Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cycling the Erie Canal - Day 0

Day 0 – Drive from Georgia to New York State

This is an 8 day, 400 mile ride along the Erie Canalway Trail Bikepath from Buffalo to Albany with scheduled overnight stops in Medina (47 miles), Pittsford (53), Seneca Falls (60), Syracuse (41), Rome (49), Canajoharie (63), Scotia (42), and Albany (36).

Cycling the Erie Canal is a camping ride. Overnight stops are at schools, city parks, and a National Monument. Primarily, this is outdoor camping rather than in school gymnasiums, but the nighttime weather in the low 60’s is ideal for tent camping. There are about 500 riders ranging in age from a seven year old boy to a 77 year old woman and an 88 year old man. Six dinners and eight breakfasts are included in the $625 cost for the ride.
Gary Mastrodonato, Russ Romano, and Harold Moreau at Russ' house in Batavia NY

At 3AM, Karen drove me from home to Exit 137 on I-85 to meet up with Gary and Harold for a 5AM departure on the drive north. From home, it was approximately 15 hours and 950 miles to Batavia, NY where we are staying with Gary’s relatives, Russ and Gillian for the first two nights. We made it to Russ and Gillian’s by 7:30PM and they had a nice dinner for us before we showered and went to sleep after a long day.

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