The Erie Canal needs better kayak access. Here’s a case in point: May 2nd, paddler Richard Harpham and photographer Glenn Charles set out on a 500 mile long kayak expedition that began in the Erie Canal Harbor in Buffalo and will eventually end at the Statue of Liberty in a few weeks time. Click here to watch a newscast video of their departure: http://wyrk.com/historic-erie-canal-kayak-trip-departs-from-buffalo-video/ Come on Buffalo – is this the best you had to offer these kayakers in terms of kayak access to the Erie Canal? The politician being interviewed is clueless. How about building some ramps to floating docks for kayakers?
In my experience kayaking the Erie Canal, I found most docks were built for motor boats and were totally useless to kayakers. It’s an opportunity NY State is missing in terms of increasing tourism to the Erie Canal.
Back to Harpham and Charles. They have dubbed their project the New York State’s Spare Seat Kayak Expedition. The name stems from the fact that both men are paddling tandem kayaks and thus they each have a spare seat on their boats. Those who would like to join them out on the water can fill out a registration form online and if chosen they’ll be able to ride along for a leg of the journey.