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. Riders educate themselves on what was once the towpath they are traveling on through educational artifacts and exhibits. Guests can get the full experience by visiting the life-size canal boat. It's nearly impossible to visit without learning something new about the canal and its incredible impact. 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, visitors experience the Enlarged Erie Canal, the iconic towpath, boating building and repair facilities. It features the restoration of the only remaining three-bay drydock and boatyard from the original Erie Canal. This "labor of love" from the surrounding community continues the legacy of the outstanding effort that went into the canal. Riders talk about the woodworking and blacksmith demonstrations the whole rest of the ride.
Riders complete their day full of learning about history at Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome. Before it served as the 'tent city' for Day 5 of the tour, it was a vital site for those traveling by water from the ocean to the Great Lakes. This notorious conflict led to the American alliance with the French. Known as the "fort that never surrendered", re-enactors perform the failed siege for a new type of traveler: those journeying 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 just standing there. 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 had come out for us (including one who needed a walker)"