May 19, 2018 – Lilac Run

May 19, 2018 – Doc Lilac’s Lilac Nursery Run

I think the time is right to check out the Lilacs!

From the Park and Ride – turn left on 96, then left on Garnsey, turn left on Turk Hill, then right on 31.  Turn right onto the parking area for Indian Hill.  Take whatever trail up the hill you want to up to the top.  Head over to the far side of the big open field and pick up the orange trail over to the pine tree farm.  Stay on orange out towards Turk Hill along the left side of the tree farm – and take the white trail on the right over to Doc Lilac’s Lilac Farm. The trail comes up to a farm lane – turn right, then after you pass a set of beehives, the white trail goes into the woods and up to the Lilacs. Enjoy the Lilacs and then head out  to Turk Hill to Garnsey and back to the basin.  Distance is about 9 miles.

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You can increase the distance by turning left on Turk Hill and then picking up the Crescent Trail off Turk Hill on the right after you pass by Beaumont.  Follow the Crescent Trail back to Garnsey then out to the Park and Ride

For mostly roads,

Stay on Rt. 31 beyond the parking area of Indian Hill– turn right on Thayer, right on Steele, cross over Turk into Beaumont, right on Neuchatel, right on Vineyard Hill, left on Garnsey and back to the basin.  Or turn right on Turk Hill and then right to go into the Lilac Nursery. Distance is 10 miles.

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For 11.2 – on Turk Hill continue heading north across Rt. 31. Turn right on Ayrault, then pick up the Perinton Bike Hike Way and turn right.  Turn right on Hogan, then left on 31.  Turn right onto Thayer and rejoin the 10 mile route.

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For 12.4 – stay on Turk Hill until you get to Pebble Hill Rd.  Turn right on Pebble Hill Rd, then right on Perinton Bike Hike Way and rejoin the 11.2 mile route.

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For 14.2 – take Turk Hill to the canal – get on the canal and head east, then cross over the canal to continue on the Perinton Bike Hike Way.  Take the Bike Hike Way all the way to Rt. 31.  Turn right on 31, then left on Thayer, rejoining the 10 mile route.

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May 12, 2018 – Modified Linear Park Run

May 12, 2018 – Linear Park Run- Modified

Marsh Rd Bridge is still out, but the towpath between Ayrault and Fairport has re-opened. To celebrate let’s run the Linear Park Run! I will not be there to get you started, but Dan has offered to fire the gun this week.

Turn right out of the parking lot, then turn right on Kreag. Turn left on 31, then get on the canal path and head out the towards Fairport.  Exit the canal onto O’Connor.  Turn left on Whitney.  Whitney will turn into Five Mile Line Rd.  Turn left on Rt. 441, then left into Linear Park.  Cross over Irondequoit Creek and head up the hill.  Turn left on Lincoln Mills, left on Linden then right on Bluff.  Turn left into Eyer Park.  Take the trail over to Midvale – turn left.  Turn right on Baird, left into BOCES, then take the trail around the back.  Turn right on O’Connor and then right on the canal exit the canal at 31 and retrace your route back to the parking lot.  Distance is 13.5 miles.

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For 12.1 miles, turn left on Linden from Whitney and then left on Bluff Dr., rejoining the main route

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For 9.5 miles – on Whitney – turn left on Baird, then left into BOCES, rejoining the main route

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For 7.8 miles – run the canal until you get to O’Connor, then turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

For 16.7 miles – follow the main route – at 441 continue straight on Five Mile Line Rd. Turn left on Whalen, then left on Clark. Next, turn left on Huntington Meadows, followed by a left on Panorama Trail. Turn left on Penfield Rd. Cross over 441 and enter Linear Park, rejoining the main route.

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May 5 – Daffodil Meadow

May 5, 2018 – Cartersville Trail to Auburn Trail to Daffodil Meadow

The main goal of this week’s run is to end up in the Daffodil Meadow to check out the Daffodils.

Turn right out of the parking lot and run 96 towards the Basin. Pick up the Cartersville trail between Marsh Road and the gas station (was Hess now Marathon. How appropriate!) Follow this trail along the south side of the canal past the coffee shop. Keep the parking lot to your left continue with the canal on your right. Stay on the trail until you are across from Knickerbocker. Cross over 96 and get on the Auburn Trail. This will bring you to Mill Road – bear right. Cross over Thornell to stay on the Auburn Trail – this will bring you to a driveway that leads to East St. Cross over East St and stay on the Auburn Trail

For 7.2 miles – turn left on Park Rd, then left on the Daffodil Meadow Trail just after the bridge crossing Irondequoit Creek. Enjoy the daffodils, then continue to Thornell. Take Thornell back to the basin and 96 back to the basin.

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For 8.9 miles – take the Auburn Trail across Railroad Mills to a left on Woolston. Turn left on Corduroy, then left on Park Rd, then turn right onto the Daffodil Meadow Trail. Enjoy the daffodils, then continue to Thornell. Take Thornell back to the basin and 96 back to the basin.

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For 10.7 miles – stay on the Auburn Trail until you get to the intersection with Probst. Turn left to go on Railroad Mills – run up the hill, turn left on Fishers Rd, left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, left on Park Rd, then right onto the Daffodil Meadow Trail. . Enjoy the daffodils, then continue to Thornell. Take Thornell back to the basin and 96 back to the basin.

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For 12 miles – stay on the Auburn Trail to Fishers Rd. Turn left on Fishers Rd, left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, left on Park Rd, then right onto the Daffodil Meadow Trail. . Enjoy the daffodils, then continue to Thornell. Take Thornell back to the basin and 96 back to the basin.

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For 13.2 miles – stay on Auburn Trail to Main St Fishers. Turn right, then right on Fishers Rd. Left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, left on Park Rd, then right onto the Daffodil Meadow Trail. . Enjoy the daffodils, then continue to Thornell. Take Thornell back to the basin and 96 back to the basin.

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For 15.7 miles – stay on the Auburn Trail to the Lehigh Trail. Turn right onto the Lehigh trail. At Wangum Rd, turn right , then left on Main St. Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, left on Park Rd, then right onto the Daffodil Meadow Trail. . Enjoy the daffodils, then continue to Thornell. Take Thornell back to the basin and 96 back to the basin

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April 28, 2018 – The Fishers Run

April 28, 2018 – The Fishers Run

The traditional Fishers Run, from the parking lot is 9.5 miles – Turn left onto 96, right on Park Rd.  Turn left on Corduroy, and then left on Woolston.  Turn right on Fishers Rd, then left on Main St. Fishers.  Turn left on Log Cabin, then right on Lower Fishers, and then left on Benson.  Turn right on Fishers Rd, then return thru Powder Mills Park (left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, right on Park Rd)  Turn left on 96 and back to the parking lot.

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Note: You can skip the Lower Fishers option by staying on Log Cabin. This shortens any route by 1 mile.

You can skip Powder Mills Park on the way back by staying on Fishers Rd to 96. This shortens any route by 0.5 miles

For 7.5 miles – take 96 directly to Fishers Rd. Left on Main St. Fishers, then left on Log Cabin. Stay on Log Cabin, then left on Benson, right on Fishers Rd, then left on 96.

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For 12.5 miles – start with the standard route. At Main St. Fishers, turn right, then take a left on Old Dutch. Turn left on 251, left on Wangum, then right on Main St Fishers, and rejoin the standard route.     

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For 16 miles – Start with the 12.5 mile route. When on 251, add a loop by turning right on Strong, left on Dryer, left on Willis Hill, left on 251, then rejoin the 12.5 mile route when you turn right on Wangum.

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April 21, 2018 – Gillis Rd

April 21, 2018 – Gillis Rd

All routes – turn left out of the parking lot and head up 96 to the Mall. Turn left onto High St Extension and then left onto High St.

For 12.1 miles – from High St, turn left on Gillis, then left on Cobble Creek Rd. Take the first two right turns to contine on Cobble Creek Rd. Turn left on Egypt Victor Rd, then left on Valentown. Turn right to head up Baker, then left on Steele. Cross over Turk Hill and continue on Beauclaire. Turn right on Neuchatel, right on Vineyard Hill, then left on Garnsey. Turn right on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 8.9 miles – from High St, turn left on Valentown, then left on Baker.  Left on Steele, cross over Turk Hill and continue on Beauclaire. Turn right on Neuchatel, right on Vineyard Hill, then left on Garnsey. Turn right on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 10 miles – follow the 8.9 mile route – when on Neuchatel, stay on Neuchatel all the way over to Moseley. Turn right on Moseley, then left on Garnsey, rejoining the 8.9 mile route.

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For 14 miles – Take Gillis past Cobble Creek. Cross over Egypt-Victor, then turn left on Blazey. Turn left on Richardson, left on Egypt-Victor Rd, then right on Valentown, rejoining the main route.

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For 16 miles – follow 14 mile route. On Blazey – continue on Blazey past Richardson. Blazey changes names to Daley. Turn left on Wilkinson, then left on Egypt-Victor, and rejoin the 14 mile route.

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April 14, 2018 – Run the Canal

April 14, 2018 – Run the Canal

An article in the paper indicated that the canal towpath is closed for 2 to 4 weeks between Ayrault and Perinton Town Park due to emergency canal repairs needed prior to the start of the summer boating season, which starts mid-May.  So runs in that direction are out. Never fear, I have come up with a route that puts us on the canal, with only a very small part that retraces last week’s route.

Turn left out of the parking lot. Turn left on Garnsey, then left on Sully’s Trail. Turn right on Kreag. Turn left on Rt. 31, then pickup the canal and run back towards Bushnell’s Basin. Follow the canal path until you get to the Cartersville Guard Gate, and turn right to connect with Marsh Rd. Turn left on Marsh, cross over Rt. 31, then turn left onto the old Trolley Trail. Follow this thru the Senior Citizen Complex, cross over 31, then turn left to follow the Auburn trail, cross over Mitchell, then turn left onto the canal. Retrace your route back to the parking lot – (right onto 31, right on Kreag, left on Sully’s Trail, right on Garnsey, right on 96)

Distance is 12.4 miles.

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For 7 miles, turn around on the canal where the path goes under Marsh Rd.

For 9 miles, turn around at the Great Embankment Park.

For 10 miles, turn around at the Cartersville Guard Gate.

For 14.6 miles, when the main route turn back on the canal from the Auburn Trail, turn right and run over to Schoen Place. Then turn around and return to the main route.

April 7, 2018 – Carterville Trail and the Springhouse

April 7, 2018 – Cartersville Trail and the Springhouse Run

Cartersville – An active shipping port on the Erie Canal.  Horses were changed here in the Towpath era. It was located near where East St intersects Rt. 96. The flood control gate is officially known as the Cartersville Guard Gate.

Let’s check out the trail that runs along the south side of the canal heading towards Pittsford. Most of the surface is short grass and relatively flat. I will be making use of this trail a lot over the next several months while Marsh Rd bridge is closed.

Turn right out of the parking lot. The trail starts on the right just past Marsh Rd. Pick up the sidewalk that runs behind the Hess Station. This section of the trail is actually part of the Crescent Trail – orange blazes. Follow the trail along the south side of the canal. You will see a parking area – the footpath will continue past the parking area. When you cross the Perinton/Pittsford boundary, the trail becomes the Cartersville Trail. The trail will take you over to Mitchell Rd, though around East St you will be running across open grassy areas. Trail weaves in and out of the woods between 96 and the canal. The last 100 yards or so before Mitchell you will need to run on the shoulder of 96. Turn right on Mitchell, cross over the canal and turn left onto the Auburn Trail. Just before Rt 31, turn left under the power line, then turn right on the canal.

Follow the canal path until you pass under the railroad trestle. Bear right onto the Town Highway Department road, then turn left onto a trail that will connect you with the Auburn Trail. Follow the Auburn Trail across French Rd, and stay on the Auburn Trail until you are across the street from the Springhouse. Cross 31 and pick up the old Erie Canal trail that runs behind Wegmans. Follow this across French Rd, to the Barge Canal. Turn left on the Barge Canal trail. When you get to the power line, retrace your steps back to the basin and the parking lot (Power line to Auburn Trail to Mitchell to the Cartersville Trail.

Distance is 12.5 miles.

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For 6 miles, follow the main route until you reach the power lines. Turn around and retrace your steps to the parking lot.

For 8 miles, follow the main route until you get to where the canal path reaches Main St in Pittsford. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

For 10 miles, follow the main route until you get to where the Auburn Trail crosses French Rd. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

For 15 miles – follow the main route. When you go from the Old Erie Canal to the Barge Canal, turn right on the Barge Canal. Run over to the JCC, turn around and head back to the basin.

March 31, 2018 – Knickerbocker and Thornell

March 31, 2018 – Knickerbocker Hill and Thornell

Start time – 6:30 am

All routes : Turn left out of the parking lot. Turn right on Park Rd, then right on East followed by a left Thornell. Turn right on Mill Rd. If the Auburn Trail looks runnable – bear left onto the Auburn Trail and follow that over to Knickerbocker. Otherwise, from Mill Rd, turn left onto East, then left onto 96 and left onto Knickerbocker.

For 10 miles – at the end of Knickerbocker, turn left onto Pittsford Mendon Rd. Then turn left onto Thornell, then right on 96 and back to the parking lot.

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For 11.4 miles – at the end of Knickerbocker, turn right onto Pittsford Mendon Rd. Then turn left on Mendon Center Rd. At Calkins, turn left to continue on Mendon Center Rd. Turn left on Barker, turn right on West Bloomfield, then left on Thornell. Turn right on 96 and return to the parking lot. (Returning thru Powder Mills Park makes the distance 12)

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For 13.6 miles – at the end of Knickerbocker, turn right on Pittsford Mendon Rd. Then go straight in the 4 way intersection onto Stone. Take Stone over to Clover. Turn left on Clover, then turn left on Calkins. Turn right on Mendon Center Rd. Turn left on Barker, turn right on West Bloomfield, then left on Thornell. Turn right on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 15.9 miles – at the end of Knickerbocker, turn right on Pittsford Mendon Rd. Then go straight in the 4 way intersection onto Stone. Take Stone over to Clover. Turn left on Clover, then turn right on Calkins. Turn left onto Pittsford-Henrietta Town Line Rd, then left on Lehigh Station Rd. Turn left on Clover, then right on Willard. Turn right on Mendon Center, then left on Barker. Turn right on West Bloomfield, then left on Thornell. Turn right on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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March 24, 2018 – High St and Fisher Rd

March 24, 2018 – High St and Fishers Rd

Start time – 6:30 am

Turn left out of the parking lot and head up 96 to the mall. Turn left onto High St.

For 9.4 miles – turn RIGHT (not left) on Willowbrook, then right on Rowley. Turn right on 96, then left on Benson. Turn right on Fishers Rd, then left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 10.3 miles – turn RIGHT (not left) on Willowbrook, then right on Rowley. Cross over 96 and continue on Main St. Fishers. Turn right on Fishers Rd, then left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 12.1 miles – turn RIGHT (not left) on Lane, then right on 96 followed by a left on 251. Turn right on Wangum, then a left on Main St Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Turn left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 13.1 miles – turn RIGHT (not left) on Lane, then right on 96 followed by a left on 251. Turn left on Cork, then right on Modock. Turn right on Willis Hill, left on 251. Turn right on Wangum, then a left on Main St Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Turn left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 15 miles – stay on High St into the Village of Victor. Turn left onto Main St, then right onto School St. Turn right on Dryer, then right on Cork. Turn left onto Modock. Turn right on Willis Hill, left on 251. Turn right on Wangum, then a left on Main St Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Turn left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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March 17, 2018 – Ayrault and Thayer

March 17, 2018  – Ayrault and Thayer

Start time – 6:30 am

Turn left out of the parking lot, then left on Garnsey and another left on Sully’s Trail. Turn right on Kreag. Cross over Rt. 31, then turn right on Ayrault. Turn right on Hogan, then left on 31. Turn right on Thayer. At the intersection with Bluhm, turn right to continue on Thayer. Turn right on Steele. Cross over Turk and continue on Beauclaire. Turn right on Neuchatel, then right on Vineyard. Turn left on Garnsey, then right on 96 and back to the parking lot. Distance is 11.1 miles.

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For 8 miles – on Ayrault- turn right on Turk Hill, then right on Garnsey. A right on 96 brings you back to the parking lot.

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For 9.3 miles – on Hogan – turn right on 31, then left on Turk Hill. Turn right on Garnsey, then left on 96.

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For 12 miles – on Ayrault go past Hogan and turn right on Mason. At 31, turn right, then left on Thayer, rejoining the main route.

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For 13.5 miles- stay on Ayrault to the end – turn right on Aldrich. At 31,turn right, then left on Thayer, rejoining the main route.

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