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Getting through Syracuse, NY on Erie Canal trail

Old 07-03-10, 08:46 AM
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Getting through Syracuse, NY on Erie Canal trail

Just started Albany to Seattle bike trip. We are crossing NY on Erie Canal Trail using ptny guidebook and Rte 5 bike map. Guide says travel through Syracuse is iffy. Wondering if we should follow book path through city or go around to the north on Rte 5. We were planning on camping at Green Lakes campground east of Syracuse, but they (and every campground are full up cuz of 4th of july weekend.
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Forget Rt5 (Erie Blvd) heavy traffic and no shoulder, just a curb. The last 2 times through Syracuse I rode E Genesse st ( nice shoulder) to left on Orvilton (SP) which becomes Thompson Road. Right on Kinne. cross RT 5 (4 lane) 1/2 mile later you will cross over an expressway, Just after the expressway bridge you will come to the beginning of the Erie canal trail. on your left

you are west bound so reverse my directions.

BTW .Try showing up at the park and begging for a spot. NY State campgrounds often will accommodate cyclists and hikers if you press them.

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I camped at around 20 NYS parks last month during my two bike tours and I asked the staff that very question a few times, out of curiosity. They said that even when they're full they will try to find a spot for a cyclist or a hiker. There is plenty of space for a small tent and a bike in a park. Of course, this will largely depend on the person since this is not an official policy as far as I can tell. But I found them very friendly and helpful all the time. During really lousy weather they offered to keep my bike in their garage, but I ended up storing it in a restroom which was cool with them too. I just can't imagine they'd turn a cyclist or a hiker away. Just be nice and friendly and I'm sure they'll work something out for you.
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