Not only are we asking folks to follow our trek online, but if you’re in the area, join us to begin or finish a leg or even walk an entire day or more. If you don’t wish to walk but would like to visit, invite us to dinner (though we may have to ask you to provide transportation, too).
Here is our itinerary for the Erie Canal walk. No, we’re not usually this exacting when we travel, but we couldn’t see ourselves walking into a town to find no rooms available, particularly since some of the smaller towns have only a B&B and/or a small motel. Therefore, we already have reservations for every night of the trip.
Wednesday, May 4: Some fantastic friends (Anna and Pamela) will carry us to Niawanda Park in Tonawanda, where the canal leaves the Niagara River. We will stay in North Tonawanda that night at the Scottish Inn.
Thursday, May 5: Walk to Lockport, staying at the Quality Inn.
Friday, May 6: Walk to Medina, where we have reservations at the Garden View B&B.
Saturday, May 7: Continue to Albion and Dollinger’s Motor Inn, even though we won’t have a motor. Hopefully, we’ll get into our room in time to watch the Kentucky Derby.
Sunday, May 8: Back on the road to Holley, staying in the Peach Room at Rosewood B&B. Doesn’t that sound like a peachy treat for Mother’s Day?
Monday, May 9: Walk to Brockport and a room in the Econo Lodge.
Tuesday, May 10: We will end our day at the Adams Basin Inn, which looks like the only business in Adams Basin, just before Spencerport.
Wednesday, May 11: Beginning our first city traverse, we’ll stay in La Quinta Inn Rochester North.
Thursday, May 12: After walking city streets all day, we’ll stop at the Canal Lamp Inn, Pittsford.
Friday, May 13: Our tenth day of walking takes us to Twenty Woodlawn B&B in Fairport, where we will spend two nights.
Sunday, May 15: Fresh from our break, we will walk to Palmyra, where we have a reservation in the Spring Room of the Beckwith Mansion.
Monday, May 16: Back in our walking routine, we continue on to Newark and a room in the Vintage Gardens Bed & Breakfast.
Tuesday, May 17: A different type of adventure may await us at Erie Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Clyde. Yes, you might spell that “eerie” because there are rumors it is haunted.We’re not worried about television on the trip, but we are rather hoping the ghosts will let us watch the “NCIS” season finale.
Wednesday, May 18: There isn’t any motel or B&B along the next leg, but we learned that Hejamada Campground just outside Montezuma has some RVs to rent. There you go.
Thursday, May 19: The next day takes us to Weedsport, where we’ll stay at the Rodeway Inn.
Friday, May 20: Camillus is our next target, where we’re staying at the Motel Thomas.
Saturday, May 21: Next, we’re headed into the heart of Syracuse. We’re off the canal at this point because it’s turned north, without a trail, to enter Oneida Lake. Here, we’re staying in the Quality Inn & Suites Downtown.
Sunday, May 22: Following another day of city walking, we’ll stay at the Holiday Inn Express in East Syracuse.
Monday, May 23: Today, we’ll pick up the old canal, which is shown in our feature photo above. Tonight, we’ll be in the Cardinal Room of the Bird Brook Bed & Breakfast, in the Village of Chittenango. Our hostess, Terry, said if we get into trouble to call and they’d come pick us up. Nice folks, huh?
Tuesday, May 24: Oneida is our destination, along with a bed at Super 8.
Wednesday, May 25: We’ll make Rome today. The B&B where we wanted to stay cannot take us because the owner is making her first-ever trip to Alaska. Hey, we can’t begrudge her that, so we’ll stay at the Hampton Inn. We will spend two nights here.
Friday, May 27: Mainly because our plans didn’t work out quite exactly like we first thought, we will have three consecutive two-night stays. This one will be at Utica’s Red Roof Inn.
Sunday, May 29: Back on the trail, our next destination is Herkimer, where we’ll stay two nights at its Red Roof Inn. These three two-day stops should give us time to catch up on our notes … or to explore the area.
Tuesday, May 31: We begin the final stretch by walking to Little Falls, where Travelodge is expecting us.
Wednesday, June 1: We’re really looking forward to our visit to INn by the Mill in Saint Johnsville. In its early years, it served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Now, it’s the home of Thodar the Robot. We’ll tell you more once we arrive.
Thursday, June 2: A couple of retired teachers run the Pineapple House in Canajoharie and we’ve promised each other a little swapping of stories.
Friday, June 3: The Riverside Motel in Fultonville provides the only lodging I found between Canajoharie and Amsterdam. And, guess what, it’s on the side of the Mohawk River.
Saturday, June 4: We will be smelling the waters of the Hudson River by the time we reach our Super 8 in Amsterdam.
Sunday, June 5: The next-to-the-last city is Schenectady, where we’ll stay at the Hampton Inn.
Monday, June 6: After walking to our last hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Airport in the town of Latham, we’re still not finished. On Tuesday, we’ll walk the final 10 miles or so to where the Mohawk River and the Erie Canal flow into the Hudson River. Our plan, after a brief celebration, is to call a taxi to take us back to the Hampton Inn for our final night. The next morning, we’ll rent a car to return to Darien Lake and get ready to start work.