Day 12 – 300 + miles
We left Lake Placid, NY and road the Seaway Trail – Hwy 3 and Hwy 104.
We got a glimpse of Lake Ontario from the road.
Upstate New York is beautiful country and I recommend if you’ve never been there, put it on your vacation bucket list because it is breathtaking.
We ended our great day of riding with no rain in Rochester, NY at the Renaissance at Del Monte on the Erie Canal.
The Erie Canal was built by Irish immigrants. It took 8 years to build and opened in 1825, bringing a huge economic boom to the area, like oil did to Texas, making the Port of NY what it is today. This 363 mile long canal connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean allowing the free flow of goods from the Atlantic to the Mid-west and the Mid-west to the Atlantic.
In 2000 the United States Congress designated the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to recognize the national significance of the canal system as the most successful and influential human-built waterway and one of the most important works of civil engineering and construction in North America.
Today there is a 350 mile long trail that parallels the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany. A water way that once carried cargo vessels, tugs and barges now is preserved and enjoyed by pleasure boats, bicyclists, joggers, and tourists like me.