The 20th annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour reached its half-way point in Central New York.

The 400 mile trip began in Buffalo and will wrap up at the end of the canal in Albany. More than 700 bicyclists from 38 states are taking part in this tradition.

The group covers between 40-60 miles per day.

Along the way, cyclists can enjoy the scenery while learning about Upstate history.

"I think the thing about the Erie Canal is that we didn't realize what an integral part that was to the Westward expansion and how important that was to industry in connecting New York City to the Great Lake," says Larry Lewis, a cyclist participating from Pittsburgh. 

The bike tour is expected to reach Albany Sunday.