My friend and I have been training for our first century (actually I was told it's a little short of 100 miles but we can always ride around in circles at the end if necessary to say we rode 100 miles) and have a date set for the end of the month assuming it isn't raining or snowing. We've been trying to decide on a route that's straight through, for simplicity sake and I was wondering if anyone on here would know if the Erie Canal Trail is complete between Utica and Albany. The plan he thought of was we'd have to ride out of Utica on bike route 5, and switch overto the Erie Canal Trail in Little Falls. Beyond that he wasn't sure if the trail was 100% complete or if we had to return to bike route 5 or other roads.
We know the trail won't be paved all the way and don't mind that, but if there's any unmarked detours we'd like to get an idea of what we've got to do before we get there. If anyone has a map of the entire trail between these cities, and could post it I'd appreciate it.
Also, if possible, can anyone recommend a place we could grab lunch around half way? I'm assuming we'll pass through multiple towns that we can find a place to refill our water bottles as needed. Additionally, are any special tourist attractions this time of the year worth checking out along the way?