The Pedalshift Project 026: Bicycle touring upstate New York

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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Follow up

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…
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Next tour

  • 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

Music

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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4 comments

  1. JohnnyK says:

    While looking at some of your pics I just noticed that you have bottle cages on your front forks. That is so cool. From the pictures I can’t tell exactly how you have them attached but it looks like they are on the front racks down struts. Maybe sometime you could show us how you did that?
    I so enjoyed tagging along on this. I could not wait to wake up and get your first post of the day it was so much fun keeping up with you on your tour. Wait now I feel like a stalker hehehe…
    Your next tour reminds me of the show The Un-Road Trip starring Mr. Boaz Frankel on his 12,000 mile trip without using gasoline powered modes of transportation check out the Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Un-Road_Trip And yes I watched every episode 🙂 Anyway he has been on The Sprocket Podcast before http://www.thepodcasthost.com/thesprocketpodcast/2014/04/30/e181-boaz-frankel-phillip-ross-pedal-powered-talk-show/ Anyway I am looking forward to your next tour.

    • Tim Mooney says:

      Yeah those cages serve as additional anchorage for the front rack… I’ll do a segment on the next show because it helps explain how I hacked an old rear rack to work on the front. Secret ingredient: hose clamps.

      The next tour definitely borrows elements from classic “weird rules” tours gone by… I’ll check out the un-road trip!

  2. Kameron Hurst says:

    Hey Tim! I’ve really enjoyed listening to your podcast lately. As of recent you have been mentioning your light weight hammock, which one do you have? I’m really intrigued by the idea of bringing one along on a tour.

    • Tim Mooney says:

      Hey, thanks for listening Kameron! I talked about the hammock in Ep 019 but I can’t recall if I went into the details of the brand. I got a Himal hammock (here it is on Amazon) and I’ve been really pleased with it. It’s about the size of a small melon when packed up and it’s quite light. It’s low profile enough that I can easily justify bringing it even if I’m not going to use it every night. It’s so nice to be able to put your feet up after a day of riding, plus it’s a sleeping option if the weather and bugs cooperate. Because my next tour (the nutty DC to Boston one) incorporates a night of stealth camping with a need for ultra-light, ultra-small gear, I think I’m going to be talking more about it next episode…

What do you think?