The Erie Canal Walk – Day Ten ~ Lock 21 to Canastota

More rain…

Today we walked 14 miles to the town of Canastota. This was also the day we would pass 650 or so bicyclists on the annual “Bike the Erie Canal” ride, which begins in Buffalo and ends in Albany. The morning sky was clear and blue. As we dried the tent before packing it away, we were alone at the lock, except for our constant companions, the Canadian Geese. We set off at about 7:30 am.

We passed many farms and corn fields.

Aaron next a corn field
Aaron next to a corn field

This area is known as “The Long Level.” I think you should be able to read why in this picture.

The Long Level
The Long Level

Around noon, the sky let loose and soaked us to the bone. Luckily, we had had the sense to stash our electronics in our packs and put our backpack covers on before the rain began. We only had time to don rain jackets before we were totally soaked, shoes and all. We are spending two nights in Canastota just to dry out. My sleeping bag got wet from water running between me and my pack. We passed many soaked bicyclists too…all with big smiles. Seems we should get soaked like this once in a while. Once we accepted what was happening, and that there was nothing we could do but keep going, it was kind of fun…kind of.

Next steps…

We will go to Syracuse in the morning and stay at the youth hostel there for two nights.There’s an Erie Canal Museum we’d like to visit. Canastota has one too that we’ll visit today.

Thank you for all your comments and words of support. They always uplift us! This is a challenging walk, peppered with some amazing places and people, which we have said, more than once, “make it worth the effort.”

In gratitude,


4 thoughts on “The Erie Canal Walk – Day Ten ~ Lock 21 to Canastota

  1. Lisa Yates July 15, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Ann and Aaron – amazing walks and pictures. LOVE your description and videos/pictures of the rain, frogs and geese. Glad the humidity isn’t getting too bad – have been worried about that for you. Happy you are taking a couple of days in Syracuse to rest and dry out. Love you, Lis and Fred


    • bellinghamwalks July 15, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Hey Lis and Fred,
      Have had a lovely day in the canal village Canastota. Went to the museum and strolled about town. Very nice people too. Love you!


  2. Julie Selleck July 15, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } What beautiful scenery and beautiful words. I ALWAYS look forward to your posts because I get to learn some history and read about your joy and your challenges.  Thank you for taking the time to share this amazing adventure. ❌⭕️

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


    • bellinghamwalks July 15, 2016 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks Jules…It takes a bit of time to figure it all out (the blog) and remember all we want to say. I’m so glad it’s all making sense! Love you lots, Ann


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