If your summer “fun in the sun” has been spoiled by sudden, almost daily downpours, everyone at Syracuse's Erie Canal Museum wants you to join the fun indoors at their new “Monday Funday” family activities.
Day two of Cycling the Erie Canal offered a cool and dry day for the most part, until some thunderstorms drenched some riders and others' tents and belongings (such as one radio reporter). The ride started in the Village of Medina, which has a historic section of downtown (see pictures in slideshow), including Bent's Opera House, from 1864.
Governor Cuomo plans to follow up with the White House after he’s heard nothing about a request he made for federal disaster assistance to aid the Mohawk Valley. Torrential downpours in late June caused extensive flooding. Cuomo returned over the weekend to reassess conditions following the on-going recovery efforts.
Rain overnight before the first day of the Cycling the Erie Canal ride might have worried some riders. But the overcast morning kept everyone cool as the ride got underway Sunday around 8:00 a.m. Riders were in evidence from Texas, Florida, Missouri, California, Toronto, Arizona, as well as neighboring states. Mothers rode alongside teen and younger daughters, couples rode together, adult children coaxed their parents to join them, a boy scout troop sponsored by a church hit the trail. The large group quickly stretched out along the 46-mile first day.