Cyclists arrive in Albany after pedaling along Erie Canal

July 15, 2019 07:18 AM

It’s a journey across upstate New York, 21 years in the making.    

Cyclists logged hundreds of miles along the Erie Canal, before arriving in the Capital Region.


650 cyclists’ road into Albany on Sunday morning. Trekking across New York State via the Erie Canal way trail, starting in Buffalo.

“It is just a wonderful experience,” said cyclist, David Kimball.

For the DeMeritt family of Malta, it’s a family affair.

“We rode over 400 miles over 8 days to get to Albany. We are finally here,” said Ian DeMeritt.

“We rode the whole way, we pedaled going up the hills, and we made it.”

This was the DeMeritt’s second time participating in Cycle the Erie Canal, thanks to Parks and Trails New York. The ride is 40 to 60 miles a day packed with plenty of breaks, leisure time to explore museums, locks, and local history before camping out each night.

The agency’s executive director says many people outside of New York State do not even realize the Erie Canal is a working waterway.

“The Erie Canal is an iconic part of American history. It opened up the West. It opened up ideas, evolution, suffragism. It was quite amazing to build Clinton’s Ditch between Buffalo and Albany,” said Executive Director of Parks and Trails, Robin Dropkin,  

To hear more about the ride, click on Jill Konopka’s report.


Jill Konopka and WNYT staff

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