We had so much fun with the ladies at the Albion harbor that we nearly didn't get on the trail.
There are lift bridges, tall bridges and little towns which now depend very little on canal traffic.
Except for providing cheap pizza and ice cream to a few cyclists.
Near Syracuse in the East, the Old Erie Canal has been abandoned and is protected by a long linear State Park. It is more pastoral here, often single track along the tree shaded canal edge.
And, of course, there are signs
...And our favorite, near a particularly beautiful B&B...