While we are choosing to "bike" the Erie Canal this year, we are seeing rental boats "cruising" the Erie Canal. They may have bikes onboard to access services at the various ports and towns, but they just "cruise" between towns, staying tied up in a different port every night. So we're thinking that might be fun for next year. We could rent a boat and just "cruise" the canals, having our various friends and relatives join us for a few days here; and a few days there. Could be GREAT fun! Let us know via e-mail if you might be interested in "cruising" with us for a day or two here and there.