Bicycle enthusiasts here may appreciate an upcoming eight-day, 400-mile challenge that combines trail cycling with New York State history. The Cycle the Erie Canal tour takes place from July 10 to 17, and registration is open now.
The trip will take riders from Buffalo to Albany on a trail that is largely off-road but mostly flat, through historic villages emblematic of small-town American charm. "Along the way, canal historians and local experts will introduce riders to the people, places, and things that made the Erie Canal so important to the history of New York and the nation," a press release says.
Riders will cover 40 to 60 miles per day, stopping each night at campsites with restrooms and showers. Breakfast, dinner, and snacks are included, and there will be entertainment in the evenings. A four-day excursion option is also available. For an additional fee, shuttle services can be accessed at the beginning and end of the trip. Participants must show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination in line with current and future policies announced by the federal Centers for Disease Control leading up to July 1.
The full eight-day trip costs $975 for adults and $535 for kids ages 6 to 17, and $675 for non-cycling participants. Registration is capped at 650 people. More information can be found online at cycletheeriecanal.com.