Finger Lakes tour - ride #5 - Bluff Point to Watkins Glen

Bluff Point to Watkins Glen, 46 miles. Today we will pass through the picturesque village of Hammondsport, located at the southern end of Keuka Lake. Sometimes referred to as “the cradle of aviation,” Hammondsport was the hometown of early aircraft engine designer Glenn Curtiss, who teamed up with the Wright brothers to build some of the earliest aircraft engines. We might take time to tour the aviation museum in the village, where we’ll learn that Curtiss was also a motorcycle and bicycle enthusiast. Also nearby are several wineries offering tours and tastings. Soon we’ll head out of town on quiet roads and loop around two of the least known and smallest Finger Lakes: Waneta and Lamoka. We will have a challenging climb up and over the ridge before enjoying a spectacular downhill into the town of Watkins Glen at the southern end of Seneca Lake. Watkins Glen became world famous as the site where Grand Prix auto racing took place through the streets of the village until a new hillside road race course was built in 1952. We will spend the night at one of the campgrounds in Watkins Glen.

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66.941 km / 41.595 mi

Total Distance

699 m / 2,293 ft

Total Ascent

820 m / 2,691 ft

Total Descent

458 m / 1,501 ft

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