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Danno from St Petersburg Fl on 5/8/2020 9:49:33 PM:
Looking at riding the canal but not sure if direction matters? Did the C&O and it’s a Downingtown grade from Cumberland to DC so you definitely want to ride west to east. How about the Erie Canal?

 
cr on 5/8/2020 10:22:07 PM:
Buffalo to Albany is the general "downhill", but its really mostly just flat.

 
Bop from Rochester on 5/9/2020 10:38:44 AM:
West wind is generally the issue.

 
John from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/9/2020 9:31:10 PM:
I agree with the responses here. You are technically going downhill Buffalo to Albany but even at the locks where you have these small changes in elevation, it’s not much to get excited about. I think there’s is a nice drop at Lockport. But going this way, you won’t be going up those locks. The wind typically, though not guaranteed, goes west to east. But 99% of the time the trail is just flat as a pancake.