August 28, 2004, Author: speljamr, Leave a comment

The Genesee Valley Greenway: Part II

Categories: Biking

Today’s bike journey is through the 6.7 miles of the Genesee Valley Greenway that starts in Letchworth state park (Portageville entrance, east side of the gorge). The trail starts out pretty flat, but later has a few more twists and turns. At 2.2 miles I had to take a detour on Williams Road that returns to the trail at Short Tract Road. This detour has been in place for a couple of years due to beaver dams that flooded the trail. The trail ends at Pentagass Road just after passing through Triple Creek Golf Course; the trail through the course is also used by the golf carts.

At this point I turned around to begin the return trip. I guess I should have looked over my shoulder on the outbound trip, because I got one hell of a surprise when I did turn around: a rather large thunderstorm heading my way. And now the adventure really began.

I put the pressure on and ramped up my speed to get back to the car as fast as possible. That managed to get me half way back before the deluge started. Next thing I knew I was biking through mud with lightening coming down on either side of me. I just kept biking, figuring I’d get just as wet, but closer to the car if I kept going. I could barely see through the steam accumulating on my glasses.

When I get back the first thing I’m going to do is buy some rain gear for the next bike trip.

On one final note, if you are looking for info on some of these trails pick up the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Guidebook – New York. I think I’m going to have to pick up a new copy myself since the one I own got a little wet on this latest expedition.

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