Lord Baltimore Lion, Dr. Jeff Hilovsky of Sussex Eye Center will be riding the length of the Erie Canal Trail in New York from July 25 through July 31, a trip of 350 miles. Dr. Jeff will be accompanied by two other eye doctors, Dr. John Rigilano and Dr. Jeff Kontac.

Those wishing to make a donation in support of Dr. Jeff and the Lions Vision Research Foundation may mail a check to: Lord Baltimore Lions Club, P. O. Box 525, Ocean View, DE 19970.  Please write: "Ride for LVRF" in the memo portion.


Peace Bridge to Canada


Dr. Jeff Kontac and Dr. John Rigalano

Unexpected detour


DAY 2 - 65 miles of riding.  Lots of beautiful scenery.

Outdoor military museum in Buffalo

Niagara Falls

Visited Niagara Falls after dinner

House of bike supporters

DAY 3 - Greetings from downtown Weedsport, NY.  Another hot one...but with a BONUS.....we had MONSOONS also! Got moist from the rain, and that made it a bit more humid.  93+ today.  Hope tomorrow is a bit cooler.  We are into the Finger Lakes region now,  and had dinner in Seneca Falls, the home of the womens suffrage movement.  62 miles today, for a total over 160 miles so far. 

The trail that never ends.

Pittsford, NY canal waterfront

Bridge closed, but OK for cyclists to cross. Trail continues on other side of the canal.

Mural just outside Newark, NY

DAY 4 - What a difference a day makes....still hot, but less humid.  53 miles today, approx 210 miles of riding so far.  Rode through downtown Syracuse today, pretty city.  Lots of road riding today due to trail flooding, more trail closures for tomorrow's ride.

Art Deco Niagara Power building in Rochester


Aquaduct built into canal over river

Lord Baltimore Lion Dr. Jeff Hilovsky and trail markings


DAY 5 - 58 miles.  Trail breaks necessitated more road riding than desired, and poor signage and internet connections added to the frustration.  However, these speed bumps were bound to happen.  The day ended with smiles and wood fired pizza.  Huge hill climb tomorrow!

Half way point in ride




Little Falls, NY

Canal Inn

Dr. Jeff Kontac on top of canal lock in the pouring rain

Cohoes Falls

Cataract Street, yes Cataract Street (they must have known I was coming) ....just beside the Cohoes Falls.

Beginning or end of the Erie Canal at the junction with the Mohawk River north of Albany.

RCA Victor dog "Nipper" on top of a building in Albany

Done!  Finishing photo at the steps of the State Capital building in Albany


Done!  Just over 370 total miles as recorded by my Garmin bike computer.  Great ride into Albany, past the junction of the easternmost part of the Erie Canal and Mohawk River at the northern tip of Green Island.  Then onto Albany the state capital to finish.  

Thank you to my friends John and Jeff for their friendship and riding with me.  Much credit to Dr. Jeff Kontak for planning and logistics, and Dr. John Rigilano for much "reconnoitering" and history lessons along the way.  Great friends and  great fun.  When riding with friends the miles and long days of riding seemed to pass by quickly. We are already talking about our next riding adventure. 
Thank you to Lord Baltimore Lions Club for allowing me the opportunity to raise funds for the Lions Vision Research Foundation at Johns Hopkins, and thank you to all those who have supported this effort with donations.


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