The best way to see the Byway is at a slower pace.  No matter what time of the year, you always see something that you would not normally see through the windshield.

One such opportunity occurred recently with the Bike the Byway event.  This year it was a short casual ride focusing on the eastern end of the Byway.  Seven riders led by Jerry Burr with John Scherer providing historic interpretation and Carol Burr providing culinary support made a memorable experience with beautiful weather conditions.

Bike the Byway crew at Cohoes Falls.

Bike the Byway crew at Cohoes Falls.

Key stops on the ride included the fight of locks, the harbor and Peebles Island in Waterford; historic Van Schaik Mansion and the Falls in Cohoes; and the Church Hill Historic District in Halfmoon.

I think Carol Burr’s recipe for oatmeal cookies should have it’s own page in the Mohawk Towpath Byway cookbook.  She says they are easy.  “Start with a mix, but add an extra cup of oatmeal, cranberries, and white chocolate chips.”  I think her secret is a bit of cinnamon and cloves to make them so special for the Byway.

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