We have similar goals, sort of similar machines (I own one touring bike) and so why not meet up for a ride? I am in the Park Avenue area of Rochester but could probably get to Pittsford if someone showed me how to get along the canal path.
I just did about ten miles roundtrip on the Genessee trail and did not even get tired. This Trek is an improvement on the Giant even though it was an 'involuntary upgrade'.
I do need the new Brooks saddle though and it arrives tomorrow.
This bike rides like a cream puff and I didn't even get tired, though I go at a 'slow and easy' pace. So I'm up for a ride if you all are.