Rough Draft: Genesee Valley Greenway Trail at Cuba, NY

So who doesn’t have goals or resolutions on 01 January? A couple of mine always focus on health and walking. I WILL get so many steps a day, etc. New York State Parks do First Day hikes across the state so I registered us (two humans, one dog) for the hike in nearby Cuba.

The Genesee Valley Greenway Trail is a rail trail, which means it’s flat and wide. That’s my kind of trail. It goes for approximately 90 miles but the Cuba section is just short of 1.5 miles. It runs adjacent to the former Genesee Valley Canal, and was also once part of the Pennsylvania Railroad as well.

The weather was supposed to be dry and mild. It didn’t quite work out that way. But it’s a round trip of just under 3 miles and if the wind is hitting your face on your way out it’ll be behind you on the way back. I think there were about 35 of us and half a dozen dogs that braved the stinging sleet. We even saw a beaver swimming in the nearby Griffin Creek!

After, we were treated to finger food provided at the Palmer Opera House on Main Street in Cuba. I’d not been in it before, and it was startling to see how rundown it had become before restoration and rehabilitation began in 2006.

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