Just me and the mic doing a little followup and giving an overview of a very fun upstate New York bicycle tour along the Erie Canalway route. It’s an all sleep-deprivation podcast after a long weekend roadtrip too!
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- Pedalshift invades the Rose City and The Sprocket Podcast 245 (part 1 || part 2). This show was in-ter-est-ing.1 You should subscribe to The Sprocket Podcast, but if you want to stream this ep, knock yourself out:
Sprocket Podcast 245 – Part 1
Sprocket Podcast 245 – Part 2
- The Erie Canal preview, episode 024
- The Amtrak adventure with Andrew and Stephanie, episode 025
- Volume 3 of Pedalshift Tour Journals podcast (wrapped up)
- This show… hi!
More on the Oregon Outback – listen to Donnie Kolb’s interview with OPB:
Bicycle touring upstate New York
- Want to see NYS? Do this.
- Don’t expect canal the whole way. Lots of road sections.
- Lots of small towns with charm.
- Fascinating infrastructure.
- Great history.
- Biking quality – pretty top notch. Trails are in excellent condition. The worst parts are still pretty great.
- Access to water/food – easy, but there are long stretches where there are no water sources directly on the trail. Didn’t carry food – picked up a spare meal as needed.
- Camping – more expensive generally than other options (C+O and west coast) and wild camping availability was a bit overstated in my opinion. Free camping on the lock properties was excellent.
- Good encounters – not a ton of bike tourists (although there were 600 two days behind me!). The ones I met were great.
- Prime time – Summer was a good time, but upstate NY can be muggy. The ideal time may be in September for warm days and cooler nights or October for foliage.
- BIG thanks to Tour Journals listeners and social media followers for tagging along! Special thanks to Rochelle in Albany (@lilithny on the Twitter machine) for some good tips and FOTS Ethan Georgie for his Canajoharie story, because I might have done the same without it.
- Speaking of… FOTS Ethan Georgie’s story has an explanation! FOTS Tony S explains…
- DC to BOS the hard way
- Local transit only (no Amtrak, no BoltBus, etc.) plus a folding bike
- Union Station DC to Back Bay Boston in less than 36 hours
- The least efficient, most ridiculous bike and transit tour… ever
The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ new release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And hey, a video for Ghost!
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