What’s happening in this photo just blows my mind.
Thursday, we hiked through parts of Rochester along the canal. At this point, the Erie Canal crosses the Genesee River. You’re going to have to use a little imagination and trust me a bit because this was the best shot I could get.
See the bridge toward the left? Underneath it is the Genesee River flowing northward toward Lake Ontario. Shift your view to the right and you can see where the Erie Canal flows east toward the Hudson River.
Now, to the far right, you can just see how the river comes in from that direction. However, to the left, you’re going to have to take my word for it that the canal comes in from that way.
Like two roads that junction and then continue their separate ways … but bodies of water don’t do that naturally. When two rivers come to a confluence, one larger river usually results.
Of course, the entire concept of the Erie Canal involved overcoming water’s natural tendencies, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise what it does here, too.
Yea!!! Thursday, for all 11ish miles, my feet didn’t hurt!! I think I’m finally getting used to this looooong walks everyday thing.
I said yesterday the segment we were walking would be a great one if you just wanted to walk a section, but, oh ho, today was even better!
The trail passed through real city parks (complete with portable toilets), and we got to see two of the locks on the canal.
Best of all, the Canal Lamp Inn is a lovely B&B right on our route next to a neat touristy row of eateries and shops along the canal called Shoen Place.
One word of warning about the trail today is that there is a detour right at Henrietta Street at the edge of Rochester. It was marked very well and really only took us out of our way about 10 minutes. It was actually an interesting route.
And one more thing, we saw so many carpets of blue wildflowers. Little tiny flowers of several different kinds (alas, no bluebonnets) – just breathtaking!