Ohio Biker from Mason, Ohio on 6/9/2021 9:17:46 AM:
We just got off the trail last week, Buffalo to Albany--great time (I am 61, female). Starting in Lockport is easy because that is where you will follow the canal in earnest--riding along side of it on crushed limestone for MANY miles--flat as can be & no shade. The canal is clean & pretty and there are some lovely homes with nice docks along the way.
No water or restrooms on trail--need to go into little towns and even then plan ahead. Some places we thought were still in business were boarded up.
Out of Medina, be sure and check out where the Canal runs over a road, down a steep hill but do-able--just go on foot.
We went to Albion for lunch (Village House Restaurant--great service, many food choices & pies). I could have explored Albion more, they had plenty of historical plaques around to read.
I also highly recommend in Fairport, The Village Inn Restaurant--met the owner and some regulars, very nice group of people.
One other tip is to avoid riding on Mondays, so many restaurants/bike shops are closed.