Read what some of our viewers said about the Empire State Trail film:
August 18, 2021
This film is fantastic. Honest, heartfelt, well shot, well edited…just great all the way around. I started watching it last night and couldn’t stop. Bravo my friend!!! I love seeing Jess trying to figure the whole thing out…great touch!
October 1, 2021
I can’t thank you enough for your extraordinary movie about the Empire State Trail. I was part of the team that made the project happen, and it would be great if we could sit down for a drink some day. If we had tried to create a promotional film about the EST, we couldn’t have done any better. I can’t describe how it feels to see a project like this go from idea, to construction, to dream come true – but seeing your story completely captured that vision
Saratoga Springs, NY
PS: you even managed to include two people we know (John at the bike shop in Schuylerville, and Conner who was riding towards NYC in the Hudson Valley). The world needs more connections like that.
December 8, 2021
From the office of Jimmy Fallon:
I just wanted to tell you that I watched your film and loved it. LOVED. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I don’t know much about fishing, so the history was so interesting to me. And I didn’t know how much passion people have for the sport. And respect. And I really really loved how INTERESTED you genuinely were in your guests and their stories. I love a good story. And everyone has one. You just have to pull it out of them.
And you did.
Respect, my friend. Nothing but respect for you.
Job well done. I got some good laughs in there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats.
Best to Jessica,
August 31, 2021
I watched the entire film just now (had planned to just skim through for several minutes, but it was so compelling I ended up watching all the way through). All I can say is WOW! — truly an epic tour, chasing the NYS springtime north, and capturing the diversity, beauty, and humor of NYS and the Empire State Trail. An incredibly well filmed, narrated, and produced piece. Over the past four years, I’ve biked and rebiked the statewide 750-mile route, but fantastic to see it through the lens of intrepid travelers new to bicycling, and discovering out of the way parts of the Hudson and Champlain Valleys.
The Empire State Trail program doesn’t currently have a social media or promotion component (with construction of the statewide trail completed last December, I’m the sole remaining EST staff person). But I will reach out to my Communications colleagues at New York State Parks to see if they are interested in highlighting the film.
Would be great if you get the opportunity to ride the Erie Canalway Trail section of the Empire State Trail, from Buffalo to Albany (you can ride either direction, but most people ride west-to-east to take advantage of prevailing tailwinds from the west). The 350 miles is nearly 90% off-road trail, and the scenery, cities, and villages along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River Valley have a very different feel from your south-north ride. If you end up making this trip and would like company, let me know I’d be happy to join you for a day’s ride…..