Thanks to our loyal sponsors, the Daily Grind Coffee Shops, we had the 7th Annual Daily Grind Ride was on Saturday, 8/16/14. After a photo op at the Albany café, we cruised down State St. to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. Riders
Ali and Adam, Amanda and Derrick, Amy and Ken, David, Indiana and Perry, Jim, Joe, John, Lorenz, Margaret, and Mike paused at the boat launch to meet up with two more riders and for another pic. The weather could not have been better and the path was well use by joggers, people on bicycles, and walkers.
On the way through sunny Watervaliet, Bert joined us and did Rob and Theo later on in Troy. For the first time ever, after leaving the Sovereign and Independent Nation of Green Island, we were stopped by the lift bridge (after which we all felt guilty sliding by the long line of stopped cars).
The Daily Grind staff in Troy rolled out the welcome mat and the food with a generous discount for all who partook. At both the Albany and Troy shops, we presented the staff with a framed picture of the 2013 riders posed in front of the respective café.
After lunch, some went to the Troy Farmers Market while others headed back to Albany by the bike path. Three riders went to the SOBI BikeShare hub in Washington Park. The share bicycles were so popular that only one was there (and it was “grounded”). Nonetheless, one of our number took a short test ride and expressed her satisfaction with the BikeShare bicycle.
Overall, a good time was had by all sixteen who participated with our youngest rider, Indiana, lending her special charm to the event. She was later joined by Theo who helped keep us smiling.
PHOTOS: Albany Café, Boat Launch, “Stop” – the Bridge is “Up,” Troy Café, Après Ride