Every year there is a bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany along the Old Erie Canal. Cyclists are put up in tents, feed mess hall style and their luggage moved ahead for them. Last nights stop was in Syracuse and tonight in Rome, where the first shovel for the canal was dug 200 years ago.
Along the way they stopped at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. This is the site of a boatyard that built and repaired canal barges. They have excavated three dry docks, and evidence of several buildings. A lot of reconstruction has been done making it one of the best museums along and about the canal. Worth a visit if you are in the area. A friend is the blacksmith and got me involved so I have a new "client" ( as I call my charities that I shoot for).
Pictures from today's visit.
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A small number of the bicycles that passed through.
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The building in the background was a store for canal boats to buy supplies from.
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My friend at work.