Experience the Byway

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Experience the Byway

I swear every day on the Mohawk Towpath Byway is an experience.  Maybe that’s why I am so passionate about this volunteer position.

I walked into Fleet Feet, Albany with two things on my mind: to purchase a new pair of running shoes and to talk to the owners about sponsoring the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon on October 19, 2014.  While Charles Woodruff combed his inventory to find the shoe to fit my running style he asked me to meet Deena Kastor.  Now for you less pedantic*, Deena Kastor could run the length of the designated Byway route, all 26.2 miles in less than 2 hours and 20 minutes.  Deena won an Olympic bronze in Athens in 2004.  Having a chance to chat with Deena was my Byway experience for the day.

Can we build a Byway experience for you?

I think we can!  Whether it is volunteering for a roadside cleanup, cutting back some brush to revel a centuries old limestone wall, listing to a narration on the cell phone based tour, or a formal Erie Canal Experience.  I hope you have more than 2 hours and 20 minutes for your Byway experience, but if you don’t I hope yours is authentic and memorable.

I hope to see you on the Byway.  Come and share your Mohawk Towpath Byway experience right here in our back yard.


* I like that word, because it has the the “prefix” of “ped” meaning “foot,” although the etymology of the word “pedantic” is entirely different.

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