WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE: DAY 3 - FAIRPORT TO SENECA FALLS
One of 35 locks along the Erie Canal, Lock 30 in Macedon is one of the more accessible ones along the trail. By Day 3, you' probably feel you've earned a little rest so join your fellow riders to sit in the shade and look over the rails at the massive lock doors. If you're lucky, a boat comes by and you are treated to a lock in action..If you want a little more time off the saddle, venture across the canal to the Lock 30 Butterfly Nature Trail which, by mid-July, is getting a lot of action.
One of the best parts of Cycle the Erie Canal is the amazing communities you visit, many of which have special identities and features connected to the their histories. Don't miss Lyons, once the peppermint capital of the nation and perhaps the best-smelling community along the route, and its H.G. Hotchkiss Essential Oil Museum.
HISTORIC SENECA FALLS
When you Cycle the Erie Canal you cycle through history. The Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls commemorates the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. Make sure to visit the Waterfall at Declaration Park where you can reflect on the words of the Declaration of Sentiments, which may remind you of the fight for equality that still continues today and the strength in unity.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: RIDER STORIES
ART & JULANE
Art and Julane had been married for 48 years when they cycled the tour together in 2017,. Their family connections along the route inspired them to take many interesting side trips throughout the trip.
Read their account of how they cycled through so much national history that seemed quite personal to them while also enjoying beautiful countryside, architecture and early American technology.