The photographs that follow offer a glimpse into a bike trip I took during the summer of 2014 from Cambridge, MA. to Aliquippa, PA., just north of Pittsburgh. The ride covered approximately eight-hundred miles in eleven days and I was accompanied by Beth, across Massachusetts, and my father from Albany to my grandma's house in Aliquippa. While the main attraction was meant to be the three-hundred mile corridor of the old Erie Canal, I found my attention piqued by the cultural and natural margins that surround this now abandoned and swampy pathway. The working infrastructure, industrial ruins, and varied architecture that punctuates this landscape seems stranded without the rail and canal networks that once enabled the region to thrive. Such features are often out of sight when traveling by highway and I recommend the pace and labor of bike travel to anyone who wants to grapple with the scale and material of this environment.

My medium of choice when traveling is film photography and the compact Fuji 645 medium-format camera has the perfect size, durability and automation for bike work. Though one has to be patient to see the results, both the quality of images and the excitement of making discoveries weeks later make film worth the wait.

A selection of my photographs and the above write-up—which now reads as strangely formal and pretentious, but I didn't feel like changing it—appear in the second issue of The Graduate Journal of Food Studies.

Brookfield, Massachusetts

Winsor Dam at Quabbin Reservoir, MA

Windsor State Forest, MA

Pownal, Vermont

The Hudson River, Cohoes, New York

The Mohawk River, Niskayuna, N.Y.

Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation, Canajoharie, N.Y.

East Canada Creek, East Creek, N.Y.

Little Falls, N.Y.

Ledge Road, Corfu, N.Y.

Lake Shore Drive, Dunkirk, N.Y.

Green Hills, N.Y.

Andover, Ohio

Williamsfield, OH

Patagonia, Pennsylvania

Pulaski, PA.

The Ohio River, PA

In July and August of 2013 I spent four weeks riding a bike, ferries and buses through the Maritime Provinces of Canada and northern Maine. I was joined by a seasoned rider and outdoorsman, Ben Taylor, and together we rode just over 1000 miles around the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. While we often set up camp after dark and ate whatever calories we could find in gas stations, it was difficult to refuse the extreme generosity of the Canadians who invited us into their homes and campsites, shared their knowledge of local history and lore, and kept us up late into the night with acoustic sing-a-longs and whiskey. We traveled with two heavy B.O.B. steel trailers, fifteen rolls of 120 film, and a variety of boil-in-bag Indian delights provided by Tasty Bite—which lead to our coining of the hashtag: #tastybike. Overall, Ben was patient with my amateur riding and frequent photo stops, the results of which follow below:

The tour along our course moves clockwise from Rimouski, Québec to Bar Harbor, Maine.

Beth drove me and Ben to the Port of Rimouski where we boarded a ferry/container boat that carried us for four days along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence. Along the way, the "Bella Desgagnés" stopped in twelve ports to deliver provisions and passengers before arriving at Blanc Sablon: the easternmost community in Québec, on the boarder of Labrador. This ship runs regularly and its services are critical beyond Natashquan, which is the terminal community of the highway Route Jacques Cartier 138.

Havre-Saint-Pierre, Québec

Natashquan, Québec

Harrington Harbour, Québec

Tête-à-la-Baleine, Québec

La Tabatière, Québec

Blanc Sablon: the easternmost community in Québec and ferry-port for crossing to Newfoundland.

Flower's Cove, Newfoundland

St. Anthony and L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

The house at the end of the road. (the nothernmost point in Newfoundland)

River of Ponds, Newfoundland

Cow Head to Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Deer Lake and Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Bayfield Beach Road, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Truro to Digby, Nova Scotia: along the Bay of Fundy to the ferry-port for Saint John, New Brunswick

Crossing the Bay of Fundy

St. John, via Letete and Deer Island, New Brunswick, to the Canada U.S. border crossing at Lubec, ME

Good Harbor Beach

July 19, 2013

Wesquage Pond Wildlife Refuge, Bonnet Point Rd.

Wellfleet, MA.

Cape Cod National Seashore: Provincetown, MA.

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station: Race Point, Cape Cod

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