Things are getting a bit tense here in America. Russia may or may not have hacked our elections and our reality tv star-turned president elect is worryingly close to being inaugurated. It sounds like a legendary SNL skit, but sadly, it’s all too real. Luckily, New Yorkers may have a straight shot to flee for the Canadian mountains.
Well, straight shot may be a bit of an exaggeration. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a plan to connect a series of paved hiking trails that will run from NYC to Canada, and it should be completed by 2020. The path, which will be open to walking and bicycles, will start with the Hudson River Greenway which begins in Battery Park, Manhattan. From there, the trail will stretch 260 miles north to Lake George. Sights along the Greenway will include the scenic Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, and Fort Ticonderoga.
Then, your journey will turn on to the Erie Canalway, which will run for another 360 miles across the state to Buffalo. You will see the Erie Canal, the Mohawk River, and a number of quaint small towns and farmland.
The total trail will be 750 miles long, and will be the longest multi-use trail in the country (and ironically, it leads right to another country). You’re going to want a decent pair of shoes for the journey, though, because it would take over a week to walk the whole thing in one shot. But hey, if Forest Gump ran all the way across the country, you totally got this.