Erie Canal (NY) – 2011
I purchased my 26″ folding hybrid for this trip. You could only take a folding bike on the Amtrak Empire Line. The western half of the trail was great, but the eastern half was in rough shape with some missing sections. This was exacerbated by Hurricane Irene, which flooded out the Mohawk Valley just before I arrived back in Albany.
This the song that kept running though my head while I pedaled. I checked at a bunch of tourist trap along the way to find one of those miniature NY license plates with the name “Sal” on it. No luck. I think they’re missing the boat, so to speak.