Chittenago, New York is the birthplace of Frank Baum who wrote numerous books Oz, including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In his honor, they paved the sidewalk along Main Street with yellow bricks.
On our cycling tour, the weather turned a bit cool and cloudy for a few days and one day was pretty wet. We found ourselves arriving in towns well before we could check into our lodging for the night, so we started finding local diners for a hot cup of coffee and a slice of pie. Over the course of the week, I had slices of peanut butter-chocolate, blueberry, coconut cream, cherry and apple pie. Good times. Here are some diners and I even managed to photograph one slice of pie before consuming it.
Some building seem to demand to be painted. This one, in Utica New York, was one such building. It was taller than anything around it, had the sign painted on a significant portion of the side, and contrasted well against the sky. I was compelled to stop and make an image or two and chose it over others to post today.
There is a wonderful rhythm to the day when you’re cycle touring. You get quite efficient at packing your panniers in the morning. Then, after a bit of breakfast, you are off for a new place with adventures in between. There is always something to see, explore and/or photograph.
People see the bikes and panniers and ask “How far are you going?”
“Canajoharie by tonight and Albany by Tuesday” you reply
By late afternoon, you find where you’ll stay for the night. You clean up and walk or cycle (no cars on this trip) to a local restaurant for some good food and a beer or two. Then after riding all day, the sleep comes easy. The next day, you repeat with new people, places and adventures.
In 1930, H.P. Sears opened this gas station in Rome, NY. It provided gas and other services to the local citizens until the 1970s. Rather than sell the property, the family kept it boarded up until 2006 when they restored it and opened it as a museum to show the way service stations once looked. It is a fun stop to make as you travel through upstate New York.
In the early part of the 20th century, technological improvements allowed the Erie Canal to be rerouted through rivers as it traversed from Lake Erie at Buffalo to the Hudson River to the east. That canal exists today as part of the New York State Canal System. It is a much larger canal than the old Erie Canal and serves mostly recreational boaters and tour boats, though some cargo still flows along the canal. At times, our cycling path met up with the modern canal. Here are a few photos.