In May, the legacy of New York State’s Erie Canal and Hudson River will lure adventurers Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles to kayak an epic 500 miles from Buffalo’s Historic Erie Canal Harbor on May 1 to the Statue of Liberty at the end of the month. I LOVE NEW YORK, invited world-renowned kayaker, Richard Harpham, from the U.K. to make history while chronicling the dynamic locations along the Erie Canal and its 35 locks, before reaching Albany and joining the Hudson River. The trip continues south on the Hudson River to their iconic final destination -- the Statue of Liberty.
The journey is called ‘New York State’s Spare Seat Kayak Expedition’ as both Harpham and Charles will kayak the route in double seated kayaks, inviting members of the public and media to join them along the way. The month-long expedition will highlight the heritage, culture, wildlife, landmarks, and activities along the route. With a dedicated website with social media feeds, the public will be able to follow Harpham, Charles and all those that join them every stroke of the way. You can follow them across New York State on the Spare Seat Blog where they'll be posting daily updates.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to cheer on the expeditioners and take advantage of the many events taking place along the route. Harpham and Charles will meet the communities, host talks, coach about kayaking and attend community events to promote New York state waterways. Experience the rich history, hometown hospitality, and numerous attractions of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Hudson River Valley Greenway.
The adventurers will be kayaking through Gasport early Wednesday morning. They will be leaving Widewaters around 7:00 AM Wednesday, which should put them in downtown Gasport no later than 7:45 AM.