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Old 03-12-14, 02:28 PM   #1
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We will be riding at least 3 sections of the Erie Canal this July.what 3 sections would be recommend?We are able to drive to different sections and bike out and back per day. Thanks
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2---If you don’t already have it, get this book -- Cycling the Erie Canal: A Guide to 400 Miles of Adventure and History Along the Erie Canalway Trail (Parks & Trails New York): Parks & Trails New York: 9780974827728: Amazon.com: Books It’s worth every penny and it’ll give you so many section ideas you won’t know what to do.
3---Good luck with your canal way day trips.
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We have the guide.But never have been to that part of upstate N.Y.Nor have we every been on the trail. Any suggestion.Would be helpful. Thanks
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I'm doing the canal this year as well. The trial run is going to be Syracuse to Rome, camp, and back to Syracuse the next morning.
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Why Syracuse to Rome.How many miles would that be?Thanks
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Why Syracuse to Rome.How many miles would that be?Thanks
Since the route meanders a bit I'm not sure what the mileage would be. Also, spending a lot of time on the canal path I have no idea what my average speed will be. Slower than I'm used to for sure. So I guess the reasoning is, Syracuse to Rome will be far enough to get a good test of equipment, time, and mileage; but not so far I'll be worried about pulling in after dark if the ride takes longer than expected. Syracuse to Rochester would be a little longer, probably around 100 miles. Maybe that will be my second ride. Oh yeah, I live in Syracuse so that has a lot to do with my choice of starting points. From all the maps I've look at, the most difficult part of the whole canal trail is the section through Syracuse. It looks like it goes right through the middle of the city. Not exactly a place I want to be on a relaxing ride. Heading towards Rome I don't have to deal with it, another reason to head east on the first ride.
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