IT'S REVOLUTIONARY: DAY 5 - SYRACUSE to ROME
A description of the interesting attractions and locations you experience on Day 5
filmed on location at Old Erie Canal State Historic Park,
a 36-mile stretch designated a National Recreational Trail by the National Parks Service.
ERIE CANAL MUSEUM
Day 5 is for history lovers! The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse is a must-see during the tour. Through educational artifacts and exhibits, you'll learn about the waterway you've been cycling alongside. Make sure to visit the lifesize canal boat to get the full experience. It's nearly impossible to visit without learning something new about the canal and its impact on New York State and the nation. Fun fact: the museum building is the only remaining weighlock building in the United States.
There's so much to see at Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. At Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, make sure to visit the boatbuilding and repair facilities. The Museum boasts a restoration of the only remaining three-bay dry dock and boatyard from the original Erie Canal era. Also, don't miss the woodworking and blacksmith demonstrations. Chittenango Landing is truly a "labor of love" from volunteers in the surrounding community.
Finish your day of history at Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome. Before it served as the 'tent city' for Day 5 of Cycle the Erie Canal, it was a vital site for those traveling by water from the ocean to the Great Lakes. A notorious conflict here led to the American alliance with the French. Known as the "fort that never surrendered," reenactors perform the failed siege for a new type of traveler: cyclists on the Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour.
The City of Rome will miss you this year!
A greeting from the mayor on behalf of the people and businesses of "The Copper City"
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: RIDER STORIES
"In addition to the constants of the tour, there are the unexpected moments of joy. I came around a curve in the path, and there was a throng of cyclists standing around. I was confused until I saw these men: barbershop singers. They had come out to serenade the cyclists in full regalia: black pants, white shirts, red striped vests, and straw hats. And they were very good. I also just stood there for several minutes, enjoying both the singing and the fact these men (including one who needed a walker)had come out for us "