Volunteers in Albion and Holley enjoy meeting cyclists

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 July 2024 at 5:21 pm

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ALBION/HOLLEY – About 550 cyclists passed through Orleans County today as part of the Cycling the Erie Canal ride. Today is Day 2 of an eight-day trip that goes 400 miles from Buffalo to Albany.

Today the cyclists started in Medina and headed about 60 miles east to Fairport.

Albion is an “unofficial” rest stop, but the Albion Merchants Association for many years has been there offering watermelon, bananas, oranges and granola bars. The Village of Albion also had water for the cyclists this morning.

Anita Finley and Kay Ecker of Albion enjoyed offering fruit and snacks to the cyclists, who come from 37 states.

“The cyclists are always a very nice group of people and always so appreciative of our ‘unofficial’ rest stop,” Finley said. “We have fun meeting them!”

Lori Laine greets Stan Farone of Albion, who is making the canal bike trek for the seventh year.

The cyclists reach the Holley rest stop near the canal gazebo.

This group from Holley greeted the cyclists and offered ice water, Gatorade, danishes and mini muffins. From left include Dan Mawn, Wendy Kenney, John Kenney and Lewis DeFilipps.