Cycling through Life on the Towpath

The resplendent tugboat Urger. You can’t hear the clanging warning bell of the rising Fairport lift bridge, but it’s every bit as memorable as Urger.

From May to October, almost daily, I ride my bike on the Erie Canal towpath. Over the years, I’ve encountered an array of animals and adventurers there, which I’ve recorded with photos and saved in an album. Here are just a few.

 

Wistful or wary? A family of geese stare at the tour boat Colonial Belle as it heads from Fairport to Pittsford.

Wistful or wary? A family of geese stare at the tour boat Colonial Belle as it heads from Fairport to Pittsford.

A green frog and a box turtle are two of the many critters that make guest appearances on the towpath.

A green frog and a box turtle are two of the many critters that make guest appearances on the towpath.

Two canal boats and a sailboat head west from Lock 39 in Macedon.

Two canal boats and a sailboat head west from Lock 39 in Macedon.

A couple on a tandem bike join more than 500 bicyclists who make the annual 400-mile Erie Canal bike tour from Buffalo to Albany.

A couple on a tandem bike join more than 500 bicyclists who make the annual 400-mile Erie Canal bike tour from Buffalo to Albany.


 

story and photos by Derek Doeffinger