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Two wheels on the towpath

"We couldn't stop at every place or we'd never get through," Scherer said with a laugh, adding that he tried to space out the stops, some of which will include refreshments.

Highlights include:

The Rexford Aqueduct: Built in 1841 as part of the Erie Canal's enlargement, the acqueduct used to carry canal boats across the Mohawk River. In 1917, the Barge Canal replaced the Erie, and the old aqueduct was used as a bridge for cars before the present bridge was built in 1964.

Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve: Created in 1977, the preserve covers 600 acres and contains remains of the Erie Canal, including an original lock and dry dock. It is part of the Vischer Ferry Historic District. The cast iron canal bridge at the preserve's entrance was designed and built by Squire Whipple, an 1830 Union College graduate.

Crescent Park: The longest aqueduct on the Erie Canal, the Crescent Aqueduct carried the Erie Canal into Saratoga County. It was 1,160 feet long and with 26 arches to support the towpath.

Waterford Waterfront and Visitor Center: The center stands at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers.

Cohoes Falls: The recently opened overlook at Cohoes Falls lets visitors gets closer to the falls than ever. The overlook has "really developed into one of our defining parts of the byway," Hamilton said, adding that the City of Cohoes has done a "great job" trying to maintain the Erie Canal locks that remain throughout the city.

Although it's possible to drive the byway, both Hamilton and Scherer recommended people try biking the route or walking it when time allows.

"The neatest things are the things that you see when you get out of your car," Hamilton said.

When the men give tours of the byway, it's common for people to express surprise at its rich history.

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