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‘Tuesdays on the Towpath’ bike rides to return this summer

— This year will be the second anniversary of the award-winning Tuesdays on the Towpath - a series of eight recreational bike rides along the Erie Canalway Trail in the Old Erie Canal State Park.

Hosted by local canal-related museums and organizations, these social rides are free to attend and will take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, May through August. Tuesdays on the Towpath is a great way to explore the scenic Erie Canalway Trail as each ride will highlight a different section and feature a unique speaker.

Tuesdays on the Towpath schedule:

• May 13 : Chittenango ride; meet at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

• May 27: DeWitt ride; meet at Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt

• June 10: Syracuse ride; meet at the Erie Canal Museum in Downtown Syracuse

• June 24 : Fayetteville ride; meet at Canal Landing Park

• July 8: Chittenango ride; meet at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

• July 22: Oneida ride; meet at Oneida Commons

• August 12: Camillus ride; meet at Camillus Erie Canal Park

All rides start at 6 p.m. Helmets required. These are recreational rides that are mostly off-road and appropriate for anyone with some biking experience. Before each ride, route details and speaker information will be posted on the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Facebook page. Questions? Call the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum at 687- 3801.

For those interested in cycling on their own, Madison County Tourism also released a new Erie Canalway Trail cycling guide called Canalways to Country Byways, available for free in kiosks throughout Madison County and online at madisontourism.com/madco_tours.pdf

Canalways to Country Byways offers three great routes to explore the open spaces and unique places around the Erie Canalway Trail. From rolling hills and glacially carved valleys to flat farm land and Oneida Lake these routes will take you through, over and around some of the most breathtaking views in Central New York.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some things to see and do along the way: Watch the buffalo roam at Empire Buffalo, witness the power of water at Chittenango Falls State Park, step back in time at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, see local artifacts at the Canastota Canal Town Museum, explore nature at the Great Swamp Conservancy, and discover the society behind Oneida Silver. The routes offer easy to moderate traveling and can be easily combined to give you a full day or weekend of adventure.

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