Day 45: Syracuse to Utica, NY

58 miles, 1119 feet climbed

We postponed our departures from 7:15/7:30 to 9:00/9:15 due to the short distance. To our surprise as well as staff’s tonight’s hotel manager announced that he only had 11 of the 31 rooms we’d reserved. He did arrange for the rest at a hotel .7 miles away. I was one of the riders so relocated. Most, if not all, of the staff was assigned rooms in the original hotel. I suppose that is necessary logistically but it does complicate things for the rest of us. We needed to be shuttled back to the original hotel for dinner. And in the morning we have to have our luggage packed and out for pickup by 6:15 am, an hour later. Then we ride our bikes to the original hotel for breakfast and sit around for departure at 7:15/7:30.

Greystone Castle-Canastota
Canastota’s Basin. Bob and I both recalled this vantage from the North 2019 tour
Barge canal near Utica
Bike path along barge canal (not part of our route)
Further along the barge canal
Downtown Utica from alternative hotel