Friday's Route (our last overnight)

Fri. 8/3/18 – Herkimer - Johnstown 

(altered for 2018) 73 miles or 54 miles
 

Today we'll crisscross the Mohawk River Valley, where  we'll see stunning views of the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains to the north, and to the south the beginnings of the Catskills Mountains.

 

We'll start the morning riding up and past the giant 350' wind turbines, and then coast back down to the river.    Canajoharie is an Iroquois name for "the pot that washes itself"  due to a circular gorge just outside of town.  For us, Canajoharie means "decision point" to either stay on the State Bike route in the valley for the option to save 17 miles, or climb again with the route for more incredible views and the chance to see Auriesville Shrine.

 

During the 1640's three Jesuit missionaries were martyred near Auriesville. Today the site is comprised of 400+ acres of flowered landscapes and lawns. Five chapels, two museums, outdoor Stations of the Cross and Visitor Center provide places for prayer, reflections and enjoyment.

 

Johnstown is our last overnight town.  It's history connects back to our Tuesday route, when we visited the Women's Museum.  Elizabeth Cady Staton, who worked together with Susan B. Anthony in Seneca Falls, is a hometown hero pictured in Johnstown's murals. Talk a 1 mile walking cell phone tour in downtown Johnstown to learn more about this impressive woman.

 

77 or 54 miles (route may be subject to change)

 

Johnstown Bike Store: The Bike Works