2014 FMCPT Fall Ride: Erie Canalway Trail - New York
In 2014, the annual FMCPT fall ride covered over 360 miles in 7 days across the state of New York from Buffalo to Albany on the Erie Canalway Trail.
The trail had a packed crushed limestone surface, built along the towpath and abandoned rail beds, along with some paved sections in the Buffalo and Albany areas. Local governments are responsible for their particular section of the trail and the care and surface of the trail reflected many different levels of dedication. Usually the trial was wide and well groomed, however, one section was single track and very over grown. Most of our riders were on road bikes with wider tires and they worked very well. There were several uncompleted gaps in the trail, leaving almost 100 miles of on-road riding.
We were surprised to learn that much of the canal is still open to boat traffic. So between historic preservation, boats moving, locks raising or lowering boats, and lift bridges, there was always something to see along the waterway.
Thanks to Alan Knowles, who again spent countless hours researching the trip and making reservations for our evening accommodations. Thanks to Dan & Cindy Hepp for providing a passenger van and custom trailer for the trip! Thanks to Don Rutledge, who followed us from town to town and hauled our luggage in the support vehicle.
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Click on the following links to view a selection of photographs taken on the trip:Saturday, September 6: Drive to Buffalo (5.5 hr) - Ride Veterans Park to Lockport - 31.57 mi
Sunday, September 7: Lockport to Rochester - 66 mi
Monday, September 8: Rochester to Seneca Falls - 63.24 mi
Tuesday, September 9: Seneca Falls to Syracuse - 50.06 mi
Wednesday, September 10: Syracuse to Utica - 60.78 mi
Thursday, September 11: Utica to Schenectady - 82.86 mi
Friday, September 12: Schenectady to Albany - 30.16 mi
Saturday, September 13: The Drive Back Home
Articles & Resources
American Trails.org: New York State's Erie Canalway Trail
Cycle the Erie Canal - Parks & Trails New York
Interactive Trail Map
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor brochure
Erie Canalway Trail: TrailLink (RTC: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)