Okay, I know you’re wondering what the f’cowy are we doing in the US…wellll, let’s just say a $700 one way ferry ride to Newfoundland for a week’s riding was a tad steep so we are heading across northern US towards Niagara Falls for more Canadian riding…ok? Last night was a very wet night but today was a cloudy, muggy, perfect day for riding. Whilst doing cycling laundry this am, we discovered a colored, glossy “Bicycling Atlas” for the Herkimer and OneidaCounties. What a valuable map asset for promoting cycle tourism. We headed out through NewportTownship straight up 5 km of the steepest farming road I think I've ever cycled. All the cows were very impressed as they watched me grunt my way serpentining back and forth on the steep grade as I worked my way up into the drizzling fog of the mountains. Great ride down other side into Utica city returning Hwy 5 into town of Herkimer where we discovered the Erie Canalway Trail following the Mohawk River into Township of German Flatts where we rode through a full scale, living history re-enactment of the Civil War between the Union and the Confederates…holy crap!…had the beegeezus scared right out of me…shooting cannons and bayonet equipped rifles blasting everywhere…how bizarre these Americans are!!! We returned route 28 for an enjoyable 84 km ride along another section of West Canada Creek which is dressed in full spectrum, fall foliage.