Mon, 13 Oct 2014

Ride starting Sun Apr 11 14:35:35 2010

25.54 km 83806.97 feet 15.87 mi 7095.00 seconds 118.25 minutes 1.97 hours 8.05 mi/hr

I reported that I had ridden the Outlet Trail, but didn't make a separate blog entry for it. It's a pretty trail, dirt the whole way, well maintained. It starts in a small park off Elm Street and rides off the railbed until it crosses the Outlet. Then it stays on the railbed all the way into Dresden, at which point it goes up the side of the gorge to get up to the road level.

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Sun, 12 Oct 2014

Ride starting Sun Apr 11 05:51:27 2010

49.61 km 162770.33 feet 30.83 mi 12208.00 seconds 203.47 minutes 3.39 hours 9.09 mi/hr

Blogging about this now, because I didn't do it four and a half years ago. Rode the Catharine Valley Rail Trail. It goes from the village of Watkins Glen, fairly close to the current end of the tracks, down to Horseheads. It parallels the Chemung Canal, part of which is still in water. There are a few bits of railroadiana on the way. A steel milepost, a few steel bridges. It departs from the railbed in a few places. In Montour Falls, the railroad went through the middle of an industrial plant, which is still in use and is currently fenced-off.

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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 They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished.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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