Cycling the Erie Canal

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Visionaries are credited with discovering in 1985 what would become the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.  The roughly six acre site was overgrown with brush and trash.  Three-bay dry docks were restored.  The rebuilt versions are the only ones that exist on the Erie Canal.

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Visitors to the Erie Canal Museum starting this week can enjoy an elaborate new exhibit that turns the main-floor visitors’ center into a fun and interactive journey through history.

 

The museum celebrated the completion of the museum’s new permanent first-floor exhibit, “The Erie Canal Made New York” after more than ten years of preparation, design and construction.

 

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A coalition of local and state advocacy groups gathered at the Camillus Erie Canal Park Thursday to push for closing the remaining gaps in the 360-mile canalway trail in time for its bicentennial next year.  Progress has been made, but the most challenging gap appears to be right here in Syracuse.

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The Cycling the Erie Canal bike trip ended this past weekend.  Parks and Trails New York organized the 15 annual event.  A wide variety of people participated from 36 states and several other countries.

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The final day's ride of Cycling the Erie Canal had a lot of opportunity to enjoy views of the water, rivers, locks and waterfalls, all along nicely maintained public bike and recreation trails.  

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The next-to-last day of Cycling the Erie Canal might have been called Native American day.  The ride started in Canajoharie, a Mohawk word describing a feature of the Canajoharie Gorge.  Much of the day's cycling was back on the Erie Canalway trail system, which for part of this stretch stayed near the Mohawk River.  The recreation path went in and out of pleasant forested areas, giving glimpses of the Mohawk all along the way.A short detour off the path led to a Jesuit Shrine to Mohawk martyrs.

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Day 6 of Cycling the Erie Canal didn't include too much "canal".  Due to the flooding in Herkimer and Mohawk, the route of the cyclists had to be detoured, leaving out just about all the waterfront sections because they are damaged, unsafe or being restored. 

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Rome wasn't built -- or bicycled to -- in a day.  So after five days of riding, the 500+ cyclists that came to Syracuse  Wednesday made camp at Fort Stanwyx Thursday. 

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Riders in Cycling the Erie Canal traveled from tourism location Seneca Falls through CNY natural beauty to the historic Camillus Erie Canal Park Wednesday. 

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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.