Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: In the wilds of NY
Bikes: Box Dog Pelican, Raleigh Sojourn, Specialized Secteur, 1991 Cannondale tandem
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Originally Posted by VT_Speed_TR
My son and I are planning to do this segment in June. Our plans are to leave the car in Albany and take the bikes on the train to Utica. Not famiar with either station or services.
Did you camp with your son? We did the GAP last year and had a blast, so the Erie seemed link a logical next trip. I've done Buffalo to Rochester and had a great time.
We had planned to camp last summer, but since we ended up going at the end of August when the heat indexes around here shot up to 105+ degrees, I decided to turn it into a credit-card tour instead. ( http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/mulveyerie2
) One of the nice things about the Erie Trail, of course, is that you have option of either camping or using motels, with equal ease.
The station in Utica is literally about a block from the Parks and Trails tour route, if that's what you'll be following.
If you'd have the time, I would suggest starting in Syracuse instead of Utica. Getting through Syracuse is a major PITA on a bike, but once you get to the Erie Canal park on the east side, it's a fantastic ride up through Rome, and then down to Utica. I think that's been my favorite section of the canal, so far.
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