Intro Lesson: Cyclopedia is about exploring one’s environment, and with that in mind we set out to explore the Erie Canal path heading west. There was an emphasis on observation and documentation with cameras and writing.
Word of the Day: explore (L. ex- ‘out’ + plorare‘utter a cry.’)
Trip: We departed the Club around 11am and headed west on Arnett to catch the canal path where it crosses Chili. Along the way one of our bikes revealed an inability to keep air in the back tire. That’s no good. Fortunately, Jayarr was able to go back to the club and return with a fresh bike in his van and we proceeded along.
We took a break at the abandoned lot between Chili and Buffalo Roads, near the Amtrak railroad and EXPLORED. Lots of rocks to climb, scrubby vegetation and Rondell found a snail shell. Johnathan scraped his hand on the rocks and we used nearby lamb’s ear leaves to dress the wound with electrical tape. The riders practiced their animal and bird calls; though they were unsuccessful in attracting any critters they simultaneously warded off any attacks on our party, notably from the canal dragons–rumored to slither about these regions.
Further along we saw folks fishing below the 490 overpass. Hope they don’t catch any dragons. We took another break near some abandoned rails and the riders checked out the remains of some sort of shed that had been stripped of its working parts. Rondell showed off his math magic skills and the twins took photos of graffiti on the path.
Smooth sailing on the way back aside from Shawn and Jayarr’s tumble when their bikes got caught. While the group waited we talked with neighbors interested hearing about Cyclopedia at the Club. Silver lining.
Leaders: Shawn Brown, Cappy Collins, Duke Kiner, Bridget Lang, Jayarr Steiner, Don Totten
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