|I was pleased to see restaurants pop up along the trail.|
I brought my bike along on an overnight camping trip with our boys and my parents. I woke by 6:20 and was on the bike by 6:30, planning to re-explore a trail from Lake George to Glens Falls in New York, a place I haven't been to in 10 years. After a false start, grunting up and down a steep paved portion, which turned out to be a golf course motorway (watch out for the carts!), I got back on track.
I headed towards Glens Falls, specifically to explore the more rustic Feeder Canal Trail. I'd run out of time years ago and had to turn back, just when I discovered this lovely oasis.
The surface is smooth stone dust and, as it's name implies, follows a narrow canal.
|I wished I could've captured all the "ducks in a row".|
I spooked two rabbits, a grazing woodchuck, and several ducks all lined up along the canal wall, as if convening for a morning conference before swim time. One brave soul stood his ground while I snapped his photo and remained when I rode past.
The trail crosses some bridges.
|Griffin Oil Tanks.|
This historic canal was once constructed for the lime industry; to move cargo from processing plant to New York City. There are remnants of a huge lumber company's buildings also, plus coal storage tanks undergoing preservation. I imagine Glens Falls was once an industrial city and the canal a noisy, dirty waterway.
A cement factory still hummed nearby. I crossed under a web of pipes.
I took care when cruising near the unprotected canal edge.
Historical signs line the trail.
|A cement factory in the distance, busy on a Saturday morning.|
New housing is nearly complete, signifying renewed appreciation for the area.
The falls are accessible by car for picnics or strolls along the trail.
The canal is overgrown in places, leaving foliage tunnels.
I crossed a cement bridge and ended my foray at a T-junction, approximately 3-miles along the Feeder Canal Trail. I turned around here, hungry for breakfast with 7-8 miles to cover back to the campground.
|Turn right to continue to Fort Edward.|
However, there are more miles to explore; connectors right and left lead to other communities. So many trails, so little time!