I set off on my Erie Canal bike trip today. Originally I was going to leave Saturday, two days ago, but yesterday was predicted to be rainy so I waited.
I left Hilton NY around 2 so I only had a few hours until dark. The weather was fine, a bit windy in places but not bad. I'm trying to adjust to the cold weather cycling by taking more breaks to regulate temperature better.
My new saddle is going to take some getting used to. It's actually an old saddle that I pulled off my old bike an put on my touring bike. I think it is harder than the one I was using. It also has a groove down the middle for ventilation and circulation, so it should feel better once I get used to it.
For my first night on the Erie Canal I ended up finding a nice little pine forest area for the night. It's a bit close to a road, but nice soft ground and I'm well hidden. Tomorrow I should be spending the night in Lockport with a warmshowers host who also thru hiked the AT, so that should be good.