How to bike to Duke Farms (with a detour to the new Flounder Brewing)

Biking to Duke Farms has been on the list for a while.

But if we wanted to benefit from the calmness of the D&R Canal towpath for much of the ride, the trade-off would be some stretches of busy road. Would it be worth it?

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Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s Full Moon Ride is back!

I love the Lawrence Hopewell Trail but haven’t been on its Full Moon Ride in – gulp! – five years. Time to go back!

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Erie Canal bike ride: We reach Albany on Day 7

Congratulate four new end-to-enders!

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Too much pie on the Erie Canal from Utica to Amsterdam

It seems hard to believe, but there is such a thing as too much pie. And I learned that lesson on day 6 of our Buffalo-to-Albany bike ride along the Erie Canal.

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Erie Canal bike ride: Syracuse to Utica on day 5

The highlight of the 58-mile day: meeting up with one of our East Coast Greenway friends who happened to be in the area.

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Erie Canal bike ride: Seneca Falls to Syracuse

Four important women who aren’t the usual Suffragettes.

Look for the references to 19 in Seneca Falls —we spotted signs for the right to run 19 (that’s a 19k run) and had breakfast (and a great conversation with two locals) at Cafe 19.

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Erie Canal day 3: Rochester to Seneca Falls

This is the day we really started seeing people on the Erie Canal trail — walking, biking, even some who, like us, had gear and probably also are end-to-enders.

And then the boats. The canal is still in use for pleasure!

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Erie Canal bike ride day 2: A wet day from Buffalo to Medina

This is not a photo Brian should see. He’s the guy who gives me grief over how filthy my bike gets.

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Erie Canal bike ride: A crisis on the way from Buffalo to Medina

It was shaping up to be a perfect day: sunny, warm enough for a sleeveless bike jersey, chocolate cake for breakfast… because why not?

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Erie Canal bike ride: Exploring Buffalo

We took a day at the start of this week-long bike ride along the Erie Canal to get a feel for Buffalo: the wealth from a century ago when industrialists were building their mansions along Delaware Avenue with the profits from their grain silos, from when the Pan-American Exhibition that showed off the promises of the new century was marred by a presidential assassination, and when Art Deco became the fashion.

Actually, there wasn’t enough time to see everything.

So if you have to pick one thing, my recommendation is Buffalo River History Tours and its boat and walking tour of Silo City, an abandoned collection of grain elevators stretching up to 10 stories tall as well as a couple of adjacent buildings that are slowly being turned into housing.

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