HALFWAY THERE! DAY 4-: SENECA FALLS to SYRACUSE
PORT BYRON OLD ERIE CANAL HERITAGE PARK
Many locations throughout the 400-mile ride reveal signs of the original Erie Canal, either the waterway itself, where nature has begun to take over, or the stone walls of former locks whose waterways have been filled in over the years. The Old Erie Canal Heritage Park in Port Byron is one of the few locations where you can actually cycle through these lock remains. The museum provides several engaging exhibits and the 1895 Erie House Complex, the Erie House Tavern and Hotel, mule barn, and blacksmith shop will surely keep you off your wheels for a good chunk of your morning.
Holding back a smile is out of the question when you arrive at the rest stop at Camillus Landing, the halfway point between Buffalo and Albany along the Canal. It's time for a little celebration. After all, you've traveled 175 miles and only have 175 to go. Visit the Sims Store Museum, a replica of a nineteenth century canal-side store, in addition to enjoying the refreshments available at the official afternoon rest stop.
NINE MILE CREEK AQUEDUCT
Just east of the halfway point at Camillus Landing, you cross Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, an awesome fully-functioning "water bridge" which carries the canal waterway over the wide and flowing Nine Mile Creek. The functioning aqueduct is the result of a remarkable restoration effort undertaken by over 150 volunteers. Stop a moment to watch boats traverse the restored 1844 structure.
PETER'S POLAR PARLOR
After a long day of bicycling, Peter's Polar Parlor in Syracuse is the perfect way to cool off. Catch up with other riders as they congregate for a rest and a cone. 'Polar Storms' are a specialty of the house!
UPSIDE DOWN TRAFFIC LIGHT
It's a traffic light, it's upside down and it's probably the only functioning upside down traffic light in the United States. Of course it has an interesting story and the story is linked to the Irish heritage of the Tipperary Hill neighborhood in Syracuse in which it's located. Visit this quirky feature -- it's just blocks away from the overnight location in Burnet Park.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: RIDER STORIES
A CYCLE THE ERIE CANAL LOVE STORY
Many riders join the tour solo and make lifelong friends along the way. Diane and Andres met on Day 4 during the Halfway Celebration, stayed connected, married the next year in Sweden, then returned the following year to ride the tour again, this time in tandem...literally.