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Offline moniker000

need northern short cut
« on: March 28, 2009, 10:00:10 am »
I'm doing the Northern route this summer but, sadly, I don't have time to start from Maine. I need to start from NY and cut across to Lake Erie. I'd love to know if anyone could recommend a route that would get me to Buffalo. Alternatively, I could shoot across the southern route of PA then cut up to Buffalo or pick up the route at Huron.

Offline DU

Re: need northern short cut
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2009, 10:34:58 am »
Here is a link to the N.Y. state bike routes, hopefully it will help.

Offline jimbo

Re: need northern short cut
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2009, 10:23:23 pm »
Where in NY State are you starting from?  The Erie Canal towpath can take you from the Albany area to Buffalo. I used it last Fall from Buffalo to the Johnstown area before heading north towards Saratoga Springs. The Towpath is a great way to avoid traffic, but you still need to use roads about 1/3 of the time. We followed ACA map in Ontario Canada and Lake Connector in Michigan. There is a booklet of maps for using the Towpath.
I live in the Finger Lakes region..a great cycling region with many hills..a contrast to the flat Canal Towpath.

Offline ekonijnendijk

Re: need northern short cut
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 09:10:57 pm »

I'm interested to know how much information you've found so far, because I'm planning to cycle from Buffalo to NY cite and try to find out if that's a good plan. Thanks!

Offline litespeed

Re: need northern short cut
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2009, 06:01:39 pm »
I haven't done the Erie Canal towpath but I would still recommend it over crossing the Finger Lakes region. I picked my way around the lakes and did alt. 20 east-to-west. This area is very, very hilly with short, brutally steep ups and downs. Unless you want the workout I'd stick to the Canal.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2009, 08:51:45 pm by litespeed »

Offline Annalisa

Re: need northern short cut
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2009, 03:25:52 pm »
i did the northern tier last summer - east bound.
we also decided to cut through (into michigan ) to new york city.

so i would recommend (from nyc) going north on route 9 until Albany.  then west bound through syracuse and rochester to buffalo.  (i forgot the route number - but im sure its on a ny state bike map)
hope that helps! if you have any other questions feel free :)