BUFFALO, N.Y. — More than 650 people took part in the 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal, which began on Sunday morning.

Riders set up camp at Nichols School in North Buffalo on Saturday night.

Earlier in the day, they had the option of riding through Buffalo with various stops, or taking the Peace Bridge to Canada and riding to Niagara Falls. Those rides served as a warm-up for the 400-mile trip that began Sunday.

The tour follows the Erie Canalway Trail across New York State. Participants from Canada, Australia and 39 U.S. states will embark on this journey. Riders will travel 40 to 60 miles per day to reach their goal.

Organized by Park and Trails New York, the statewide nonprofit encourages people to experience significant and historic heritage regions.