Riding felt great, and I only had moments of regret when I saw other runners out that day. Darn it, I should be running. Stupid blister. I can try to be flexible, but I don't have to like it :)
Anyway, it turned into an interesting journey while I spent time training my butt to be ready for hours in the saddle. I had forgotten that my neck gets tired of looking up while biking, so it's good that I'm working on that too. I decided to explore the bike paths along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, so I rode down to Albany and then up to Watervliet and over to Troy. From there I went back and forth on several paths and roads, across Peebles Island, and around Waterford and Cohoes. There are a bunch of little paths near canals and I was excited to discover one of the locks along the Erie Canal:
You can even walk along the top of it (narrow walkway on the upper left of the photo):
More exploring, and further up the Erie Canal (above a lock with water in it) was this barge that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon:
I couldn't resist the name "Cohoes Falls Overlook Park" and was amazed to be rewarded with this view of the Mohawk River:
The rest of the bike trail toward Schenectady will have to wait for another day, which is great because I've got more bike training to do.
I rode back down to Albany and through Washington Park where there are starting to be signs of spring!
All day the birds were singing and I noticed buds on the bushes and green sprouting here and there. Yay for spring!
That evening I drove down to the NJ Ultra Festival race for an overnight volunteering gig so I have my 8 hours for the VT100. At least that part of the preparation for July is ready. Whenever I can run again, I can work on the rest of it :)
Seeing the 100-mile runners overnight was inspiring - so many people in good spirits and moving well. Congrats to all of you!
Next up = only 3 more days until John arrives!