Diabetes Awareness Campaign: Trekking Along the Erie Canal.
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Saturday, October 27
St. Johnsville
Along the towpath.
Along the towpath
On Saturday morning, Jerie took me backwards so I could transverse the section that I had to jump over on Thursday, St. Johnsville to Canajoharie. It was an interesting ride up on the ridge over looking the canal and reminded me just how hilly this valley is. When just walking along a river or canal I was at water level where is easy to be fooled at the topography around me.
The Palatine hills.
The Palatine Hills
Unlike the long levels to the west, this area quite steep. It is known as the Palatine after the German immigrants who inhabited this area in 1723. They were refugees from a French invasion of the Palatine area of Germany. At first they went to Holland and then England. Soon after the English took over New Amsterdam from the Dutch, sent a group of Palatine German to Albany to distill pitch the abundant conifer trees and produce pitch. A couple of decades later their descendents moved up the Mohawk valley to take up farming.
Dutch Belted cattle.
Dutch Belted cattle
We passed a field of black cows with large white strips around their mid section. Jerie, who has a better sense of bovine husbandry than me, told me that they were called Dutch Belted. I quipped that perhaps they were the inspiration for the Half Moon cookies that were popular in the area.
Sign.
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Jerie left me off on the south side of the canal opposite St. Johnsville. The plan was to meet for in Canajoharie. Afterwards, we would try to get some photos of the sites I had missed because of the broken camera.
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The trail was for the most part along the old towpath except for a couple of miles of back road just west of Fort Plain. Another road turned toward the river and followed it along until to Lock 15 just east of Fort Plain. As I neared the lock, I spied a couple of workers coming out of a portable office. I walked up to them and introduced myself. They were astonished to learn that I had started out in Buffalo. I asked them how much longer would the canal stay openóonly two more weeks. They said that when the canal shuts down, the river depth drops considerably. The Barge Canal authority uses lock gates to minimize the canalís flow in order to reduce possible ice damage to the canalís components.
Trailer.
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After we met in Canajoharie, Jerie and I drove around taking some background photos. Then she left me off at the old train depot at Fultonville to get a couple more miles under my boots.
 
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