Sun, 21 Sep 2014

Rail Trails #12

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

I rode a huge number of trails a week ago -- 22 trails in all! It's taken me this long to process the GPS traces into tracks. 179 miles in four hard days of riding. Only three of these trails are paved. The others are grass or dirt. Here's the whole list: East Ithaca Recreational Trail, Lackawanna Trail, Pat McGee Trail, Village of Sherman Recreational Trail, Ralph C. Sheldon Jr Nature Trail, Nancy B. Diggs Nature Trail, Paul and Nancy Webb Nature Trail, Laurie A. Baer Nature Trail, Alison Wells Ney Nature Trail, Brocton Area Recreational Trail, Portage Trail, Cheektowaga Bike Path, Clarence Akron Pathways, Clarence Newstead Trail, Erie Attica Trail, Great Bend Park Trail, Hilton Hojack Trail, Lehigh Valley Trail (Mendon to Victor), Auburn Trail, Trolley Trail (Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern), Oneida Rail Trail. Since the last update, I rode the Kaaterskill Rail Trail.

The first trail ride for which I have a date is June of 2004. So this has been a ten-year project for me. Given that I'm not done yet, and they're continually making new trails, it looks like I've got another set of trails to ride.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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Ride starting Mon Sep 15 17:09:34 2014

2.96 km 9708.34 feet 1.84 mi 1202.00 seconds 20.03 minutes 0.33 hours 5.51 mi/hr

Oneida Rail Trail. They have ambitious plans, but for right now, they have one mile of dead-end rail-trail.

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Ride starting Mon Sep 15 09:12:59 2014

50.63 km 166103.26 feet 31.46 mi 19185.00 seconds 319.75 minutes 5.33 hours 5.90 mi/hr

There are a bunch of hiking trails in the Victor area. I started on the Lehigh Valley Trail. Rode it to the Trolley Trail, rode that north and south to its apparent ends. Rode east on the Auburn Trail, taking the footpath routing going east and the bicycle routing on my return. Rode it to the end and a bit more to pick up some needed refreshments. It peters out at the eastern end, coming little more than a sidewalk in a residential development.

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Ride starting Mon Sep 15 08:31:15 2014

4.47 km 14674.68 feet 2.78 mi 1348.00 seconds 22.47 minutes 0.37 hours 7.42 mi/hr

Rode the Great Bend Trail, which connects Great Bend Park to the Lehigh Valley Trail at Rochester Junction. It's much shorter than I had hoped it would be, but they managed to preserve three railroad bridges in the process, so it's all for the good.

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Ride starting Mon Sep 15 07:46:58 2014

3.70 km 12146.03 feet 2.30 mi 1024.00 seconds 17.07 minutes 0.28 hours 8.09 mi/hr

The Avon, NY Erie-Attica Trail is very short, but significant, because it goes over the Genesee River on an abandoned bridge, and it connects up with the Genesee Valley Greenway.

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Ride starting Sun Sep 14 18:27:05 2014

5.58 km 18317.86 feet 3.47 mi 1433.00 seconds 23.88 minutes 0.40 hours 8.72 mi/hr

Before it got too dark, I hit the extension of the Webster Hojack Trail which I had ridden in 2010 but apparently have no record of having ridden.

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Ride starting Sun Sep 14 16:54:44 2014

9.73 km 31916.45 feet 6.04 mi 2732.00 seconds 45.53 minutes 0.76 hours 7.97 mi/hr

Found a bit of the Hojack (New York Central nee Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg) east of Hilton which was ridable. Lots of weeds where there were no ATV riders, and lots of mud puddles where there were. Rode back on the highway rather than push through the weeds again, some of which were prickers.

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Ride starting Sun Sep 14 09:14:14 2014

55.19 km 181060.93 feet 34.29 mi 12755.00 seconds 212.58 minutes 3.54 hours 9.68 mi/hr

Both the Clarence Akron Pathways and Clarence Newstead Trails. It's paved the whole way, with good signage. It seems to be heavily used by snowmobilers in the winter, so it's clear-cut 30' wide. No shade at all, nothing to block the wind. Still, it's paved, so one cannot complain too much.

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Ride starting Sun Sep 14 08:12:59 2014

8.09 km 26545.57 feet 5.03 mi 2045.00 seconds 34.08 minutes 0.57 hours 8.85 mi/hr

Cheektowaga Bike Path just runs on the side of a railroad yard where there were some tracks. It doesn't run exactly on one railroad bed, just mostly. Paved the whole way, so it's quite tame.

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Ride starting Sat Sep 13 14:27:11 2014

39.19 km 128569.01 feet 24.35 mi 13061.00 seconds 217.68 minutes 3.63 hours 6.71 mi/hr

The Laurie A. Baer and Alison Wells Ney Nature Trails and the Brocton Area Recreational Trail (BART). Again, they run into each other, so the only way to ride them separately is to start at the junction between the two where there is a trailhead. I didn't know about the trailhead, so I started at a point on the Baer Trail where there was parking. The combination of these trails goes mostly from the village of Mayville down to the NS/CSX tracks in Brocton.

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