Parks and Trails New York’s 18th annual Cycle the Erie Canal bicycle tour stopped July 12 in Palmyra and Lyons as part of the 400-mile journey along the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany.

More than 650 riders made their first water stop at the Port of Palmyra, where they were welcomed by members of the Palmyra-Macedon Kiwanis Club and Palmyra Harbor Hosts. In Lyons, the riders stopped at the Peppermint Museum for water, air conditioning and tours.

Riders covered 50 miles per day and stayed overnight in Buffalo, Medine, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, Syracuse, Rome, Canajoharie and Schenectady in tent cities or other lodging from national hotels to bed and breakfasts.

“Cycle the Erie Canal tour is a wonderful way to explore the Erie Canal and upstate New York, plus it’s fun, healthy and good for the economy,” said Robin Dropkin, PTNY executive director. “We had cyclists ages 3-92 from 38 states and as far away as Australia, and they all got to experience what makes the Erie Canal and upstate New York so special.”

More than three-quarters of the tour was on the Erie Canalway Trail. When the trail is finished, it will be the longest multi-use trail in the U.S. A recent study showed that the trail annual receives more than 1.5 million visits and generates a $253 million economic impact.

The riders arrived in Albany on July 17.