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Albany to Buffalo - are winds an obstacle?
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bikegal from Kane, PA on 09/15/2020 09:29 PM
Hello! I was planning to bike from Albany to Buffalo because that works better with my travel plans, but I've read about westerly winds being worse this way. Is that the case? Does it make much of a difference? I'm planning to ride the first week in October. I could rearrange my trip if that is advisable, so I'm curious!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 09/16/2020 08:43 AM
Generally, the wind goes W-E but it’s not always the case and not guaranteed.

The only thing to do is keep an eye out for the forecast and see if there’s any pattern to the winds and change trip direction if it looks like you’ll get better winds going another way.

 
Yankee John from Vermont on 09/16/2020 09:52 AM
The prevailing wind is not much of a factor on the eastern part of the trail because it is heavily wooded and it mostly follows a low corridor with an escarpment on both sides so the wind tends to swirl in the depression. Much of the western part of the trail, roughly from Spencerport to Lockport, is elevated from the surrounding terrain and very exposed. It can really be a slog on a hot sunny day riding west into a strong westerly wind. Unfortunately the Army Corps of Engineers cut down most of the large trees in this section several years ago because they were a threat to the integrity of the canal. New trees are still small and not as close to the edge of the canal so there is little shade and little protection from the wind.


Albany to Buffalo - are winds an obstacle?
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bikegal from Kane, PA on 09/15/2020 09:29 PM
Hello! I was planning to bike from Albany to Buffalo because that works better with my travel plans, but I've read about westerly winds being worse this way. Is that the case? Does it make much of a difference? I'm planning to ride the first week in October. I could rearrange my trip if that is advisable, so I'm curious!


Beware the signage approaching Syracuse from the west
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Yankee John from Vermont on 09/15/2020 12:12 PM
The trail signage in West Syracuse is inaccurate since it has been put up prior to completion of a bike/pedestrian bridge over the train tracks that connects the trail to downtown Syracuse. Following the signs will add 3.5 miles each way riding on a section of new trail without an outlet.

Approaching Syracuse from the west riding east the marked trail ends at Warners Road/Reed Webster Park. A new, paved, clearly visible trail winds east up and over the landfill/tailing piles and ends at Bridge Street/297. The Erie Canal Trailway signs at this point bring you left (North) over the new 297 bridge path down to the NY State Fairgrounds. The trail signs then lead left over a long bike/pedestrian bridge to a new paved trail with a beautiful lake overlook and then continues along the lake towards downtown Syracuse. Unfortunately the trail ends abruptly almost to town and there is no passage for bikes or pedestrians further east to the city. A new bridge is under construction over the train tracks and creek to connect to downtown, but this appears to be many months from completion.

The bicycle entrance to downtown Syracuse from the west is on Milton Avenue, which is a right hand turn on Bridge street where the landfill trail ends, and then a left on Milton Avenue.


End to End record?
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Tristan on 09/01/2020 10:06 PM
Does anyone know what the fastest time for the End to End ride is? I've looked online and can't seem to find any source that would indicate what the record time would be.

I'm planning on an end to end ride in a few weeks and hoping to finish in around 30 hours, but I'm curious if that would set a record or come close to a record.

 
Bop from Rochester on 09/02/2020 10:14 AM
Haven't seen anything like that.

Will this be non-stop? You know the canal is closed after dark?

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 09/02/2020 01:03 PM
I checked on https://fastestknowntime.com and didn't find anything either. My thought is that either PTNY or the Canal Corp would be the best resources to ask. If neither of them have any record, then I'd say go for it and set it in place! Keep us posted here and good luck.

 
Michael from Buffalo on 09/12/2020 08:00 PM
Why bother,it's trail,meant to be savored wand enjoyed.
Want a record,go to the roads

 
Tristan on 09/14/2020 01:38 PM
Well, I ended up doing it. West to east, starting at Veterans Park in Buffalo and ending at the Corning Preserve in Albany. It took 32 Hours 2 Min.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/5532806302

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 09/14/2020 09:24 PM
Tristan - Thats incredible. After 32 hours, I’d just be hitting town on night 2 of a weeklong trip!

How was riding at night? Any delays that you encountered? Where did you catch z’s (if you did catch any)? Love to hear about some of the details of your journey.

Well done...

John

 
Tristan on 09/15/2020 12:05 PM
Riding at night was no problem, I've done a couple other long rides that went into the night so I was prepared...I had multiple light sources with extra batteries. Riding in the dark didn't really slow me down either, and made riding through towns a little easier because there was no traffic.

I didn't face any delays, no flat tires or bike issues, but I did make a huge mistake around Port Byron and got turned around, not realizing I was going to wrong direction for about 2.5 miles. The biggest issue I ran into with time was just stopping to eat/rest. Of the 32 hours of elapsed time almost 6 hours was spent not moving. I was carrying a bunch of granola bars, some soda and a 2 liter bladder full of water, but that was not enough to get me through the whole ride so I would frequently stop at gas stations and buy some gatorade, beef jerky, candy, chips, sandwiches, more water. Late in the ride I felt like I was stopping more frequently and for a longer time than in the beginning. I would stop maybe every 20 miles for about 20 min...all that time added up.

I did not sleep at all during the ride, around 24 hours in was when I really started to get tired, at times feeling like I was dozing off with my eyes open while riding even when it got light out...by the time I got to Little Falls the thought of spending an hour or something sleeping on the side of the trail was tempting but something I wanted to avoid just to finish quicker.

I felt one of the biggest challenges of the ride was the wind. As soon as I got on the canal in Lockport I was constantly riding into the wind. This slowed me down a bit, and caused me to use up more energy than I would have liked.

I stopped for "breakfast" in Frankfort, and between there and Rotterdam Junction I was having trouble finding gas stations or restaurants that were open... I was feeling tired, hungry and I was using up all the extra calories I was carrying with me and by that point I was realizing that I wasn't going to make my goal of finishing in 30 hours or less.

The final stretch from Schenectady to Albany went by alright, mostly just trying to push through and finish...it felt like the wind got worse as I got closed to Albany and started heading south.

Overall it was a fun ride, got to see some cool things on the trail and I enjoyed all the towns along the way. Apart from the wind the weather was perfect, I was expecting it to feel a little colder than it actually was...I rode the majority of the ride in shorts and a t shirt, only putting a long sleeve shirt on at around 4 in the morning. I think if someone had a nice gravel bike and a crew waiting for them at towns with food instead of using gas stations or restaurants they could finish the whole route in 24 hours or less.


Paved trail
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Sharon from Constantia on 08/12/2020 10:24 AM
Does anyone know which portion of the trail & miles are paved? We have road bikes so no gravel desired! Thank you!

Safe riding!
Sharon

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 08/12/2020 12:49 PM
One of the interactive maps shows paved surfaces that's probably the PTNY map IIRC.

Bflo -> Lockport is paved. Then only paved portions around small towns, otherwise gravel until Rochester. Paved around Rochester and then smaller paved portions until Syracuse area. Gravel pretty much until Rome and then once you get to Mohawk it's paved (in various degrees of good to excellent through ALB.

 
Yankee John from Braintree, VT on 09/06/2020 07:00 PM
Most of the gravel is very hard packed and easy to ride with my road bike. I did change my tires to a more hybrid type tire.

 
Yankee John from Vermont on 09/15/2020 11:40 AM
The trail from Fort Herkimer to Little Falls is currently being paved and looks to be almost completed. From the Lock 17 trailhead to the Montgomery County line the trail is being resurfaced with stone dust.

The entire section from the western Montgomery County line to Albany the trail is mostly an excellent, new paved trail except for a short section of road riding near Rotterdam Junction, and some older sections of trail with tree root bumps.





shuttle service along Canal
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Bonnie from Connecticut on 08/31/2020 09:17 PM
Next week I will bike the Canal one way & I will need to a shuttle. Many of the shuttle services are no longer in business. Can anyone tell me how I can shuttle with my bike (by bus or car) from Rome to Amsterdam, NY. - about 85 miles? Amtrak representative says I cannot take my bike on the train. Ideas or thoughts would be great.

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 09/01/2020 04:30 PM
Bonnie -- I see that you have not gotten a response. Your request seems to be rather strange. Are you only riding from Amsterdam to Rome and then needing a ride back?

If that is the case, possibly asking a warmshower host if they would provide the service for a fee. I can't think of another option for randomly reaching out for a shuttle. Possibly Uber or Lyft might be able to arrange something, but no sure if you can specify your need to accommodate a bike. Then again... letting it stick out of a trunk wouldn't be the worst option!

Good luck.

 
Yankee John from Braintree, VT on 09/06/2020 06:16 PM
We rode from Buffalo to Rochester in 2019. Diane of Go Bike Erie met us in Pittsford and shuttled us back to Buffalo with our bikes. She has a large van that seats 7 and a trailer that holds 8 bikes. She was enthusiastic, reliable, and informative. It appears the name of the business is now Great American Bike Tours. From the website:

(315) 316-BIKE

E-MAIL: info@CycleTheUSA.com

© 2018 Erie Canal Bike Tours, LLC


 
Yankee John from Vermont on 09/15/2020 11:08 AM
I just met Diane on the trail near Syracuse. She and her husband are no longer offering bike shuttle service. They continue to use their excellent van and bike trailer arrangement for organized bike tours.


Bike on Train from Albany to Buffalo
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Charlotte Mike from Charlotte, NC on 08/31/2020 12:48 PM
So I am trying to plan a ride on the Erie Canal in 2021. Thought I would drive to Buffalo, ride to Albany, then train back to collect car.

Is this possible - there seem to be conflicting answers on taking a bike on the Empire Service train. Can you do it if you leave from Schenectady rather than Albany?

Thanks for any clarity or suggestions.

Mike

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 09/01/2020 03:59 PM
Mike, it seems there is some confusion about trains these days. Previously, train service with roll-on ability was offered on one train a day with that train arriving into Buffalo/Depew somewhere around 1:00 AM. At this point, you're probably fine planning a ride/train tour and see what the status is as time comes closer. I'm hoping that there is enough pressure on Amtrak to cause them to offer better roll-on service.

 
Yankee John from Braintree, VT on 09/06/2020 06:46 PM
There is currently no bike service on the Empire Service trains, but there is bike service on the Lake Shore Limited that runs once/day to Chicago. I just rode the Lake Shore Limited #48/49 from Schenectady to Rochester with my bike. The train was on time, an Amtrak staff person put loaded my bike on the baggage car without difficulty and returned it to me in Rochester undamaged. The only hard part is that the short distance Coach seats are at the front of the train, and the baggage car is at the back, so it's a long walk with your panniers after you drop off your bike. You need to have a reservation for the bike because the baggage car holds only hold 6 bikes. It costs $20 for the bike. The train arrived in Rochester at 2315, and it was an easy ride to the downtown hotels on well lit streets.

The Lake Shore Limited does not stop at the Exchange station in downtown Buffalo, only at the Depew station, and it arrives after midnight. The hotels hear Depew are all dull big box airport hotels. The Lakeshore used to skip Rome, and was 30 minutes faster, but apparently the tracks on the direct route the omits Rome are bad so all of the trains go through Rome even if they don't stop there. There are rumors that the tracks repairs will be completed by next year so the trip will be shorter and the train will arrive earlier. It's not expensive to reserve a taxi van in advance that can transport you to a hotel from Depew, but it will only hold 2 bikes. I would recommend staying at the Hotel Henry on the North end of Buffalo. The bike trails connect to the hotel via the adjacent Buffalo State Campus, and there is ample parking near the hotel to leave your car for free. There is not a continuous trail along the water from downtown Buffalo to the trails leaving Buffalo north to the Erie Canal, so if you stay in a downtown hotel you will have to ride on city streets at the start of your trip. Buffalo has some great architecture, so the ride is actually quite pleasant if it's not rush hour.

 
Yankee John from Braintree, VT on 09/06/2020 06:46 PM
There is currently no bike service on the Empire Service trains, but there is bike service on the Lake Shore Limited that runs once/day to Chicago. I just rode the Lake Shore Limited #48/49 from Schenectady to Rochester with my bike. The train was on time, an Amtrak staff person put loaded my bike on the baggage car without difficulty and returned it to me in Rochester undamaged. The only hard part is that the short distance Coach seats are at the front of the train, and the baggage car is at the back, so it's a long walk with your panniers after you drop off your bike. You need to have a reservation for the bike because the baggage car holds only hold 6 bikes. It costs $20 for the bike. The train arrived in Rochester at 2315, and it was an easy ride to the downtown hotels on well lit streets.

The Lake Shore Limited does not stop at the Exchange station in downtown Buffalo, only at the Depew station, and it arrives after midnight. The hotels hear Depew are all dull big box airport hotels. The Lakeshore used to skip Rome, and was 30 minutes faster, but apparently the tracks on the direct route the omits Rome are bad so all of the trains go through Rome even if they don't stop there. There are rumors that the tracks repairs will be completed by next year so the trip will be shorter and the train will arrive earlier. It's not expensive to reserve a taxi van in advance that can transport you to a hotel from Depew, but it will only hold 2 bikes. I would recommend staying at the Hotel Henry on the North end of Buffalo. The bike trails connect to the hotel via the adjacent Buffalo State Campus, and there is ample parking near the hotel to leave your car for free. There is not a continuous trail along the water from downtown Buffalo to the trails leaving Buffalo north to the Erie Canal, so if you stay in a downtown hotel you will have to ride on city streets at the start of your trip. Buffalo has some great architecture, so the ride is actually quite pleasant if it's not rush hour.

 
Mark from Vernon on 09/10/2020 08:39 PM
Mike, my wife and I put our bikes on the Empire train yesterday 9/9/2020
In Albany and trained to Buffalo. We will ride back to Albany where our car is parked.
According to Amtrak they just made this change a couple days ago and now allow two bikes per train.

Mark


Camping
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Mickie from Michigan on 09/08/2020 06:00 PM
Is there camping at lock 17 and Rotterdam? This trip planner doesn't list it, but paper map we received by mail says there is camping available. Thank you!

 
wnybubba from Bflo/ROC on 09/09/2020 01:46 AM
I remember looking at this as an option before my ride earlier this year (but did not stay there). I just used Google Maps -- couldn't get a street view but there was a decent pic. Seems there is some space to accommodate a tent. Typically asking Lock personnel is adequate for permission.

Here's the pic:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Erie+Canal+Lock+17/@43.0384101,-74.8465783,3a,37.7y/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipMp9716fBnlGKIqpdik6EBDf-QnfGgfEl7hRwLC!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipMp9716fBnlGKIqpdik6EBDf-QnfGgfEl7hRwLC%3Dw203-h152-k-no!7i3968!8i2976!4m5!3m4!1s0x89deb6f3b4c8b351:0x30f30d402bacf114!8m2!3d43.0384101!4d-74.8465783


Herkimer 5s
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D M on 08/11/2020 08:48 AM
Does anyone know of backroads to take on the 20 mile route on 5s outside of Herkimer?

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 08/12/2020 12:53 PM
Not a direct answer to your question, but you would be following Bike Route 5. Nice bike shoulder lane on a state highway. I don't remember it being dangerous or uncomfortable at all. Admittedly, I'm fine on state roadways and have a decent rear view mirror so I know what's going on around me.

 
Yankee John from Braintree, VT on 09/06/2020 06:56 PM
There are some beautiful roads with open country and Amish farms and little traffic on both the south (5S) and north sides but they are really hilly!


Erie Mansion in Clyde
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Yankee John from Vermont on 09/02/2020 03:03 PM
The Erie Mansion is closed until further notice per the owner. Hoping to reopen next spring.


Update on Little Falls
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Joseph Pafundi from Saratoga Springs NY on 08/31/2020 05:43 PM
Day I rode from St. Johnsville to Lock 18 (Jackonsburg). Crew was working on paving the section between highway out of Little Falls to the lock. Looked very nice! I was unable to speak to the workers about a possible completion date. So, hopefully a local friend will update cyclists as to when this section will open.

Safe travels!


Motorized bicycles
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Joe Heyden from Canastota on 08/30/2020 12:54 PM
Can I ride a motorized bicycle on canal path??

 
Anonymous on 08/30/2020 10:17 PM
The posted signs say "No Motorized Vehicles" so I would take that to mean No. However, I have seen them on the trail. Seems most will disengage when approaching you on the trail or when groups are present. As a multi-use trail I could see a good argument for them to be allowed as they become more popular.

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 08/31/2020 03:17 PM
E-bikes are fine, I think those signs are to deter motorcycles and dirt bikes if I were to guess. I see E-bikes all the time any trail I’ve ever been on in the last couple of years and I wouldn’t even notice them if it wasn’t for the fat, battery part of the bike! :-)



Bike on Train from Albany to Buffalo
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Charlotte Mike from Charlotte, NC on 08/31/2020 01:37 PM
So I am trying to plan a ride on the Erie Canal in 2021. Thought I would drive to Buffalo, ride to Albany, then train back to collect car.

Is this possible - there seem to be conflicting answers on taking a bike on the Empire Service train. Can you do it if you leave from Schenectady rather than Albany?

Thanks for any clarity or suggestions.

Mike

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 08/31/2020 03:13 PM
Mike, there’s been a few threads on here about that topic. Dive down a few pages into the forums and you should see some of the discussions. It’s not promising though.

Seems to be, like you said, a lot of confusion. Seems like a lot of people are giving up on the trains because of Amtraks mixed Covid related messages and cancellations. There is no guarantee they’ll get their bike on board, dropped reservations out of the blue, and not to mention the messaging from Amtrak is confusing at best. Many are opting for renting a van from one airport to another airport (some local rental places may do one way drop offs but typically only the airports do it).

From the airports you could hire a Lyft or Uber if they’re too far from the trail to safely ride.



Erie Canal lodging
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The Rusty Gear from Camillus, ny on 08/27/2020 08:45 PM
Looking to buy land near canal to build anything from platforms to lean tos to yurts. We are few miles outside of Syracuse. Might offer additional services. Would you stay? How much would you pay? What services would you like offered? What type of facility would you most like to spend the night in? Thanks for the input!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 08/29/2020 11:40 PM
I would consider a yurt as opposed to a hotel if one were available. The biggest thing would be shower availability somewhere on the campgrounds, somewhere to charge devices, and drinking water available. I’m not sure how large these would be built. I would say small 1-2 person yurts would be the best and priced lower than a typical hotel.

Definitely would use a lean-to/Adirondack, obviously cheaper than a yurt. There are a few free ones along the GAP in PA and everyone claims them first when I stop by them, people love them.

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 08/30/2020 10:52 AM
From a self-contained rider perspective -- I think that John W. is probably right about availability to camp and have water. Comparing it to the GAP Trail is ideal as there are many options along the trail ranging from [A] Free campsites with lean-tos, flat ground areas, pit toilets and water [B] limited "hiker/biker" lawn areas at regular campgrounds that are walk-in free or $8 reserved, [C] primitive campground @ $15 to the usual campground experience.

Personally, I do not care for hard surfaces such as a L/T or platform to set up my tent, rather just a flat space on the ground is fine. Having fire-pits is great, but availability to wood is necessary but a wonderful nicety if it is complimentary!

I'm okay with water and no shower... however, availability to a shower is an awesome find. The above [B] actually had availability to campground restrooms with free showers! Definitely if electrical outlets were available, they are greatly helpful, but that's something that any rider has to figure out. I used a solar charger and was fine.

So, the question then becomes: Who is your targeted audience? There are probably more riders/hikers who are looking for less primitive options for lodging -- and they are readily available. In that case, your experience has to be offering a unique experience to the overnight user, but not limiting too many of the niceties that would be expected.

From a self-contained rider perspective -- Yes, I would stay if it fit into my mileage plans; I think I'd top out at ~$15 for primitive camping and hopefully that would include an option for showering.


 
Roger molleur on 08/31/2020 10:02 AM
Rode Erie 2 years ago end to end Taking my wife this week for 2 days. What would the most interesting 75 miles to ride thanks

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 08/31/2020 12:42 PM
Having recently finished E2E, I favored the Barge Canal section between Buffalo and Syracuse. It's a nice mixture of paved and gavel with interesting villages and sights along the way. You'd have to figure out the exact 75 miles, but the western end, ending up in Buffalo at Canalside, would be a prime target. Many things to do there and in the downtown area would be on my list to fully engage your wife! Alternatively... end up in North Tonawanda [the end of the canal as it meets the river]. They have a nice canalside development. This way you'll miss following the Niagara River into Buffalo and not have to deal with a big city. Remington Tavern in NT is a great place to celebrate. Ending up in Lockport would also be a decent ending point offering a good look at the Flight of Five locks with restaurants and lodging available.


Syracuse
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Sue from Airville pa on 08/29/2020 06:07 AM
Biking 30 miles out and back from Syracuse which is the best direction to go?

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 08/29/2020 11:28 PM
Sue - the Erie Canal is pretty flat except at the locks which you’re up and down in no time at all. And you are technically going downhill going W-E though is not much to write home about.

I would go east towards Buffalo first, then turn back for the last half of your journey to Syracuse to finish. You’ll be going down the locks on the way back (but to be fair, they’re nothing dramatic!).

Of course you could check the weather and see if winds will be a factor. If the wind is going strong, you could go into the wind first, get that out of the way, and have tailwinds at your back all the way home.

The wind would be the biggest factor for me if it was reasonably strong. In that case, I would go into the wind on my way out and with it at my back the way home. If winds are mild and not a factor, then get the “uphill” out of the way first.

 
wnybubba from Bflo - Roc on 08/30/2020 10:22 AM
I'd also add that if you go East, you are following the "historic" canal and West you will follow the regular Barge Canal [look at map to see how far out this is because the canal now heads north to Baldwinsville]. Additionally, the trail from Syr [west] through Camillus and Jordan is nice, but know that past Weedsport and into Clyde/Lyons it is more road than trail. I thought the section from Montezuma to Savanna was the worst/most unsafe part of the tour.

Eastward, once past DeWitt, the trail goes through Green Lakes State Park, hits historic villages and is a nicely maintained pathway. Several points of interest may or may not be open such as the Canal Museum.


Planning bike trip starting September 12, 2020
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Kmart from Manchester NH on 08/14/2020 12:11 PM
I will be riding the erie canal trail in September. I'm planning on staying in regular lodging, not camping. What are the best towns to stay in along the route. I'm planning on 60-70 miles per day of riding. Also if you can recommend good lodging places to stay.

 
RP from Long Island ny on 08/24/2020 06:52 AM
I’m traveling in similar fashion the week before. The interactive map with hotels highlighted made it
really easy to find hotels during the amount of miles you want to travel!

 
Kmart from Manchester NH on 08/24/2020 09:39 AM
Thank you. I came up with a 7 day plan. First night in Brockport and then Newark and so on. I wasn't too excited about Newark. I'm going to take a side trip to Seneca Falls and Auburn. Staying in Auburn. I hope that is a good idea.

 
Edward Veiga from Lynn on 08/29/2020 07:46 PM
Little Falls is a nice town The Inn at the Mill is nice


Is the bike path closed around Newark for construction?
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Sue from Syracuse on 08/25/2020 10:21 PM
On the Cycle the Erie Canal website it says:

Trail Closure! Due to construction, portions of the trail will be intermittently closed between Harder Park and North Main Street in the Village of Newark. Cyclists can use adjacent roadways or follow posted detours.

Does anyone know if this info is up to date? Also, does anyone have directions or a physical address for Harder Canal Park in Newark? I understand there is parking there to head west on the canal. I can't locate an address to plug into the GPS.

Thanks!

 
Hazel from Palmyra on 08/26/2020 08:10 AM
The trail is completed in that section. All blacktop and really nice ride. We have been on it several times in the last couple of weeks. Enjoy! Look for the osprey nest if you go.


Trail condition
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Allan Frazer from Murrells Inlet SC on 08/08/2020 08:28 AM
I have walked the trail near the end of I890 and have pulled weeds from concrete wall going over the Mohawk River,the sides of the trail have not been mowed since early June. Whoever is taking care of mowing is NOT doing there job, looks terrible!!

 
DandyDon from Fairfield, Ohio on 08/08/2020 12:07 PM
Wow. What was the rest of the trail like in 1890?

 
Mom4life from Schdy on 08/13/2020 02:59 AM
Lol. Interstate. 890.

 
CGR from CT on 08/25/2020 11:41 AM
We rode the entire trail last week and the sides are all nicely mown and it was a great trip!


Riding the Canal in Early October
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Don from Salida, co on 08/15/2020 08:09 PM
I'm looking at riding the Erie canal(early October) and then Lake Champlain (mid October. Any comments about what the weather will be like would be appreciated.

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 08/19/2020 07:11 PM
Should be a good time to ride with some precautions. I would plan for mild fall temps during the day and much cooler at night. Definitely could rain so expect that. Unexpected cold snaps could happen so bring the right clothing just in case.

By October, the days will be much shorter to make camp or town. A bike light would be useful if you get caught out short of your destination for the night. Good luck.


Noob question
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Kenny Sheridan from Merrick on 08/13/2020 02:23 PM
I am going to ride the Canalway for my first time next week. I will start in Syracuse.

Can I ride on a road bike with slick 32m tires or will that be a terrible mistake?

 
Bop from Rochester on 08/13/2020 08:00 PM
I've used theses for 8 years on the canal. Had one flat.

Bontrager R1 Road Tire 700 x 32

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