Fifteen years ago the 400 mile 8 day “Cycling the Erie Canal” event got off the ground. It was the brain child of Parks and Trails New York. I had the opportunity to come across slightly more than 300 of the 400 riders participating in this tour. They were at the Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises on Market St. in Lockport. The riders had a box lunch and took the one hour forty-five minute narrated cruise upon the Erie Canal and through Locks 34 and 35.
This was not a group composed of only hardcore, technically equipped cyclists. They came in all sizes, men and women, regional residents, from across the nation, several Europeans and a good number of our Canadian friends and neighbors. I surprised to see old dudes like me and children who seemed to be in the are area of 8 years of age.
What a pleasant experience it was getting to speak with a number of this adventurous travelers.
But like all things, this is just not a get on your bike and ride event. Parks and Trails New York has a guidebook telling everyone how to get ready and what to expect. I’ve read it and now I am wondering is this something I need to put on my bucket list of things to do. This group has 5 days left on their journey, I hope they continue to have a great time.