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Best 100 miles?
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Matt from Reading, PA on 06/24/2019 07:34 PM
A friend and I only have 2 nights. We can ride 1/2 day, a full day then 1 more half day. We want to take our time and enjoy the sights. We want to avoid the cities as much as possible.
Anyone have a recommendation on their favorite 100 mile section of this trail?


Green Lakes State Park in Syracuse
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robert levac from windsor on 06/23/2019 02:28 PM
anyone stay here while travelling the trail. thank you


Trail conditions
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Connie & Rob from Madbury, NH on 06/20/2019 08:53 AM
We're heading west on the trail and we are currently staying an extra day at the Quality Inn in Rome because of the torrential downpours that are supposed to go on all day. 1 to 2 inches of rain predicted. Can anyone advise us on the best way to get to Syracuse? Will the trail be too muddy and, if so, what is the best alternative? Are there sections that have been recently paved that might not be on our map?

 
Margaret on 06/20/2019 03:16 PM
Hi We just biked from Macedon Lock 30 to Seneca Falls area Had planned to camp at Cayuga zLake but booked hotel 4 night after riding all day in rain Trail was actually not bad at all not that muddy though wet of course Grester challenge was the on road sections w cars flying by

 
Margaret on 06/20/2019 03:19 PM
Oh and trail nesr spencerport is under construction Take sweden walker road


Macedon Lock 30 campground
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Margaret from Amherst, OH on 06/01/2019 09:39 PM
Wondering if anyone has ever camped at the Macedon campground? How much space is there? Is there any showers?

Thanks,
Margaret

 
jrstewart3 from Rochester on 06/18/2019 07:47 PM
You can camp in Palmyra, and there are showers.


Parking on buffalo
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Obx vincent from Outerbanks NC on 06/12/2019 01:50 PM
Does anyone hav suggestions for leaving my vehicle
In Buffalo for 7 to 10 days while I ride to Albany
End of july?



 
Jim on 06/15/2019 06:38 AM
There is a Marriott downtown near the start of the trail. We parked one night there, they charge for it but I don’t recall how much.

 
Rm from Ct on 06/18/2019 11:55 AM
Left my car in a pay garage for 7 days in Albany..cost $35.


Biking conditions of path from Buffalo to Albany
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Jerry L from Gaithersburg Maryland on 06/08/2019 04:16 PM
Hi All. Would love to bike from Buffalo to Albany in late July. My 3 main questions is: 1 Can I use a road bike on the entire trail without a problem. 2. How well marked is the trail especially through cities like Syracuse and Albany/Schenectady. 3. Do I have to reserve a hotel room in advance or can I just show up and get a room. My wife will be following in a car and will catch up to me at the end of my daily ride. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Econo Lodge in Brockport
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SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:15 PM
This is a very small hotel, but our accommodations were just fine. Plenty of room for bikes in room, just make sure to request a 1st floor room as they do not have an elevator and the stairs were difficult for a bike with gear. Clean and friendly.


Holley
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SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:13 PM
Stop at the park! There is a neat waterfall, plenty of picnic areas, and a playground.


Medina
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SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:11 PM
We've gone from Buffalo to Rochester so far with little issue. Yes the conditions from Medina to brockport were not ideal, but doable. Any detours for closed portions have been well marked and safe (we are riding with a 3 year old and a puppy so we are super careful and have felt fine)


Middleport
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SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:06 PM
On the suggestion of a large group of cyclists, we had lunch at Pony's Irish Pub. It is across the street from Portside Cafe. This is a local favorite. We enjoyed our beer, wings, and hamburgers. Great bar food and a nice stop!


Quality Inn Lockport in Lockport
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SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:03 PM
This was a clean, quiet place to stay in Lockport. Not far from the trail and allows pets as well. No pool, but a free breakfast. We met many cyclists here. Would recommend as a place to stay.


Pendleton
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SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:00 PM
Go to Uncle Gs. You won't be disappointed! They now have food as well as ice cream.


Uncle G's Ice Cream in Pendleton
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SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 08:59 PM
This place is awesome! Plenty of vegan flavors too. They are right on the trail and have food and lots of excellent ice cream. Also gave a pup cup with vanilla ice cream to or dog.


Condition of trail from Rochester to Brockport
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Sue from Rochester on 06/05/2019 08:32 PM
Does anyone know the current condition of the trail between Rochester and Brockport? I heard that a section near Brockport might be closed. We're planning a trip this weekend. Thanks.


Medina
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Anonymous from Medina on 06/02/2019 07:00 PM
Fitzgibbons Celtic pub is a must see place to enjoy a beverage and or meal.


Hejamada Campground in Port Byron
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robert levac from windsor on 06/01/2019 08:39 PM
anyone ever stay here


Syracuse to albany
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Nancy from Port jefferson on 05/25/2019 09:14 AM
Any tips re: starting trip at syracuse? Need to leave truck until return. Any hoteks let u park while u ride if you stay a night? Hotel duggestions for night befire we ride? Avoid any section of downtown syracuse or no? Ty!


week long parking Buffalo
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Mary from Rock Island Illinois on 05/04/2019 08:43 AM
We are looking for a reasonable prices parking option for our car while we are biking... we have transportation to Albany and plan to leave our car in Buffalo for the 8 days we will be gone...
Any suggestions

 
jim from central NJ on 05/20/2019 09:15 AM
If you come up with a good solution here, would you mind posting? We are also looking for extended parking in Buffalo. thanks!


Rochester area: Trail closed near Route-390 thru Labor Day
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Ray (webmaster) on 04/22/2019 11:06 AM
"The Erie Canalway Trail will be closed to walkers, cyclists and others near Route-390 in Gates from Monday through at least Labor Day.

"The popular trail will be blocked off between Route-390 on the west and a point to the east of Lee Road, according to a barely legible map disseminated on Twitter Saturday by the state Canal Corporation.

"Users apparently will be directed onto Trolley Boulevard to detour around the closure, which the Canal Corporation said is necessitated by work on Route-390 highway bridges."
...
(at least there is a detour - see web address below for full article... and that "barley legible" map)

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 04/20/2019

Full article:
https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/04/20/erie-canal-trail-closing-gates-bridge-construction/3529464002/

 
Bop from Rochester on 04/22/2019 08:20 PM
I've detour to Trolley Boulevard a few times there. Shouldn't be a big problem. Their stopping people from going underneath the 390 bridge. There's a paved path right before the east side of the bridge that exit's to Trolley. As I remember it.

 
jrstewart3 from Rochester on 05/10/2019 08:44 AM
The detour is easy, and pretty safe. There is a traffic light at the one street crossing.


Car Rental
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Mike from Guilford Connecticut on 05/08/2019 08:42 AM
I'm planning on riding Buffalo to Albany in late June. I can leave my car in Albany and drive a rental to Buffalo. It seems cheapest to return the car to Buffalo Airport. Is it reasonable to think I could ride to the start of the trail from the airport? I'm not averse to riding on the road and in the city.


Amtrak Station in Albany
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Henry from Latham on 03/01/2019 08:27 PM
Is it easy to take a bike on the train from Albany to Buffalo? Thanks.

 
Judy M from Orange County, NY on 03/31/2019 09:13 AM
We were looking for transportation between Syracuse and Buffalo on the train. I contacted Amtrak and was told that you can not bring a standard bike on the train. If you have a foldable bike you can. It’s a shame they don’t.

 
Anonymous on 04/19/2019 06:25 PM
This is news to me since I have reservation for bike on the train from Rochester to Schenectady. The Amtrak site does say they cannot accommodate bikes at the Albany station, but other than that it looks like you can.

 
TS from St. Louis on 04/22/2019 10:03 PM
Amtrak only allows bikes on the 49 Lake Shore Limited; bikes are barred from all other trains that run between Albany and Buffalo. Usually the Lake Shore Limited departs westbound from Albany daily at around 7:30 p.m. and arrives in Buffalo (DePew station) at around midnight.

For reference, it stretches all the way from NYC to Chicago.

 
Steven Gaub from LAKEWOOD on 04/28/2019 08:59 PM
The information on Amtrak west from Albany was very interesting. Will the bicycle be in the baggage car or are their bicycle racks in the coach cars? Is the schedule only weekday or is it 7 days a week? Do you have to have bicycle reservations?

Thank you for all your help.


Ohio to Erie canal and Erie Canal as joint trip
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Steven Gaub from LAKEWOOD on 04/13/2019 12:44 PM
I am considering these trails in the fall. I am not sure I, have the time and want to travel on a bicycle the approximate 150 miles from public transit Clevlan Ohio to public transit Buffalo any suggestions? The only other option; as an out of state traveler who will have to fly into the area, I can think of is rebox my bicycle and go Grayhound. The trail transit options do not connect the trails.

 
Jeff from Troy, NY on 04/26/2019 07:29 PM
Take a look at Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited, it runs between Cleveland and Buffalo and has checked baggage service which you can box up your bike and "check" it. Boxes should be able to be purchased from the station. Supposedly all you have to do is take off your pedals and rotate handlebars. That line also runs through to Albany, so if you only have time to bike the trail in one direction, you could get a return trip from Albany to Cleveland.

See http://bikepacker.com/how-to-travel-with-your-bike/ for more info on the service.

 
Steven Gaub from LAKEWOOD on 04/28/2019 04:18 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions.


What's the normal speed limit on the on road portions of the trail?
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Jeff from Troy, NY on 04/26/2019 07:40 PM
Living near the east end of the trail, yesterday I was biking a portion of it and was shocked when I saw a 55mph speed limit sign on a portion of the on road section of the trail a little west of Schenectady. This is a high traffic State Route 5

How common is this on the on-road portions of the trail? I honestly can't believe that Parks & Trails New York actually thinks it's safe to make this the official route.

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