I’ve wanted to take this trip for a year: tour the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, about 400 miles. I get my chance next month.
It’ll be a good tour for a rookie and I’ve talked my best friend from high school into joining me. The route is mostly flat; picture the tow path along the canal, now turned into a bike path. It’ll be a super 8 days on the bike.
There’s a lot of documentation for this ride; Parks and Trails New York runs an annual week-long tour the length of the canal. They’ve documented every part of the route along with lists of equipment, hotels and B&Bs and bike repair shops on the way, too.
To get prepared I’ve had to make a few modifications to my bike: