On November 4th 1825, at 5:00 AM in New York Harbor, Governor Dewitt Clinton aboard the USS Dolphin poured a barrel of Lake Erie water into the Atlantic Ocean, ceremoniously joining the great ocean with the artificial river that opened up a successful bold new chapter in America’s biography. What’s really great, is after 186 years, you can still travel the route of Erie Canal. Navigate it by boat as I’ve done. Or bike across New York next July. Too intrepid? Just jump on Amtrak at Penn Station and enjoy the view as the route parallels many sections of the canal from Albany to Buffalo. Or next summer charter a canal boat with you as the the captain. The Erie Canal. A journey and a destination. Go live it.