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THE CANAL THROUGH TIME: DAY 7 - CANAJOHARIE to NISKAYUNA

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For many years, Congressman Paul Tonko has enthusiastically greeted riders on Day 7 as they arrive in Amsterdam to take in the view from the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook. He was happy to share this video with us describing the remarkable structure that provides a memorable stop and ideal photo opportunities for cyclists.


SCHOHARIE CROSSING STATE HISTORIC SITE

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If you're interested in the history of the Canal, and New York State , don't miss Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter. It's the only remaining site with visible remnants of all three eras of the Erie.Canal, including a two-mile segment of the original "Clinton`s Ditch" and the evocative remains of the 1850's Schoharie Creek Aqueduct. Take a deep breath and take in the beauty of the site - the tour is almost over.


Take a virtual tour of the Pathway to Empire exhibit
at the Schoharie Crossing Visitors Center


MOHAWK VALLEY GATEWAY OVERLOOK

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Take a quick detour off the trail in Amsterdam to visit the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge. This striking pedestrian bridge, named one of the "Great Places in America" in 2019, mimics the natural curved shape of the river. Decking along the bridge pays homage to Amsterdam's neighborhoods, while along the railings are art installations that tell stories of Amsterdam, Native American history, and the Mohawk River.


AMISH COUNTRY

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As you traverse the Upstate countryside during the tour, look for tracks of buggy wheels in addition to bicycle wheels. The yellow horse and buggy traffic signs indicate pockets of Amish settlements. Stop at a lemonade stand run by Amish children and try some of the home-made baked goods. They're usually so good that you might want to take some with you. Each year they join the numerous communities along the way to happily welcome cyclists passing through their region.


HISTORIC STOCKADE NEIGHBORHOOD

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The oldest residential neighborhood in the country, Schenectady’s Stockade Neighborhood contains 40 homes that are more than 200 years old. First settled in 1661, and rebuilt after the Schenectady Massacre of 1690, the area served as a thriving fur-trading outpost and industrial and commercial center before becoming the residential area it is today. The first Historic District in the state, the neighborhood features a diversity of architectural styles - and it’s close to shopping, restaurants, and more in Schenectady’s resurgent downtown.



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