Hi all, my husband & I just finished a 4 day bike tour of the Erie Canal in New York state. We cycled with a large group from Buffalo to Syracuse. The vast majority of the riders are continuing on to Albany NY, making a cross state trek. We opted for the 4day tour as it was my 1st time riding long distance. I highly recommend the tour for anyone interested in a supported bike ride. The history of the canal was fascinating, for example we learned the coining of the name Empire State (NY) refers to the role the Erie Canal played in knitting together the agricultural Midwest to the industrial Northeast. Because of the Appalachian Mountains, NY state was the only geographic area where a canal could be dug linking the port of NY C with the Great Lakes. We camped along the way (some folks hotel led it), there were talks about the history of the region at night, music at night, etc. Breakfast & dinners were provided, as were healthy snacks& water along the way. The tour was incredibly well organized. There were 760 of us, some were volunteers helping out, but the vast majority were cyclists, yet I never encountered a line for showers (amazing,huh?), only quick lines for meals. The was a support crew at the ready to help change a tire, bandage someone up, or rescue some one who needed to call it quits. There were also creative talks on bike safety, etc.