek around Jug End, so I took the bike over to the bike path in Colonie (well, the Colonie/Niskayuna line) and rode the stretch between the big hills... because one thing that became clear fairly quickly was that my quads had no more climbing left in them.

Not too busy, and a pleasant breezy evening... interestingly, my Forerunner 610 and Edge 25 stayed the closest they've been in the three times I've used the Edge. Wish I knew what the difference was between tonight and the last two rides...

JMH 
Slow & Steady 2016 - Race #29
Jug End Ultra 6hr Trail Race
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Jug End was one of the places I used to run, hike, and ski back when I lived and worked in the southern Taconics, and it's also a site where I've long thought we should hold a snowshoe race. So when I saw that a 6 hr ultra would be held there this year, I decided to sign up, even though I knew it was unlikely I'd last all six hours.

Cooler weather moved in overnight which gave us perfect conditions for the 8 AM start. Since both knees have been bothering me I decided to start out very cautiously and walked the first 4 mile loop. Up, up, up for the first two miles (about a 600 foot elevation gain) and then down down down back to the start. The trails were as gorgeous as always, though the wildflowers in the meadows during the last mile were past their prime. About a mile from the end I was passed by the frontrunners who were completing their second loop and flying right along.

Since the knees were cooperating I took off on a 2nd loop with the plan to run where I could. By the time I'd reached the top of the climb I'd decided to stop after two loops, but then I was able to run a lot of the trail back to the start and that gave me renewed determination to tackle a 3rd loop. Managed to knock 10 minutes off my time for the first loop, and was passed by a reduced group of frontrunners somewhere along the way, finishing their 4th loop and still flying.

During the climb on the 3rd loop I once again decided to stop this time around, except this time I was pretty sure it would stick. About a mile and a half from the end I was again lapped by the guy in front, who was now alone and still flying (he was heading to hit 24 miles in under 3 1/2 hours, yow.) Enjoyed my final pass through the meadows and let the timers know I was done - they offered the option of running one or more of the mini-loops (which were mandatory after the 4 hr 50 min mark) but 12 miles was enough for me today.

Could I have done another loop? Yes, but I suspect I would have walked almost all of it, and my legs would have been beyond fried when I finished. Stopping at 12 miles meant I could probably go for a ride this afternoon, and a run on Monday (the final race of the Camp Saratoga Summer XC series in Monday evening.) And by finishing the first loop I qualified for a nifty Jug End Ultra mug. So all in all a successful morning.

JMH

2016 Event Totals
Run 210.9 mi, 52 hr 12 min
Bike 67.3 mi, 5 hr 3 min

Snowshoe 6.2 mi, 1 hr 39 min
Kayak 1.5 mi, 20 min

states visited: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Sad State of the Erie Canal Village
Friday, August 19, 2016

For as long as I've been familiar with the Old Erie Canal State Park (16+ years?) I've been vaguely aware that the Erie Canal Village is at the eastern end of the trail in Rome. Never actually made it that far before, though I did get within a few miles on one ride. In any case I knew that it was a living history park & museum, basically replicating a canal town along the Clinton's Ditch Erie Canal, and I'd always imagined it was a lot like the Genesee Country Village near Rochester (another place I've never actually visited, but I've seen it when visiting the Genesee Country Nature Center right next door) or like Mystic Seaport down in Connecticut (which I visited a long time ago on an elementary school trip.) I wasn't planning to tour the Erie Canal Village today, but I figured I'd at least finally get to see it as I rode through the area.

It was quite a surprise then to pull up and find an empty parking lot, a fairly shabby and definitely closed visitor's center (complete with a sign in the window giving the hours that the village is supposedly open), a bridge across the old canal barred by a locked gate, and a crumbling packet boat "docked" next to the bridge. Not at all what I was expecting and a major disappointment.

A bit of research once I got home revealed that while the site was originally owned by the city of Rome, roughly 20 years ago it was turned over to private management. It seems to have limped along until recently, though it seems a number of the buildings were assessed as unsafe and closed. Over the last two years a new company expressed interest in reviving the site, but seems to have run into all sorts of problems in doing so - after having the grounds open for several festivals last summer, it never re-opened this year. It seems like a major point of conflict is the removal and storage of the various historic artifacts that are in the buildings so the buildings can be renovated - the artifacts are owned by the city, which says they can't be removed before being inventoried, and there's no place safe on site to do the inventory, and without removal of the artifacts the owners can't renovate, etc etc. A recent  summary of some of the issues can be found here.

And so a piece of New York State history sits there, rotting away. As of two years ago, the estimated cost of bringing the site back up to code was something like $2 million... let's face it, that's not likely to happen any time soon, unless someone with deep pockets and a interest in local history takes an interest and decides to fund the project.

It's particularly sad in light of next year being the 200th anniversary of the start of construction of the canal.

JMH
24.8 Mile Ride Through the Old Erie Canal State Park, on the Rome Streets, & on the Erie Canalway Trail (New London to Rome)
Friday, August 19, 2016

And... that's a wrap. I've now ridden the entire Old Erie Canal State Park, for the first time ever. I started at Lock 21 just west of Rome, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the first 2+ mile were paved! Then it was stone dust until just before the Erie Canal Village. Lots of turtles in the old canal... only got a few pictures because whenever I stopped they tended to dive into the water, so after the couple of tries I just rode on by when I saw them.

Only stopped briefly at the Erie Canal Village because it was very closed (more on that in a bit) - from there I followed the recommended path through Rome, which wasn't too bad, and after a couple of miles on streets ended up back on paved paths, first along the modern canal to a very nice waterfront park (Bellamy Harbor Park) and then alongside a busy construction zone all the way east to the end of the Canalway Trail between Rome and Oriskany.

The ride back was a bit smoother just because I knew where I was going, though I did watch a police boat going zooming up the canal - they ended up locking through at Lock 21 while I was packing up to leave. Gotta wonder what was up...

JMH 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

LOTS OF DEER
1.3 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Thursday, August 18, 2016
TESTING A NEW BIKE COMPUTER
11.5 Mile Ride on the Genesee Valley Greenway, the Genesee Riverway Trail, the Erie Canalway Trail, & Through Genesee Valley Park
Thursday, August 18, 2016
1 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
1.7 Mile Walk on the Genesee Riverway Trail
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Brief Visit to Lock 13 Historic Park
A Drive Through Montezuma NWR
0.7 Mile Walk at Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

1 Mile Walk at Thacher Park
0.8 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Slow & Steady 2016 - Race #28
Tawasentha Summer XC Series #2 5k Trail Race
Monday, August 15, 2016


2016 Event Totals
Run 198.9 mi, 48 hr 29 min
Bike 67.3 mi, 5 hr 3 min

Snowshoe 6.2 mi, 1 hr 39 min
Kayak 1.5 mi, 20 min

states visited: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI
2.7 Mile Walk at Peebles Island State Park
A Brief Visit to Van Schaick Pond
2.5 Mile Walk to & Through Washington Park
Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

2.2 Mile Walk on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Sunday, August 14, 2016
0.7 Mile Walk at Chittenango Falls State Park
Sunday, August 14, 2016