Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Walk - Mohawk River Bike Path.

Just a casual stroll, actually. Today's rain ended earlier than expected, and the afternoon became partly sunny and over 50F, so I needed to get out and do something. I always get overly optimistic and impatient this time of year about getting back on the bike, so I decided to check out the condition of the bike path. It's not quite ready for prime time yet, with lots of icy patches and miscellaneous twiggy winter debris.

When I got to Lock 8, after about a mile, the remnants of the 5-mile-long ice jam of a few days ago were everywhere to be seen. The Mohawk River was still running fast and high, but a good 7-8 feet lower today than at its earlier crest, leaving ice blocks stranded high and dry. Some of these were as big as cars, like the one in the lower right picture below. For scale, the slab in the foreground in that shot is about a foot thick, as were most of the others.

So, no biking out there for a while yet, but spring will be here soon. Of course, now is also probably about the time for an aggravating late winter storm.

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