Monday, July 24, 2017

GREY & CHILLY
13.2 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Monday, July 24, 2017


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Weekly Activity Summary
7/16/2017 - 7/22/2017

running (1) - 9.8 mi
riding (2) - 39.9 mi
walking/hiking (10) - 15.7 mi
paddling (1) - 3.4 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, July 22, 2017

LITTLE SLEEP = NO RACE 😩
1.3 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

PLENTY OF WILDLIFE
26.6 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail (Utica - Rome) & Through Utica Marsh
Friday, July 21, 2017



Thursday, July 20, 2017

WHAT A SURPRISE - RAIN.
13.3 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail (Albion - Hulberton)
Thursday, July 20, 2017



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
3.4 Mile Paddle on Black Creek (Churchville)
Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BEAUTIFUL PARKS IN THE FINGER LAKES
2.5 Mile Walk at Taughannock Falls State Park
3.5 Mile Walk at Watkins Glen State Park
0.8 Mile Walk at Lakefront Park
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

BEAUTIFUL PARKS IN THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY
1.4 Mile Walk at Nyack Beach State Park
2.6 Mile Walk at Rockland Lake State Park
1.9 Mile Walk on the Congers Lake Trail
Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slow Going 2017 - Race #28
Quadzilla 15k Trail Race
Sunday, July 16, 2017



JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 230.9 mi, 61 hr 23 min
Bike 33.7 mi, 2 hr 47 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
7/9/2017 - 7/15/2017

running (2) - 17.5 mi
riding (4)  - 41.6 mi
walking/hiking (9) -  9.1 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, July 15, 2017

0.5 Mile Walk at Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve
0.5 Mile Walk at Labrador Hollow Unique Area
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BEAT THE WORST OF THE RAIN...
9.3 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Thursday, July 13, 2017


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

0.8 Mile Walk at the Bauer Environmental Park
1.3 Mile Walk at the Albany Shaker Historic Site & Ann Lee Pond
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A SHORT RIDE TO TEST SOME REPAIRS
7.3 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7 Mile Run at Thacher State Park
Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Monday, July 10, 2017

AN ABUNDANCE OF BIKE PATH BUNNIES
17.8 Mile Ride on the Zim Smith Trail
7.2 Mile Ride on the Ballston Bike Hike Trail
Monday, July 10, 2017





Sunday, July 09, 2017

2.2 Mile Walk at Five Rivers EEC
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Slow Going 2017 - Race #27
Red Wing 10mi Trail Challenge
Sunday, July 9, 2017



JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 221.4 mi, 58 hr 52 min
Bike 33.7 mi, 2 hr 47 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017

running (1) - 3.7 mi
riding (4) - 67.9 mi
walking/hiking (5) - 8.7 mi
paddling (1) - 2.2 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, July 08, 2017

RAINED ON AGAIN...
10.2 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Saturday, July 8, 2017


Friday, July 07, 2017

LOTS OF WILDLIFE OUT & ABOUT
3.6 Mile Walk at the Crossings of Colonie
Friday, July 7, 2017

Thursday, July 06, 2017

SLOWLY CLOSING THE GAPS...
16.5 Mile Ride on Rte 31 & A Few Side Roads (Lyons-Clyde)
Thursday, July 6, 2017


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

LAZY REST DAY
1.5 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

12 Mile Ride on the Lehigh Valley Trail (Rochester Junction - Henrietta)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017



THAT'S A LOT OF BOATS...
2.2 Mile Paddle at Mendon Ponds Park
Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Monday, July 03, 2017

13 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail (Greece - Ogden)
Monday, July 3, 2017


ONE RIDE, FOUR TRAIL SYSTEMS
16.2 Mile Ride on the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail, Genesee Riverway Trail, Erie Canalway Trail, and Lehigh Valley Trail (North Branch)
Monday, July 3, 2017


Sunday, July 02, 2017

BABY DEER EVERYWHERE...
1.6 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Slow Going 2017 - Race #26
Show Your Swell 5k 3.7mi Road/Trail Race
Sunday, July 2, 2017



JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 211.4 mi, 55 hr 52 min
Bike 33.7 mi, 2 hr 47 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
6/25/2017 - 7/1/2017

running (2) - 12.8 mi
riding (5) - 54.6 mi
walking/hiking (7) - 8.8 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, July 01, 2017

1.5 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Slow Going 2017 - Race #25
Redding Rock N Roots 9k Road Race
Saturday, July 1, 2017



JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 207.7 mi, 55 hr 7 min
Bike 33.7 mi, 2 hr 47 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Friday, June 30, 2017

MUST BE MY WEEK TO GET DRENCHED...
3.8 Mile Ride on the Larkin State Park Trail
Friday, June 30, 2017

Well, that was a very short ride, especially considering that it took me over an hour to get to the trailhead and back.

It was pretty clear there was a storm nearby, especially since it was raining very lightly when I started riding. But it was barely making it through the trees and was more refreshing than anything else.

At a little under 2 miles I came to a road crossing and it didn't look like the trail continued on the opposite side (though all the maps I've looked at since insist it does.) The storm was making things pretty dark, so I didn't want to hang around in the road looking for the trail and instead I headed back to the start. Good thing, too, because apparently a worst of the storm was coming in from that direction. I had disconcerting views of several impressive lightning strikes and with about a mile to go it started getting really noisy - I just barely got my rain jacket unpacked and one before the deluge started.

The last miles was interesting, between the very poor visibility and the several inches of water running down the trail, My legs and bike ended up pretty muddy...

So now the question is - do I want to try to ride some more of this trail tomorrow, after I run the Redding Rock n Roots 9k?

JMH
7.2 Mile Run at Collis Huntington State Park
Friday, June 30, 2017


Thursday, June 29, 2017

BOBOLINKS ALL AROUND
1.6 Mile Walk at Ooms PCA
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2 Mile Walk at Thacher Park
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
9.8 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Monday, June 26, 2017

A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR + HAIL
14.6 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Monday, June 26, 2017


CAUGHT BY JUST A BIT OF RAIN
12.4 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail & Old Lyons Rd (Newark - Lyons)
Monday, June 26, 2017


Sunday, June 25, 2017

1.5 Mile Walk at Turning Point Park & on the Genesee Riverway Trail
0.2 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
0.2 Mile Walk at Braddock Bay Park
Sunday, June 25, 2017
14 Mile Ride on the Lehigh Valley Trail (Rochester Junction to Fishers)
Sunday, June 25, 2017


Weekly Activity Summary
6/18/2017 - 6/24/2017

running (3) - 18.9 mi
riding (2) - 45.6 mi
walking/hiking (7) - 10.4 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2 Mile Walk at Mendon Ponds Park
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

1.6 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Friday, June 23, 2017
A QUARTET OF WOODCHUCKLES
5.4 Mile Run at Saratoga Spa State Park
Friday, June 23, 2017


Early morning appointment at Saratoga Honda... bleah!

Opportunity to run on the Spa Park trails... yeah!

I took advantage of my Empire Passport to park in the "wild" portion of the park... since school isn't quite over yet, it was pretty quiet. Ran the 5 mile trail with modifications... thank heavens much of it is in the woods, today was very warm and humid but the woods were a bit cooler.

I still don't get the logic of having the disc golf course overlap the trails near the pool... I'm waiting for the time that I'm running there and a disc goes flying by me.

Just before the switchback trail down from the pool, I surprised an adult woodchuck and four woodchuckles. Two of the youngsters disappeared quickly, but two must not have been paying attention, because they actually stuck around long enough for me to get some pictures of them.

I would have liked to run around the quad and the paved path along the edge of the golf course - but it was too hot and that was too much distance for my legs. Another time...


JMH

Thursday, June 22, 2017

BUNNIES ALONG THE BIKE PATH
16.4 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Thursday, June 22, 2017


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A PERFECT EVENING FOR A RUN AT MINNEWASKA
Slow Going 2017 - Race #24
Summer Solstice 14k Trail Race
Wednesday, June 21, 2017



JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 202.1 mi, 53 hr 52 min
Bike 33.7 mi, 2 hr 47 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
2.0 Mile Walk at Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

4.9 Mile Run on the Halfmoon Old Champlain Canal Trail
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Monday, June 19, 2017

2.2 Mile Walk at the Sandra Frankel Nature Park
0.8 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Monday, June 19, 2017
A BUNNY, A WOODCHUCK, & PLENTY OF DEER
1 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

AFTER THE STORM
0.8 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
Sunday, June 18, 2017
A HOT DAY ALONG THE ERIE CANAL
29.2 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail (Newark to Lock 32)
Sunday, June 18, 2017


Weekly Activity Summary
6/11/2017 - 6/17/2017

running (1) - 4.6 mi
riding (3) - 48.8 mi
walking/hiking (8) - 11.8 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A QUICK GLIMPSE OF BABY DEER
0.5 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Saturday, June 17, 2017
WANDERING AROUND OAK ORCHARD WMA, IROQUOIS NWR, & TONAWANDA WMA
1 Mile Walk on the Kanyoo Trail
0.3 Mile Walk at Oak Orchard WMA
1.3 Mile Walk on the Swallow Hollow Trail
Saturday, June 17, 2017
FLAT RIDE? SHADED RUN? NOT QUITE...
Slow Going 2017 - Race #23
Steelman Duathlon
Saturday, June 16, 2017


bike route
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JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 193.5 mi, 51 hr 39 min
Bike 33.7 mi, 2 hr 47 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Friday, June 16, 2017

1.2 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

ALMOST BEAT THE RAIN...
15.1 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Thursday, June 15, 2017


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HARRIED HAWK & FLICKERING FIREFLIES
3.7 Mile Walk on the Albany County Rail Trail
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1.5 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

20.5 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Rte 5S
Monday, June 12, 2017


Sunday, June 11, 2017

1.3 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Sunday, June 11, 2017
A Visit to Montezuma NWR
1 Mile Walk on the Seneca Trail
Sunday, June 11, 2017
A Visit to the Rosamund Gifford Zoo
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Weekly Activity Summary
6/4/2017 - 6/10/2017

running (3) - 10.5 mi
riding (2) - 37.2 mi
walking/hiking (5) - 7.6 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, June 10, 2017

1 Mile Walk at Onondaga Lake Park
Saturday, July 10, 2017
ERIE CANALWAY END-TO-END(-TO-END?) YEAR 2
22 mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail & Rte 31 (Weedsport to Savannah)
Saturday, June 10, 2017
 
Last summer I decided to try to ride the entire Erie Canalway Trail end-to-end over two years. For a few years I had planned to do the entire trail over the course of a week or so during the summer, but as I thought about that more and more I realized I didn't want to spend a week of my summer doing nothing but riding my bike - which led to my revised plan to riding it one segment at a time. I started recording rides in late June and by the time I logged my last segment of 2016 in early November, I'd ridden just under 220 of the roughly 360 mile trail.

Ann's off with some friends on a white water rafting trip today (a little too adrenaline charged for me, thanks!) so I headed over to Weedsport to log my first new miles for the year. One of the unfortunate realities of the miles I have left is that there are a couple of significant road segments - Newark to Weedsport, Camillus to Dewitt, and Utica to Little Falls. There's also still plenty of off-road riding to do, especially heading out toward Buffalo, but this summer's wrap up definitely includes some of the less pleasant segments of the trail. Other than a very nice 2.5 miles section along the old canal between Weedsport and Port Byron, and a short side trip into the village of Montezuma, everything today was on Rt 31, which thankfully has nice wide shoulders.

Technically I may end up doing a double end-to-end, since almost every ride is an out-and-back. I think the only segment I haven't done both ways is from Brighton to Newark, and I'm thinking about riding that in the reverse direction next Sunday when Ann goes to visit her dad for Father's Day. Then when I finally finish the whole trail I'll be able to say that I've done an end-to-end-to-end.


JMH

Friday, June 09, 2017

UP & DOWN THOSE MENDON ESKERS
Slow Going 2017 - Race #22
Mendon Mauler 4.5mi Trail Race
Friday, June 9, 2017



JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 188.9 mi, 50 hr 33 min
Bike 20.5 mi, 1 hr 41 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

VERY VOCAL FROGGIES
5 Mile Run on the Albany County Rail Trail
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

JMH

Monday, June 05, 2017

FIRST DUCKLINGS
1.5 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Monday, June 5, 2017

Sunday, June 04, 2017

2.3 Mile Walk at Five Rivers
Sunday, June 4, 2017
DEFINITELY A WORKOUT
15.2 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Sunday, June 4, 2017

Didn't feel like driving very far, so I headed over to the Slinglerlands trailhead for the rail trail. Before I left I swapped out my skinny road tires for the wider dirt ones, with a washer added on the rear axle to see if I could use the 8-speed freewheel without it rubbing against the rear dropouts (turns out I can, but the shifting for the 2 lowest gears is glitchy.) The packed-for-paving surface on the trail heading toward Voorheesville seemed like a good chance to try that out.

Turns out the trail is packed all the way to Hilton Rd now... I turned around there because it looked like the last section into Voorheesville, while smoother than it was a little over a week ago, was still rougher than I wanted to tackle on the road bike. What a difference heading back made... on the way out I was averaging 8-9 mph, but on the way back I easily hit 15 mph, between the downhill grade and the packed surface.

The trail down into the Delmar and even down to the S Pearl St parking lot was pretty busy. The ride downhill is always fun, other than knowing that soon I'll be pumping my way back up the same hills. Took my time and had no problems, though I suspect my legs will be letting me know that I rode 30 miles over the last two days, with half of today's ride uphill.

JMH
Weekly Activity Summary
5/28/2017 - 6/3/2017

running (1) - 3.1 mi
riding (2) - 25.4 mi
walking/hiking (10) - 12.2 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 6/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, June 03, 2017

THE MOON AND JUPITER ON AN EARLY JUNE EVENING
Saturday, June 3, 2017


JMH
A WINDY AFTERNOON
15.1 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Saturday, June 3, 2017


Friday, June 02, 2017

1.5 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Friday, June 2, 2017

Originally I was supposed to be out in western NY this evening, getting ready for the Webster Trail Classic tomorrow morning and then the Roc Du Sunday morning... except Monday night into Tuesday I came down with a fairly nasty cold/flu type bug that's been doing it's best to kick my backside all week and into the weekend. So it was actually a pleasant surprise that I felt like driving over to the pond for a walk.

Good thing, too, since right after I parked the car a young guy on a bike came over and asked if I had a bicycle pump (he saw the bike rack and decided it was worth asking.) Got his tires solidly pumped up and he was on his way.

The geese still have all 8 goslings, surprisingly enough (last year's pair started with seven or eight and ended up with either 3 or 4 making it to maturity.) There's also a small group of geese hanging around that aren't nesting - I have to wonder if it's the youngsters from previous seasons. Not many ducks in sight at the moment, but that may be because it's nesting season for the females. The fish seemed pretty active, and it was generally speaking a very pleasant evening to walk around the pond a couple of times.

JMH

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Slow Going 2017 - Race #21
AdiRUNdack 5k Trail Race #5
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I wasn't going to go to tonight's finale for the AdiRUNdack series, until I found out that not only was a T-shirt waiting for me (for signing up for all 5 races) but the RD had even ordered one in the size I asked for. And when I thought about it, I realized that going to Glens Falls fit well with my very early morning appointment at Saratoga Honda tomorrow - I used some of the oodles of points I have accumulated to get a very nice hotel room and ended up with a much shorter drive back tonight and a wonderfully brief drive to pay lots of money for routine maintenance on the car tomorrow.

Tonight's run was in some ways the opposite of the first one - the rain held off until we started running. Fortunately being in the woods helped deflect some of the raindrops, which were coming down very steadily for a while but let up before I finished. Legs felt decent, other than some grumbling from my hip, and I managed to run my fastest time of the 4 races I did. I also had to once again snarl at some runners to get the hell out of the way as I was coming up on the finish - why are people so freaking clueless that once they're done they stand around in the way of slower runners who haven't finished yet?

I didn't stick around for the awards (not a chance) or the raffle (maybe a chance, but in all likelihood the prizes were all things I'd have to go to Glens Falls to claim... better for a local to get them.) While I'm glad I finally did this, I doubt I'll sign up in the future - the 2 hour round trip is just too much for a 5k, regardless of my good intentions to run either before or afterwards to add more distance. I would like to do a longer run in Coles Woods/Crandall Park, though, as well as a ride on the Feeder Canal Trail and the Warren County Bikeway.




JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 184.23 mi, 49 hr 20 min
Bike 20.5 mi, 1 hr 41 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Monday, May 29, 2017

A SUNNY AFTERNOON AFTER ALL...
0.6 Mile Walk at Seneca Park
3.9 Mile Walk at Hamlin Beach State Park
Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

1.3 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
1.2 Mile Walk on the Erie Canalway Trail (Greece)
Sunday, May 28, 2017
10.3 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail & Through Brighton Town Park
Sunday, May 28, 2017


Weekly Activity Summary
5/21/2017 - 5/27/2017

running (1) - 6.1 mi
riding (2) - 32.8 mi
walking/hiking (5) - 6.5 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, May 27, 2017

0.5 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
1.5 Mile Walk at Turning Point Park & the Genesee Riverway Trail'
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

TRAIL WORK PROCEEDING APACE...
12.3 Mile Ride on the Albany Country Rail Trail
Friday, May 26, 2017

Since late winter work has been proceeding on paving the section of the rail trail between Slingerlands and Voorheesville. First in the form of clearing trees and brush to allow the heavy equipment room to do its stuff, then actual grading of the trail in preparation of setting down the base for the eventual pavement. There's also a big project in the works at the Hilton Rd crossing where they're trying to reduce the size of a somewhat blind hill and will be lowering the level of the trail to match the new road level.

The rain stopped early enough that I wanted to get out for a ride, but not so early that I wanted to drive too far to a trailhead... so I decided to check out where things are at along the unpaved portion of the trail, and maybe wrap up with a few miles on pavement.

The first surprise was that they've laid the base for paving (a compacted layer of gravel and stone dust) all the way from Slinglands out to Upper Font Grave Rd. That was easy ride - could have taken my road bike on it without difficulty. The first section past Upper Font Grove was graded dirt/ballast, so not much fun, but then there was another section of compacted gravel/stone dust out to Hilton Rd.

The worst part was definitely from Hilton Rd down into Voorheesville... it seems like that was only recently graded, and so it was rough going.

Of course, the trip back was easier, being mostly downhill (a gentle grade but still a very noticeable difference.) I recently read an article about the plans to change the road and crossing level at Hilton and laughed when the author talked about how the rail trail is flat other than for the first few miles of climbing away from the waterfront area... anyone who has ridden or run it knows very well that it's a mostly uphill grade almost all the way to Voorheesville.

Along the way I had several deer cross the path, and when I reached the bridge over route 155 on my way back, there was a huge flock of turkey vultures flying around over the trail - possibly the same flock I've seen roosting near there, though I had assumed they'd moved on now that the weather was nicer.

While I'm not a fan of riding my mountain bike on pavement, I didn't want to stop at just under 8 miles, so I rode all the way to the American Legion Hall in Delmar before turning around and heading back. And despite what I just said about the mountain bike and pavement - it was a welcome change from struggling over the rougher sections of the unpaved trail.

I'd guess that they'll have the rest of the trail paved in the next month or two, unless they haven't lined up a contractor for doing the paving yet... I suspect the main hold up at the moment is the work at the Hilton Rd crossing, and they seem to think that will be done by mid-June. On the one hand, it will be nice to have smooth riding all the way from Voorheesville to South Pearl St... but I'll still miss the unpaved trail. We have a serious lack of dirt rail trails around here, and sometimes it's nice to get off pavement without hitting the trails in the woods...

the "flat" section of the rail trail...

JMH

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Slow Going 2017 - Race #20
Catskill Mountain Spring Series#2
Olana Star Loop 10k Trail Race
Wednesday, May 24, 2017






2017 Event Totals
Run 181.2 mi, 48 hr 40 min
Bike 20.5 mi, 1 hr 41 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Sunday, May 21, 2017

20.5 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Through Riverfront Park & Collins Park
Sunday, May 21, 2017


Weekly Activity Summary
5/14/2017 - 5/20/2017

running (2)  - 5.3 mi
riding (4) - 54.5 mi
walking/hiking (2) - 3.9 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, May 20, 2017

13.9 Mile Ride Through the Corning Preserve & Schuyler Flatts Park
Saturday, May 20, 2017


I'd been thinking about going someplace a bit further away - possibly Pittsfield or Fort Hunter - but in the end just didn't feel like doing all the driving, so instead I went for the closest option.

Spotted two more pairs of geese with goslings, having a bit of a spat - apparently the youngsters were all kind of mobbing together, which pissed the parents off to no end. At one point I watch an adult snap at a couple of goslings that presumably belonged to the other pair.

Turns out it was just as well I rode here today, since just before the parking lot in Watervliet I passed a guy on the side replacing a tube who it turned out needed a pump, and while mine didn't work great for his setup, it at least got him rolling again.



JMH

Friday, May 19, 2017

BABY GEESE, BABY BLACKBIRDS
1.4 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Friday, May 19, 2017

During the day today I received the following email:

There has been recent incident at the Buckingham Lake/Pond regarding the geese population. There has been confirmed sightings of an unknown person killing the geese that reside at the pond. I do realize the geese may be a social nuisance but still this action is unacceptable.  What I am asking is to keep a diligent observation towards any one who is in close proximity of these animals.
****Possible suspect sightings is a unknown white male dressing in a blue uniform operating a red newer model pick up with the lettering "DGS Wildlife" on the side. If you see this suspect or vehicle at or about the park area notify the police immediately ****
Note: Illegally killing  Canadian Geese is in violation of Federal Fish/Wildlfe and NYS EnCon Law   
Any questions email me directly
Officer James Brooks
Albany Police Department CSU

I have to wonder if this is what happened to the female that was nesting and then apparently abandoned her nest. 

When I got to the pond this evening there were signs all over near the parking lot. While it would be great if they'd catch the guy, my guess is all the attention will serve its secondary purpose and get him to desist.

While walking around the pond I found that at least one pair of geese managed to hatch eggs this year - they've got eight goslings that they're herding around. I also had a pair of blackbirds hovering and scolding me at the eastern end of the pond, and a with a little work I finally found their nest, very well concealed, with a couple of baby blackbirds who look like they hatched recently.

JMH

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A FOUR BUNNY RIDE
20.2 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Through Colonie Mohawk River Park
Thursday, May 18, 2017


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TOO DANG HOT...
10.3 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Long Distance 2017 - Race #19
AdiRUNdack 5k Trail Race #3
Tuesday, May 16, 2017






2017 Event Totals
Run 175.0 mi, 46 hr 56 min
Bike 20.5 mi, 1 hr 41 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT