Albany, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending several members of his cabinet by bicycle along the Erie Canal on parts of the 400-mile ride that starts Sunday.
Officials say the eight-day tour from Buffalo to Albany will have about 500 cyclists and generally cover 40 to 60 miles daily, with overnights planned at schools or parks.
About two-thirds of the ride follows asphalt or compact stone on completed portions of the generally level Canalway Trail.
Cabinet members are promoting upstate economic development. None are expected to ride all the way.
They include parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, economic development Commissioner Kenneth Adams and conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens.
The canal itself, which was damaged in flooding last year, is open to boat traffic.
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