Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Touring Tuesday - The Erie CanalWay Trail

One of the sights along the Erie Canalway Trail
The Erie Canalway Trail in New York State is a great option if you are looking for a lengthy, relatively flat trail with lots of history. The Erie Canal first opened in 1821, and greatly aided America's westward expansion. Today, cyclists can ride 360 miles along the canal from Buffalo to Albany. Most of the trail is crushed limestone, and there are a few segments that are on roads. Along the route  there are restaurants, campgrounds, bed & breakfasts and motels. If you travel east, from Buffalo to Albany, there is an elevation drop of over 500 feet.

It's pretty easy to do on your own, but there are other options if you want someone else to handle the logistics. There is an annual ride that spends eight days traveling the full length of the trail. There are also a couple companies that do tours of the trail, Classic Adventurers and Wilderness Voyageurs.

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