As with most adventures, there are highlights and lowlights. My adventure was no different.
One of the highlights I want to call out is the kindness and generosity of the docents at the Erie Canal Museum near Syracuse NY. They invited me in even though the museum was closed, fed me the best pulled pork I've ever had, and Linda Vishnesky offered to transport Stanley and me across town to the DeWitt Canal Trailhead. I had heard, and she knew, that navigating through Syracuse to get to the DeWitt is a nightmare. The lowlights? I've already forgotten them.
My mileage came in at just over 700 over the course of 18 days' riding. I don't know if I'd say it was "fun" although there were fun and joyful moments. It was an adventure and I don't regret one minute of it. I think I used everything I brought and only forgot bug spray and sunscreen. Most valuable piece of gear - my .5 lb Helix chair. Most useless piece of gear - 20 feet of cable I thought I would use for securing my bike and panniers. Never unrolled it.
Would I do it again? Well maybe, but why? There are so many new places awaiting discovery. With that, I must organize for my next adventure which leaves in a few days, to North Macedonia for mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. Stay tuned!