Finger Lakes tour - #6 - Watkins Glen to Ithica

Watkins Glen to Ithaca, 44 miles. Today we’ll enjoy a section of the new Catherine Valley Rail Trail before heading up into the beautiful hillsides. Heading east, we’ll ride through the tiny town of Odessa and past compact Cayuta Lake before gradually climbing the ridge toward the much larger Cayuga Lake. Spectacular views of the longest Finger Lake and the city of Ithaca are ours to enjoy before we make the exhilarating 900-foot descent into the city. We’ll climb partway back uphill on a gracefully designed street lined with gingerbread-cottage houses, gardens, and a set of switchbacks rivaling San Francisco’s famous Lombard Street. Cornell University sits atop the hill, and we’ll call indoor accommodations close to campus our home for two nights.

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97.846 km / 60.798 mi

Total Distance

903 m / 2,963 ft

Total Ascent

707 m / 2,318 ft

Total Descent

442 m / 1,450 ft

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