CASTINE, Maine — Jeffrey Taub of Castine completed a 400-mile, eight-day journey along the Erie Canalway Trail, which stretches across New York State along the historic Erie Canal between Buffalo and Albany. Taub was one of more than 500 cyclists who took part in the 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour organized by Parks & Trails New York, a non-profit advocacy group. Taub’s riding companion was his sister, Gretchen Pulver, of Naples, New York.
“The Cycling the Erie Canal tour is an inexpensive and healthy way to explore the Erie Canal and the unique communities along it. I call it a rolling summer camp for all ages,” said Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York. “This year we had cyclists from 36 states plus several hundred volunteers in communities along the route ready to welcome riders and help them discover what makes the canal and upstate New York so special.”
“The entire ride was awesome!” said Taub, an assistant professor at Maine Maritime Academy. “The scenery was beautiful and the support we received along the way energized us to keep on pedaling.”
The riders, ages 4 through 89, left Buffalo on Sunday, July 7, and arrived in Albany on Sunday, July 14. In between, they passed through scenic landscapes, visited canal locks and the many “canal towns” that developed when the canal was built in the early 1800’s, and explored museums, shops, wineries, and other attractions.
Parks & Trails New York, a statewide nonprofit parks and trails advocacy organization, works to create a network of parks, trails and open space across the state for all to use and enjoy. Funds raised will help support Parks & Trails New York’s trail programs, including its work on the Canalway Trail. When complete, the 524-mile Canalway Trail will be the longest intra-state multi-use trail system in the nation.
For more information on Cycling the Erie Canal, visit Parks & Trails New York’s website, www.ptny.org.