Sunday, November 8, 2009

Jury Duty Has Its Privileges

It was a call to perform Jury Duty which brought me home from Atlanta, GA and I was able to slip one last ride along the Erie Canal before Old Man Winter covers this whole region with a blanket of snow. The Erie Canal connects Lake Erie with the Hudson River along approximately 363 miles of artificial waterways. Construction of the canal began in 1817 and was completed in 1832. Back in the day the Erie Canal was immensely successful. The railroads, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the New York State Thruway sealed the Erie Canals commercial demise. In the 1990’s the Erie Canal received a major overhaul and now is a recreation way which consist of mostly pleasure boats.


  1. Dear Rob:

    There are times when I just wish there was more to read in a ride report. I enjoyed this commentary a great deal. I am former resident of the Lake Placid Region, where I lived for 18 years. I now ride and reside in southeastern Pennsylvania.

    The architecture in the second picture. Brockport, reminded me of structures in Saranac Lake. I like your Shadow. Now I am compelled to look at he maps to see what parallels the Erie Canal, and what kind of a ride I can get out of it.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  2. Jack,
    Last year I took a 3 day ride through Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and then ended my journey in Lake George. That is perfect country up there. I lived in Colorado for 10 years and I truly believe that Upstate New York is as pretty as Colorado. Its just my opinion and many would tell me that I was wrong but I am sticking to my story.