The Pedalshift Project 206: The Erie Canal Trail Revisited - Part 3

The Pedalshift Project 206: The Erie Canal Trail Revisited – Part 3

Revisiting my never-released 2015 bike tour journal of the Erie Canal Trail through western and central NY with some perspective from 2020. In part three we wrap up the tour with some of the best riding of the entire trip, and a fantastically comical ending because I taunted the bike touring gods.

The Pedalshift Project 206: The Erie Canal Trail Revisited - Part 3

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News & Housekeeping

Breaking news! Great news for you C&O heads… the campgrounds on the northern/western end of the trail are OPEN. (Frederick, Allegheny and Washington counties). Look for another socially distanced, responsible Pedalshift tour in June! Details on the C&O conditions page.
Hiker-bike Campsites – open in Frederick, Washington, and Allegany Counties (Calico Rocks mm 47.6  to Evitts Creek near Cumberland). Please bring your own water as pump handles will not be replaced and turned on at this time. Restrooms may be open and will be cleaned twice weekly. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, soap, and toilet paper as these items have been the subject of theft.
Amazing news. I plan to do a tour in the next few weeks that loops from my cabin in WV to the Cumberland end of the trail and back. More to come!
This week… the thrilling (and frankly, hysterical) conclusion to the 2015 Erie Canal adventure. Next week’s best of will be the wrap up episode from the ride just to tie a ribbon around things.
We have amazing stuff coming in June… a new tour it looks like, some interviews and more. Stick around!

Tour Journal: The Erie Canal Trail Revisited

Since bike touring adventures are on pause, but the desire to be on them isn’t, the Pedalshift Project is proud to dust off never-releases tour journals of past rides! For the next several weeks we’ll be revisiting my 2015 tour of the trail that started it all for me… the Erie Canal Bike Trail.
I’ll pop in from time to time to give a little 2020 perspective on the ride. I’m going to be listening to this for the first time in years, so in some ways it’ll be like riding it all over again.
In part 3 we wrap up the ride through the rest of central New York and wrap up on the east side in Albany.

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