It was a beautiful ride out Rondout Creek. There are two additional Creeks on the west side of the Hudson going North. The first is Esopus Creek with Saugerties Light house at its entrance and the second is Catskill Creek.
The train station in Albany was slated to be demolished for a high rise but after objections at flatening the building it was redone and an addition was put on closely matching the original architecture.
Once through the Troy Lock, you can either continue North on the Hudson and enter the Champlain Canal or you can turn left for the Erie Canal as directed by the "Throughway" signs with speed limits.
The town dock is free and there is water, electric, bathrooms, shower, and a visitor's center with an internet connection. We arrived on Sunday, the last day of the steam boat festival. Here, we met John Callaghan in person for the first time.
We brought our bicycles along. There is a nice bike path that leads along the old canal tow path through Waterford. Eventually, it lead to open fields and to an area that smelled like it was near a treatment plant so be turned around there. The part by the railroad bridge and between the main drags in Waterford was the prettiest.
Val, the volunteer in the visitor center that day was a waitress at the Sunset Grille and she said that we could go there and mention her name and get a discount. It was located across the bridge south a block and east a block (5th Avenue, Troy). It was a moderate walk (some might call it a long walk). The outside didn't look great, but the food was good value.
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