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Lake George Bike Trail ~ May 8, 2014

Journal entry by Ken Gericke



29 bikers was the unofficial attendee count for the LGBT ride. In addition to our combined CC and adkezriders, there was also an ADK group, and the bike trail parking lot filled quickly. A sunny, warm, windless spring day was overdo, we lucked out, and took advantage. Well, not all luck. At my request, Peter had been doing his 'sun dance' (ps...not for the squeamish) for about a week prior to Thursday's event....thanks Peter.

The round trip from Queensbury to LG is about 16-17 miles, some challenging uphills and some sweet downhills. The pace was leisurely, the large group naturally getting stretched out, lots of friendly conversation, the smell of spring in the air, seasonal flowers beginning to appear.

The bonus for Thursday's outing was meeting with 2 of the NYS Museum archaeologists who have been working on a dig site adjacent to the Million Dollar Beach in LG. Late last summer, while doing a routine site impact inspection for new road construction by NYSDOT, the archaeologists discovered evidence of occupation dating back 8-10,000 years. Literally, thousands of artifacts have been uncovered spanning the French and Indian War era to the early archaic period....representing some of the first people to visit our beautiful lake.

Due to the ongoing road construction, we were not able to visit the actual site. However, near the northern end of the bike trail we could see the white tents, near the Million Dollar Beach parking lot, that cover the dig. We, the leading group of pedalers, pulled our bikes off the trail and were met by Erin, one of the NYS Museum archaeologists. Erin showed us a lime kiln from the French and Indian War, which is just off the trail. He explained, limestone was fired in this large kiln and then crushed to make mortar for use in the building of the never completed Fort George. As some of the bikers moved on toward our lunch stop, more riders would arrive and Erin would repeat his presentation...these guys were great!

Finally, all headed for Shepards Park in LG for lunch by the lake. Steve Moragne, from the NYS Museum joined us and gave a wonderful, informative talk about the dig, from the ancient history of the LG area, to how such sites are discovered and their preservation. While sifting at one of the early test pits, Steve actually found a 10,000 year old spear point...how exciting! This was a real treat for us 'history buffs', all happening right in our backyard.

I have sent a note expressing thanks and appreciation to Steve and Erin and add here Steve's email address if some would like to do the same. smoragne@mail.nysed.gov

So, after picnic and history, with the temperatures now near 70*, we head south again, making a short side tour of the LG Battleground Park, and a photo op by the bastion of Fort George. Back at the cars, 'So long!' and "See you next time.'....and a few of us drive over to nearby Sprinkles for an ice cream treat....I had a mango smoothie...mmm!

Ken

5/9/14 - Joanne Armstrong added 11 photos.

7/29/14 - Wanderer . added 6 photos.

29 photos



Just about ready to set out from Queensbury.



On the bike path headed north



Here they come.



Hey Kirk!



Hey Eric!



Karen is certainly enjoying the day.



Look Ma! No Hands!



Some of the lunch bunch.



Steve Moragne speaking at lunchtime.



Ray thought he could sell a few of these bikes!



Most of the group posing by the northeast bastion of Fort George.



John is holding down the fort!



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



Just a little "up" - Jim I, Harriet and Shelly - added by Wanderer



Seems like we are always having lunch - added by Wanderer



Overflow seating - added by Wanderer



Steve had everyone's attention - added by Wanderer



View from the lunch spot at Shepard's Park - added by Wanderer



Rest stop at the LG Battleground Park - added by Wanderer



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