The vistor center is located on a ridge that looks over most of the park and battlefield.
What a beautiful bicycle! Did I tell you that the owner of my LBS told me that mine was the most beautiful Brompton he had sold. :)
This was part of the American fortifications overlooking the road and the Hudson River.
Wheels certainly have changed in 240 years.
The ride was about 17 km, but took a while, because I kept stopping to read the information posted along the way. The sun shone. The leaves had just started to turn. There was a light wind, and temperatures of around 60F (15C). The road was paved and smooth with only moderate hills. I didn't need 1st or 6th, but used the all of the others. I had been concerned that shifting the two systems, derailleur and hub gear would be confusing and difficult to learn, but that was silly. I figured it out very quickly and the bicycle is really very forgiving.
It was still early when I finished. On the entire loop I had seen no one else but two cars, one of which was the park service. Calm, peaceful, and relaxed on a British made bicycle. A significant difference to the carnage of the battles: 500 American and 1200 British casualties over the course of 3 weeks.
After an easy fold back in to the boot of my car, I drove down to Albany for a second visit at the LBS. Before the visit, I parked near the shop, and took a fast run down the hill to visit a favorite pub of mine. Stopping for a photo op at the New York State Education Department building. I'm sure I was having more fun than anyone working there. And I know a few working there that would have wished to be where I was going!
The Albany Pump Station is a converted.. pump station.. that years ago fed water to the city out of the Hudson river. Now, fortunately, the city gets its water from other place. I didn't have too much time, so it was a quick pint.
The bicycle nestled nicely next to my stool at the bar. :)
Just as I was getting up to leave, a tour bus showed up and disgorged many gray-haired people wearing name tages and labeling them as part of Jubilee Tours from Abilene, Texas. There were so many that they clogged the hostess stand and the doorway and spilled out on to the front steps. I had to "excuse me" my way through the crowd, caring the bike and dodging the people standing on the walk. Outside, I quickly unfolded to a growing buzz of interest from the Texans. I got on and pulled away and a few (apparently easily impressed folks) applauded. That's the first time this fat old man has been celebrated for just riding a bicycle!
After the visit with at my LBS, I drove back to Syracuse. I had an appointment at the Apple store to sort out a problem with my MacBook Pro, and I had made arrangements to meet family for dinner. Last week, this would have meant that we would drive two cars to get it all done. Instead, I rode the bike to the mall, folded it up, and rolled it through to the Apple store. Dropped the computer off, rolled the bike back through the mall and out. Quick and easy.
For the ride to dinner where I was to meet my others, I was able to use the Creekwalk path that leads from the mall to Syracuse's small restaurant and bar area. Glad I was wearing glasses; the gnats were out in force and provided a small appetizer.
I like how this works! And I was able to put in a lot of miles. Life is good!