the Erie

The Erie Canal was started in 1817 to transport cargo from the Great Lakes, at Buffalo, all the way to Albany, where the Hudson River was used to continue down to New York City.

SUMMARY, MILEAGE STATS, TENT CITIES, and FOOD are located below on this page.
LOOKING BACK AND FORWARD, WEATHER REPORT, and MY SHOES are located on a separate web page.

At the Finish Line in Albany

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All Bike Rides


On Saturday, July 9, we drove up to Buffalo. My car was parked all week at the Nichols School, Lot #3.

Liz and I were among the 700 people who biked the entire length from Buffalo to Albany from July 10 through July 17, 2016. We biked 391 miles. They said about 300 miles were on the mule path along the canal, and 100 miles were along paved roads, which included some hills. It was about that ratio. (I didn't keep track.) I did keep track of our daily mileage stats below.

This year, 742 people were registered for the ride. This included people from 38 different states. The top states represented were: New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Virginia. We had 12 Canadians, and 3 from Australia.

Ages ranged from 3 to 92, with 54 as the average age. That makes me 15 points above average.

Our overnight stays were in tents provided by Comfy Campers.
The tent Cities were set up at each stop when we arrived.
I was tent 3, Liz was 2.
More photos of Tent Cities below.
Day Date That Evening Tent City Location City
Saturday July 9 Nichols School Buffalo, NY
Sunday July 10 Clifford H. Wise Middle School Medina, NY
Monday July 11 Jefferson Road Elementary School Pittsford, NY
Tuesday July 12 Mynderse Academy Seneca Falls, NY
Wednesday July 13 Zoo in Burnet Park Syracuse, NY
Thursday July 14 Fort Stanwix National Monument Rome, NY
Friday July 15 Canajoharie High School Canajoharie, NY
Saturday July 16 Schenectady Jewish Community Center Niskayuna, NY
Sunday July 17 Cornell University, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Room 3 Ithaca, NY
Our bags were transported each day by truck. Each morning, we had to carry our bags onto the truck, and help stack them. When we arrived at each destination, we had to locate our bags in the rows of unloaded luggage. I had bright colored straps around mine, to make it easier to find. My Bags

Most meals were provided by the sponsor of the trip, Parks & Trails New York. There was a lot of food. They served up a big breakfast each day, there were morning and afternoon rest stops, and they prepared most evening meals. In addition, small towns along the way provided a large variety of treats and meals to fuel up the bikers. (Note the many occurences of Chicken and Ice Cream in the Food section.)

There were many activities and sites each day. There were also some nightly lectures in auditoriums, about the Building, History, Engineering, and Economic Impact of the Erie Canal.

After biking to Albany, we rode the shuttle bus back to Buffalo (Bus B). Our bikes rode back in a separate truck.

Wrist Band

Bike License Plate to the right.

I wore a Wrist Band all week, as my ID. Each duffle bag had one also.


  Weekday Date Daily Miles Time (hr:min) Average Speed Maximum Speed
Day 1 Sun. July 10 48.7 4:57 9.8 19.1
Day 2 Mon. July 11 56.6 5:26 10.3 20.6
Day 3 Tues. July 12 57.9 5:18 10.8 23.2
Day 4 Wed. July 13 40.8 3:43 10.9 26.2
Day 5 Thurs. July 14 48.5 4:42 10.2 21.0
Day 6 Fri. July 15 63.7 5:54 10.7 26.8
Day 7 Sat. July 16 45.9 4:22 10.4 21.9
Day 8 Sun. July 17 28.9 2:44 10.5 22.4




Tents and accomodations provided by Comfy Campers.       Click on each image to enlarge.

  Saturday July 11 Sunday July 12 Monday July 13 Tuesday July 14
  Nichols School,
Buffalo NY
Clifford H. Wise Middle School,
Medina NY
Jefferson Road Elementary School,
Pittsford NY
Mynderse Academy,
Seneca Falls NY
My Tent
Our Row
  Wednesday July 15 Thursday July 16 Friday July 17 Saturday July 18
  Zoo in Burnet Park,
Syracuse NY
Fort Stanwix National Monument,
Rome NY
Canajoharie High School,
Canajoharie NY
Schenectady Jewish Community Center,
Niskayuna NY
My Tent
Our Row


(Lots of Food!)       Click on links to see photos

  Saturday July 9 Sunday July 10 Monday July 11 Tuesday July 12 Wednesday July 13
Breakfast   Nichols School Cafeteria - Buffalo NY
Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Fruit Salad, Fried Potatoes, Orange Juice
Clifford H. Wise Middle School Cafeteria - Medina NY
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Home Fries, Orange Juice
Jefferson Road Elementary School - Pittsford NY
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Pancakes, Potatoes, Orange Juice
Mynderse Academy Cafeteria - Seneca Falls NY
Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Sausage, Orange Juice
Rest Stop
  Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village - Amherst NY
Cantalope, Gatorade
Uncle G's Ice Cream - Black Cherry Cone
Albion NY
Holley Canal Park - Holley NY
Banana, Orange, Pretzels, Gatorade
Palmyra Canal Park - Palmyra NY
Watermellon, Oranges, Oreos, Gatorade
Van Buren St - Newark NY
Cold Fruit Cocktail
Port Byron Middle School Park - Port Byron NY
Watermellon, Choc. Chip Cookies, Gatorade
Lunch   Lockport NY - Passed on big box lunch
Bottle of Pepsi on boat
Subway - Spencerport NY
6-inch Meatball Sub, Cherry Coke
McDonald's - Lyons NY
Vanilla MilkShake
Big M Supermarket - Jordan NY
Grilled Hot Dog, Bottle of Coke
Rest Stop
Nichols School Lawn - Buffalo NY
Pop, Cheese, Fruits
Middleport NY
Watermellon, Fig Newtons, Gatorade
Genesee Valley Park - Rochester NY
Snakes, Gatorade
Pittsford Dairy - Pittsford NY
Large Strawberry Sundae
Village Park - Clyde NY
Watermellon, Gatorade
Sims Erie Canal Store - Camillus NY
Push-up Popsicle
Peter's Polar Treats
Big Vanilla Ice Cream Cone
Dinner Nichols School Tent - Buffalo NY
Salad, Chicken Breast with Herbs, Rice, vegs, Green Beans, Baked Fish, Brownie, Cookie
Clifford H. Wise Middle School Cafeteria - Medina NY
Meatloaf, Gravy, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Veg Salad, Brownie
Jefferson Road Elementary School - Pittsford NY
Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Boiled Potatoes, Lemonade
Parker's Grille - Seneca Falls NY
Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Fries
Bandstand Concert - Ice Cream Cone
Rosamond Gifford Zoo - Syracuse NY
Pop and Cheese
Hamburger, Corn on Cob, Baked Beans, Boiled Potatoes, Free Cokes
  Thursday July 14 Friday July 15 Saturday July 16 Sunday July 17 Monday July 18
Breakfast Rosamond Gifford Zoo - Syracuse NY
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Pancakes, Potatoes, Orange Juice
YMCA - Rome NY
Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes, Sausage, Orange Juice
Canajoharie High School Cafeteria - Canajoharie NY
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, French Toast, Fruitcup, Orange Juice
Jewish Community Center - Schenectady NY
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, French Toast, Fruit, Orange Juice
Collegetown Bagels - Ithaca NY
2 Donuts, Pepsi
Rest Stop
Chittenango Landing Boat Museum - Chittenango NY
Watermellon, Gatorade
Schuyler Town Hall - Utica NY
Watermellon, Gold Fish Crackers, Gatorade
Town of Glen - Fultonville NY
Orange, Gold Fish, Gatorade
Karen's Ice Cream - Amsterdam NY
Apple Pie and Hard Vanilla Ice Cream (10:00 am)
Peebles Island State Park - Waterford NY
Banana, Gatorade
Lunch The Toast - Canastota NY
Onion Rings, Bottle of Pepsi
Little Caesars - Ilion NY
4-Pc Pepperoni Lunch, Pepsi
Fire Department - Pattersonville NY
Hamburger, Pepsi, Ice Cream
Food Truck, Quackenbush Square - Albany NY
Hot Dog, Pepsi
Sheetz - Altoona PA
Chicken Strips, Onion Rings, Pepsi
Rest Stop
Lock 21 - Rome NY
Watermellon, Gatorade
Canal Park - Little Falls NY
Orange, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gatorade
St. Johnsville Marina
Watermellon, Lemonade
Chamber of Commerce - Canajoharie NY
2 Scoops Ice Cream with Choc.
Mabee Farm - Rotterdam Jct NY
Snacks, Gatorade
Dinner Franklin Hotel - Rome NY
Salad, Stuffed Shells with Meatballs, Diet Coke
Arkel Museum - Canajoharie NY
Half a Chicken, Baked Potato, Cole Slaw, Lemonade
Jewish Community Center - Schenectady NY
Wine and Cheese
Salad, Lasagne, Zucchiny, vegs, Meatballs with Sauce, Pepsi 2-Liters
Rest Stop - New York Thruway
Soft Pretzel Nuggets, Cherry Coke (ate on bus)
Fireside Dr
Roast Beef Sub

And after all that food, I came home 1 pound lighter!


Photos taken by George, Liz, Jim, and Fred