Today’s Route: Route 5, Route 50, Ballston Lake Bike Trail, Route 67, Route 9.
Today: 73 miles. Total miles: 4045 Riding time: 5 hrs 18 min
Elevations: St. Johnsville: 328′ Saratoga Springs: 300′
Total ascent: 2329’ Total descent: 2535’
Calories: 4286 Avg speed 13.8 mph Max speed 28 mph
Spent most of the day on Route 5 East with a decent shoulder and good pavement for most of the ride. Met NY State Trooper Neely Jennings in Fonda who rode with me up to Burnt Hills.
We were met in Amsterdam NY (at the Amtrak Station on Route 5) by Officer Chris Cuddy, Amsterdam PD and Alice and Dawn Longobardo, Mother and Sister of Trooper Joseph Longobardo, NY State Police, EOW 9-3-2006. Took a break from the bikes and Officer Cuddy escorted us to the beautiful monument to Trooper Longobardo at the Amsterdam Town Hall (see pics) where we met Don Baker, NYSP, who was injured in the same incident that took the life of Trooper Longobardo. Reporter Rebecca Webster of the Amsterdam Recorder also met us at the Amtrak Station for an interview and pics.
Had police escorts from Amsterdam through Scotia and Schenectady to the Saratoga County line in Burnt Hills. Took route 50 out of Scotia north to Burnt Hills. Rode the bike trail in Ballston Lake for 3 miles en route to Malta where I met Jeanne and son Patrick for dinner at Jimmy’s Pizza and Pasta! Son Brian had taken the train up from NYC and met me at Malta to ride with me up to the Saratoga Eagles.
Weather was cool and overcast to start but leveled off into a nice day for riding – not too hot and slightly overcast.
Camped at the Eagles Lodge in Saratoga Springs NY – our home lodge. Both exhausted. Great to see our sons!
Quote for the Day: “May you always have love to share, health to spare and friends who care!” Anonymous (In an email from my sister-in-law Val Meyer)