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The Missing Link...

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Today's ride had to be a bit shorter than usual so I put my thinking cap on to come up with a short (24 mile) ride that would take me down some new roads and uncover some new sights.

A cyclepathic noodling thought of mine has been kicking around for a while related to Route 7, which I blogged about a while back.

Route 7 will take one from the Binghamton area pretty much up to Albany. On the southern end it runs to the NY / PA border.

However: there is a mysterious stretch northwest out of Binghamton where Route 7 seems to drop off the map. After messing around with Google maps I discover that it doesn't really disappear, however they merge it with Interstate 88 for a stretch around Hillcrest through Port Crane where it pops up again as its own road. This is fine for vehicles with motors...but what about us cyclists who aren't allowed on the interstate...?

My challenge today? Find the *missing link* which enables cyclists to ride out of Binghamton and pick up Route 7 to take up the northwest corridor of upstate New York!

Nowland Road would do the trick! So I routed a big loop which would take me down a stretch of Nowland Road and scope out how passable it was for cycling.

As I start out I cross the formerly drought-stricken, pebbly-dry Tioughnioga now filled to overflowing with one rain-soaked day:

View from the Route 79 bridge:

Our fall colors have already begun to fade with help from the rain bringing down the leaves. But our hills are still looking great on such a brisk 60 degree, sunny day!

Another view of the river from the side of 369 heading toward Port Crane:

Once in Port Crane I took Depot Hill Road up to Nowlan Road. Ya know...I shoulda known better than to think that Depot HILL Road would just be a little ol' hill...! OMG how that one went ON & ON at such an uphill pitch! I was mentally getting ready to throw in the towel and walk it on up, but somehow something clicked and I just kept grinding away at the pedals making my way to the very TOP! Woo Hoo! Boy do I ever know I'm back in upstate New York again! :-)

Nowland Road was my payoff...! Mostly flying downhill! Feeling just like a kid who's gone out to PLAY! Woo WEE WHOOSH! :-)

A few views of the wide open spaces way up there before I rode down:

So having found the missing link, I'm ready, at some unknown point in the future, to set sail toward Albany. I've gone as far as Oneonta...but now? I have more confidence in my capabilities on the road and I truly believe in my abiility to travel much greater distances. Albany would be 132 miles, around 12 hours of cycling. Nope probably not possible in a day, but then who knows...?

Wrapped up my cycling and went out picking apples at our local orchard. Nothing like a crisp, fresh, juicy Cortland just picked from the tree. 69 cents a pound for a few minutes of yummy joy! You can't beat it! Here's the view from our local orchard:

Looking forward to getting out with my son tomorrow before he heads back home after his whirlwind weekend visit home!

Hope everyone is having some special fun and good times with your loved ones this weekend!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHANGE4FIT 10/4/2010 11:34AM

    What a great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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DAYHIKER 10/3/2010 9:46PM

    A great blog and beautiful pictures! One of these days you're going to bike right by Judy (JLITT62) on one of her runs!!!! emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 10/3/2010 8:57PM

    Great Blog as always. If anyone could find the route you could.

Thanks for the great pictures also.


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CARRIE1948 10/3/2010 1:40PM

    Great snaps! Are you making these journeys on your own?

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FERRETLOVER1 10/3/2010 7:25AM

    Boy, Don, you are sure one heck of a great writer and picture taker. You made me feel like I was on the bike ride with you!

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JLITT62 10/3/2010 5:02AM

    Hey, I live right near Route 7 just north of Albany! Had no idea it went pretty much all the way to Binghamton (where my nephew goes to school). I've only lived here 1 1/2 yrs (tho I grew up in Poughkeepsie -- lived other places for a long, long time).

That's some ride!

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_VALEO_ 10/3/2010 2:56AM

    Glad you found the "missing link." Beautiful scenery, it's worth the ride... and the reward an apple from the tree, what else can we ask?

Have a great Sunday!

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ACIMPEGGY 10/2/2010 10:56PM

    Wonderful blog, Don. Fantastic photos, too. I especially liked the view of the river from the side of 369. You could sell your photos!

You're making me want to get a bike that goes instead of the elliptical stationary bike in my basement...wonder if my knees could still do it.

Thanks you so much for sharing our joy. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/2/2010 10:43PM

    what wonderful pictures .................
almost put us right there with you........
blessings and hugs............lita

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FRECKS96 10/2/2010 10:22PM

    Beautiful! What a lovely day for a ride (or a run!) Glad you enjoyed it. We're planning on apple picking soon too.

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JENNKHEALTH 10/2/2010 10:18PM

    What a gorgeous day! Thank you for sharing your ride with all of us.

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MORGANLAFEE 10/2/2010 10:10PM

    Gorgeous pictures.

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