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Cycling the Erie Canal Tour Arrives in Seneca Falls

They started out in Buffalo on Sunday, July 11, leaving their cars behind. Some 500 bicyclists from 35 states will be arriving in Seneca Falls on Tuesday, July 13 as participants in the 12th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization. The 400-mile bicycle tour ends on Sunday, July 18 in Albany.About three-quarters of the journey is on the off-road Erie Canalway Trail. When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest statewide trails in the United States.“The 12th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour is an inexpensive and healthy way to explore the Erie Canal and upstate New York. Plus it’s fun. I call it a rolling summer camps for all ages,” says Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin. “We have cyclists from over 35 states plus several hundred volunteers in communities along the route ready to welcome riders and help them discover what makes the Erie Canal and upstate New York unique.”The Seneca Falls schedule is as follows Tuesday, July 13–Pittsford to Seneca FallsOvernight: Mynderse Academy, Seneca Falls6:00am – 8:00am – Breakfast at Nazareth College with representative from the Mormon Church & the Village of Palmyra8:00am – 12:00pm – Morning Rest Stop – Palmyra Village Park hosted by the Palmyra Kiwanis12:00pm – 5:00pm – Afternoon Rest stop – Clyde Village Park – Town of Galan Historic Society as well as area churches open2:30pm – 9:30pm – Shuttle bus taking cyclists to Seneca Falls museums and dinner in Seneca Falls and Vince’s Park for swimming4:30pm – 6:30pm – Wine & cheese reception at Peoples Park, Seneca Falls5:00pm – 5:30pm – Whale Story at Peoples Park4:30pm – 7:30pm – Ice Cream Social7:00pm – 8:00pm Community Band Concert– Peoples Park, Seneca Falls.Museums in Seneca Falls open late. See local brochure for scheduleWednesday, July 14 – Seneca Falls – SyracuseOvernight: Burnet Park, Syracuse6:00am – 8:00am – Breakfast at Mynderse Academy8:00am – 12:00pm – Morning Rest Stop, Port Byron Middle School12:00pm – 5:00pm – Afternoon Rest Stop, Camillus, Sims Erie Canal Store/Museum. Canal Boat Rides about 45 minute tour over the only restored aquaduct in NYS at 11, 12 & 1.3:30-4:45pm – Reception – Rosemont-Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park – drawing for Terry Cycling saddles – must be present to win2:00pm – 9:00pm – Shuttle Service to Erie Canal Museum (until 8:00) and Armory Square3:00pm – Shuttle Bus to Sainte among the Iroquois & The Salt Museum will return at 4pm5:00pm – 7:00pm – Dinner at Rosemont-Gifford Zoo7:00 – 8:00pm – Sam Clemence – Engineering the Erie Canal at the Zoo7:00pm – 9:00pm – Music by Chris Farrar at Rosemont-Gifford Zoo The NYS Canal Corporation is the Premier State Sponsor of Cycling the Erie Canal for the 12th straight year. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is the event’s Heritage Sponsor. Supporting sponsors include CSEA, Brookfield Power, and M&T Bank. Other sponsors include Wegmans and I LOVE NY.Great Hudson Valley PedalParks and Trails New York puts on another multi-day bicycling tour through the picturesque Hudson Valley. The Great Hudson Valley Pedal, a six-day, 200-mile bicycle tour from Albany to New York City is set for August 10 – 15. For further information on the Great Hudson Valley Pedal, call 518-434-1583, e-mail hudsontour@ptny.org or visit www.ptny.org/hudsontour.

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