Not all perfect

IMG_1186Saturday’s walk was, by most standards, just disappointing, but first, the photo.

A few blocks from our motel, we came across a barbecue cook-off in Clinton Square, as Leah talks about below. After scarfing down a pulled pork sandwich, I snapped a pic of the Jerry Rescue monument and read its history. It’s yet another example of the people’s rights fervor that was found in this area, but the story is more than I can convey here, so follow this link to read about it.

One thing that we’ve thought to be pretty much a surety in upstate New York has been the presence of sidewalks within towns. Therefore, we felt pretty good about Saturday’s hike even though almost the entire 11.5 miles was along city streets.

The disappointment was in just how wrong we were.

Not only were there so few sidewalks, but there were many passages that were unnerving. More than once, we went out of our way to cut through parking lots just for a breather.

At one point, we moved away from the road to sit on a low wall at a church driveway. While there, a man in a motorized chair passed down the drive and headed onto the side of the road, literally teetering while clinging to the drop-off, something he obviously did with familiarity.

So, if you’re considering walking this way, re-evaluate taking Genesee Parkway from Camillus into Syracuse. There may not be a better option, but at least be mentally prepared.

Leah’s notes

Today was 10 miles of suburbs (Walmart, Michaels, Lowes, Target, and more … and I had no room in my backpack!) and 1.5 miles of old downtown.

The old buildings in downtown Syracuse are early 1800s and big; many are drastically repurposed and some restored.

A nice surprise downtown was the big BBQ cook off. The city closed some roads and the old Clinton’s Square was full of BBQ cookers, eaters and live music. We had pulled pork sandwiches from a food truck that was from the Limp Lizard Bar and Grill (limplizardbbq.com).

Well, New Yorkers can make good BBQ. They also put it on good bread.

In the winter, Clinton’s Square becomes an ice rink. And by the way, the square is a filled in portion of the old Erie Canal, so as the sign at the square said “ice skaters can once again glide across the ice as they did in the early 1900s.”

I don’t think we’ll come back up here for that.

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