Erie Canalway Trail Epic Tour
10 Day Epic Tour
Built in 1825, the Erie Canal was considered an engineering marvel. It facilitated trade between the busy port of New York City and the rural farmland of upstate New York. Long overtaken by railroads, highways and airplanes to move goods, the 400-mile long beautiful waterway is now used for recreation and has been designated a National Heritage Corridor. We will ride the entire length of this historic canal. Most of the time, we’ll be on the flat towpath that mules used to pull the barges long ago. Come cycle through time with us!
The first 6 women to sign up receive 5% discounts.
Flat on 80% crushed stone bike trail and 20% paved roads. Moderate cycling level.
9 nights lodging, 9 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 2 picnic lunches, snacks, Cycling the Erie Canal guidebook, Erie Canal Discover Center entrance fee, cue sheets and GPS files, SAG support, luggage transfer, trained guides, and shuttles at the start and finish of the tour to the airport and our office.
Fly or take the train into Buffalo, NY and out of Albany, NY. Or fly round-trip to Rochester, NY. You can also drive to Rochester, NY and leave your car at the WT office during the tour. We will provide a shuttle from the Buffalo airport at 12:00noon, the Rochester airport at 11:00am, or your car at 10:30am to the start of the tour. At the end of the tour, we will shuttle you to the Albany airport or train station by 2:30pm, or to your car in Rochester or the Rochester airport by 7:00pm.
Day 1 We will meet near the western terminus of the canal in Buffalo, NY at 2:00pm for an orientation, rental bike fitting and then dinner together.
Our van will carry everyone’s luggage and a second support vehicle will provide snacks, water and assistance for the cyclists all along the route. Lunches are generally on your own or out of our SAG vehicle. 0 miles.
Day 2 We’ll run this tour as we do our other epic tours. We’ll begin our ride on a paved bike path along the Niagara River through downtown Buffalo. Our shorter ride will give us plenty of time to explore the Erie Canal Discovery Center at the end of the day in Lockport.
You’ll get a better appreciation for the construction of the series of locks necessary to move the boats up more than 70’ here. You can see some of the original locks built in 1825 alongside the modern ones being used today. It’s fascinating to think that the method of raising and lowering boats in a canal hasn’t really changed that much over the centuries, and the same method is being used in the Panama Canal. 32 miles.
Days 3 – 9 Our days will quickly fall into a comfortable rhythm. We start early with a light breakfast provided by the hotel. Then we’ll pack our bike bags with snacks of raisins, nuts, energy bars and peanut butter sandwiches. We’ll make sure we have an extra layer of clothing and perhaps a rain jacket with us. We leave on our own, usually between 8- 9am and cycle at our own pace.
About every twenty miles, we’ll meet our SAG vehicle. It holds water, snacks, tire repair tools and a first aid kit. Even if you don’t need anything, you can stop to chat and talk about the wonderful tailwind or view. If you’re too tired to bike anymore, you can take a ride in the SAG vehicle to our hotel for the night. The SAG makes sure everyone is in safely at the end of the day.
Lunch is on your own during the day if you want something heartier than the snacks out of our SAG vehicle. We encourage you to stop and get a taste of the local fare. Once at our hotel, you’ll find your luggage, (delivered earlier by the WomanTours van and trailer), and can check in to your room.
We have a variety of lodgings on this tour, from chain hotels to spas. We rotate roommates every night, unless you’ve requested a specific roommate or to upgrade to a single room. There will be time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in a hotel hot tub.
If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, we’ll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it.
Then we’ll eat dinner together, usually served buffet-style outside.
When possible, our traveling chef will create hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. Otherwise, we will eat at a restaurant. While our chef will accommodate guests with specific allergies and provide a nonmeat protein source for vegetarians, she cannot always adhere to everyone’s likes and dislikes. We ask that you be flexible.
After dinner, our guide will hold a map meeting to discuss the highlights of the day and go over the details of the next day’s route. 42 miles average per day.
Day 10 We’ll finish our tour with one last ride to the end of the Erie Canalway Trail along the Hudson River. We’ll complete our trek in the center of Albany where you can pick up your official End-to End decal and certificate. Congratulations!
We’ll celebrate with a picnic lunch. Then we’ll shuttle to the Albany airport and train station, arriving by 2:30pm. We’ll return to Rochester if you’ve driven, arriving by 7:00pm. 29 miles.
Cancellation & Refunds: To sign up for this tour, we require a nonrefundable deposit of $300. The balance of the tour price is due 75 days prior to the tour, by June 4, 2017 and is nonrefundable.
Trip Insurance: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.
SAG Volunteers: We use 3 volunteers to drive a support car during this tour. Each driver works once every third day
supporting the riders until the last cyclist finishes for the day. She provides food, drinks, flat tire assistance and moral support, and becomes an integral part in the success of the tour. In return, each volunteer receives a discount of 40% off the full tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please email or call us.
Erie Canalway Epic Tour Itinerary
|Aug 20, 2017||Buffalo, NY||0|
|Aug 21, 2017||Lockport, NY||32|
|Aug 22, 2017||Brockport, NY||43|
|Aug 23, 2017||Pittsford, NY||28|
|Aug 24, 2017||Seneca Falls, NY||62|
|Aug 25, 2017||Syracuse, NY||39|
|Aug 26, 2017||Rome, NY||50|
|Aug 27, 2017||Little Falls, NY||39|
|Aug 28, 2017||Schenectady, NY||59|
|Aug 29, 2017||Albany, NY||29|