As we checked out, the attendant told us that by next year there would be continuous usable towpath for the entire length of the Erie Canal. Apparently, state or federal funding has been authorized to develop the entire towpath. I'm skeptical of the completion date, but I'd love to ride the entire canal under those conditions. Riding along the towpath for the last two days was extraordinary!
We had a little trouble finding our way out of Newark, but we reached the canal towpath by 11:30 a.m. We attempted the Wayne County EC Heritage Trail in Lyons, but it was rough grass with sections of mud. After only a short distance, we decided we had enough and got off onto a cross-road. By the time we cleaned the mud from our tires and brakes and figured an alternate route, it was 12:30 one hour to go seven-tenths of a mile!
Since we stuck to roads after that, our pace was better. The shoulders
were good and there were a few small hills. We followed Harvey's Seneca
Falls Bypass route, continuing to head east, staying near the old Erie
Canal. In Savannah, we stopped for a picnic lunch at the town memorial.
There seemed to be a bit of traffic to nowhere as people cruised past us
to gape. Throughout the day, we met many friendly and curious people. The
standard response from children was, "I want one", and from adults, "That
The start of the towpath in the park was mowed grass, but within 100 yards it degraded into unmown grass singletrack strewn with branches. We backtracked and outlined another alternate route, along old Rte. 31 and new 31. Again, the drivers were generally safe and courteous. There must have been a motorcycle rally nearby because we passed lots of bikers. They seemed interested many stared and one group waved. I expect they saw us as fellow road-wanderers riding hogs without motors. Above-seat-steering would probably have clinched it.
We arrived at the Best Western in Weedsport by 4:30 p.m. The hotel was
rather expensive for a motel with few facilities. We ate at the nearby
Old Erie restaurant which has a laundromat in the same building. The food
was commendable (blackened swordfish), but there was a limited choice avoiding
steaks or heavy sauces. The laundry was well-needed.