Erie Canalway Trail: Jordan NY to Camillus NY

On the morning of Sunday, May 29, we drove from the Airbnb in Scipio Center NY that we were renting for the week of May 25 through June 1 to Jordan NY, a distance of approximately 19 miles. Our destination was the Erie Canalway Trail. We rode only a small portion of the trail, Jordan to Camillus.

We parked at the Jordan trailhead, alongside Canal Street.
Bob is ahead of me on the trail.
At the Stop sign, we will cross over S. McDonald Road
Jordan, NY
As we crossed over Bennetts Corners Road, I spotted a sign.
The sign indicates that we rode alongside the Old Erie Canal.
Memphis, NY
I liked the Welcome sign on this portion of the trail.
Memphis, NY

A little farther along the trail we came across a garden. The garden is the Bryan M. Place Memorial.

Bryan M Place Memorial
Memphis, NY

Who is Bryan M Place? Bryan died in January 2010, when he was 39 years old. He was a well known financial expert. His interests included coaching youth sports, reading, downhill skiing, and long distance running.

The Bryan M Place Memorial is a beautiful place along the trail.
Bryan M Place Memorial
a Canal Fishing Pier
Warners, NY

The pier leaned A LOT to the right. I took a couple steps forward on the deck, took this picture, and immediately turned around to walk off the deck!

Erie Canalway Trail
Camillus, NY

We soon arrived at the Camillus Erie Canal Park.

This map shows where we were on the Erie Canalway Trail.
We ate a picnic lunch at this park pavilion.

A man and woman who had passed by us at the Jordan trailhead, as we were unloading our bicycles, were eating lunch at this pavilion as well. They were in for the long haul. This day they had started out in Niagara Falls and were riding to Syracuse, or beyond, before calling it a night. They had camping gear, or they stayed in a hotel on rainy nights.

After lunch we rode to the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, approximately 1 mile farther east on the trail.

The 9 Mile Creek Aqueduct was built in1842 and was in use from 1845 to 1918.
It was one of 32 aqueducts on the 19th century Erie Canal.
9 Mile Creek Aqueduct (at trail level)
9 Mile Creek Aqueduct (base level)
Photo by Bob
If you look closely, you can see me on top of the aqueduct.

After seeing the aqueduct, we rode back to the pavilion where we had eaten lunch.  At this point I had ridden 12 miles. The most bicycle miles that I had ridden so far this year was 8.37 miles earlier in May.  I decided I had done enough riding for the day.  My legs were very tired.  My knee; however, was not hurting (yay!).  I thought it best to stop before the pain started.  Bob rode his bicycle back to our car, while I stayed at the park.   I spent part of my time at a picnic table in the pavilion where we ate lunch.  The rest of the time I sat at a bench alongside the Erie Canalway Trail. 

I enjoyed my view, while waiting at Camillus Erie Canal Park.

It was really cool, when a tour boat went by where I was sitting!

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

Bob left Camillus Erie Canal Park around 12:50 pm, and he returned with the car at approximately 2:30 pm. Upon his return, we visited Sims’ Canal Store Museum.

Sims’ Canal Store Museum
Sims’ Canal Store Museum
This wall mural of a boat traveling over the 9 Mile Creek Aqueduct is on the second floor.
Sims’ Canal Store Museum
This fully furnished dollhouse depicts life in the 1800s.
Sims’ Canal Store Museum
On the first floor is a replica of the original store.
I *almost” said “hello” to the store keeper.
The cutout looked very realistic.
The eyes followed you, too!

Will we ride on the Erie Canalway Trail again? We hope so! No plans have been made to do so, though, in the immediate future.