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Paved Erie Canal Trail Parking in Utica
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Jj on 09/19/2018 05:58 PM
Can we park overnight?


Durhamville
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KB from Cazenovia on 09/18/2018 09:22 PM
I just traveled it today and rode this section. In Rome you will ride on a few roads after coming off the trail from Utica direction and will go over a bridge on Mill street. Then turn left into the park next to the canal and it will take you over the Mohawk river. But take your time because it's fantastic and very historic. It will take you to S. James street and I highly suggest going into visitors center and Fort Stanwix. This map is not correct on this page !!!! Go up a block from visitor center and turn left on Liberty and go to the end and turn left again on Gifford and then a right next to the bank (yes, on the very busy highway) and then a quick left at the light (Rt 46,49) and this will get you back on the main trail again. the rest is a mix of very smooth gravel and pavement and a couple road sections into Durhamville on the Canal road. I hope this helps.


Hometown Meats & Deli in Clyde
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Jj on 09/18/2018 02:05 PM
Homemade soup and sandwich.... delicious.


McColley's in Spencerport
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Jj on 09/17/2018 10:27 PM
Excellent..we had a great meal. Wings and cob salad.



Hills
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Newb on 08/22/2018 04:00 PM
Is the trail hilly?

 
The Psychlist on 08/23/2018 03:01 PM
No I wouldn't call it hilly. Remember it mostly follows rivers and a canal, so there can't be too many hills.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 09/17/2018 07:50 AM
I added a page showing the elevation profile for the trail.

As the graphs show, it is mostly small changes in elevation, but there are a few significant climbs:
elevation.aspx


Rome to Durhamville - Paved or Gravel
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Rich D from Scotch Plains, NJ on 09/15/2018 08:08 PM
Just curious. Is the section from Rome to Durhamville paved or gravel? I'll be riding it next week and trying to decide which bike to bring. Thanks!

 
Psychlist on 09/16/2018 11:12 AM
If my memory serves, you'll be on the paved streets while in Rome and in Durhamville. And you'll be on a street for a few miles outside of Durhamville. But other than that, you are on the gravel trail.


Rails to Trails pathway in Tonawandas will extend to Erie Canal
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Ray (webmaster) on 09/12/2018 09:47 AM
A $2 million project to extend the Rails to Trails pathway from the Buffalo-Town of Tonawanda border out to the Erie Canal should begin construction in the spring.

Tonawanda city officials recently approved a 0.85-mile extension of the 4-mile pathway that starts at Kenmore Avenue and runs north before ending near Young and State streets.

Source: The Buffalo News

Full article:
https://buffalonews.com/2018/09/10/rails-to-trails-pathway-in-tonawandas-will-extend-to-erie-canal/


luggage shuttle services
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Gringo Bill from arvada on 09/03/2018 11:39 AM
We planning a fall colors bike tour along some or all of the Erie Canal. We are not interested in group guided tours. One major impediment to do it yourself is a seeming lack of shuttle services for luggage. All suggestions are most appreciated.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 09/03/2018 12:22 PM
I'm aware of a couple shuttle services operating along the Erie Canal, which are listed here:

https://bikeeriecanal.com/planner.aspx?scid=4&ecid=51&svcs=|17|

Typically the shuttles haul people and bikes, but I expect they would be happy to haul luggage too. You'll probably want to pre-arrange drop-off of your bags at wherever you plan to spend the night, because the shuttle driver won't want to wait around for your arrival at the end of the day.

If you come across any services that are not listed, please let me know so I can get them added. Good luck and have fun!

Happy trails


Pittsford Farms Dairy
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RLS on 08/28/2018 04:27 PM
This place has an oatmeal butterscotch ice cream that's amazing. Ride a couple extra miles so you don't feel guilty for eating the ice cream, and give it a try. Wow.


Rochester sightseeing
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The Psychlist on 08/11/2018 12:39 PM
I’d highly recommend a side trip to High Falls in Rochester. It’s a magnificent sight and that part of Rochester has some great restaurants.

There’s a trail along the Genesee River. Follow that trail for about 5 miles and you’re there.


What to bring
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TRW on 07/31/2018 04:34 PM
Planning a day trip from Utica, haven't done long trail rides before. Any suggestions on what to bring?

 
Ray (webmaster) on 08/02/2018 05:30 PM
Here's what I always have in my pannier:

- Several spare tubes (and know how to change them)
- C02 canisters to inflate tires - you may prefer a small pump
- Energy gel
- Extra water container in hot weather
- Gloves and ear covering in cold weather
- Sunscreen
- Bug repellent
- Basic first aid: Motrin, Neosporin, and bandaids
- Compact poncho in case of rain
- Some spare large ziplocks and a trashbag
- Power-storage device for cell phone charging

I don't often need most of those items, but it's good to have them when I do need them!

Good luck on your ride - happy trails!


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