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Old 09-28-12, 12:56 PM   #1
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Is there a Bike Shuttle Service on New York's Erie Canal Trail?

I've done some preliminary searching here and on the web, but so far haven't come up with a solution: two of us are considering a ride on the Erie Canal trail (but not be part of the tour or at the time of the tour). We'd like to ride maybe 150 miles or so eastward from Buffalo over maybe 3 days. Is there a way to get back to Buffalo by shuttle service (ala what's available on the GAP)? Or is Amtrak an option (preferably RORO)? We're not interested in riding an out & back tour. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Old 09-28-12, 01:14 PM   #2
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Well, of course with enough money, you can always find SOMEBODY who'll haul your around. But that's not the answer you wanted.

You could rent a van. Consider UHaul as alternative to conventional car rental places. You could return by Amtrak from Rochester, 75 miles, or Syracuse, 180 miles. They will sell you a nice bike box for $15, plus $10 checked baggage fee. You are allowed to use a standard bike box. You could go by bus. Nah. Don't do that.

I recently did the Erie from Buffalo to Rochester. Saw nothing about shuttle services. But then, I wasn't looking for one.

I'd take Amtrak. Just a short, cheap, ride. You might even luck out and find one with bike racks. Would seem reasonable considering the number of cyclists on the Erie.
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Old 09-28-12, 02:11 PM   #3
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Amtrak is the best option by far. Cheap and quick. I've used it a bunch of times for bike trips between Rochester and Albany.

Downsides? There's no roll-on service on the routes that serve Upstate NY, but you'll have no problem getting a bike box at the station. You'll need to end your trip at a station that has baggage service, like Utica. And you'll need a train with a baggage car. :-)
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