50 Mi Tour de Habitat

Saturday morning I rode in the Tour de Habitat, a local bike ride to benefit the Habitat for Humanity. I rode this ride a few years ago and was happy to see that it was happening again after a few years off. The Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates homes and brings neglected neighborhoods back to life.

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There ride began at Druthers Brewing Company in Downtown, Albany. I was doing the 50 mile ride! I was a little nervous because I haven’t been road biking in a while and the last time I rode that far was back in July. Oops.

Thankfully, I felt great all day! I brought along two 25 oz water bottles, snacks such as Gu, Honey Stinger Waffles and a cliff bar. There were three aid stations on the route that provided water, electrolytes, and pb&j sandwiches! There were about 25 riders doing the 50 miles. The route took us south of Albany all the way to Alcove, NY. I’m really familiar with area since I grew up south of Albany so it was nice to ride some familiar roads. The scenery was gorgeous!

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3 hours, 46 minutes of riding later I was riding back into Druthers! They were serving pizza and beer at the post-ride party.

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Very delicious after such a long ride!

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Riding to Thacher Park

Saturday I took my road bike out and rode up to Thacher from Schoolhouse Road in Guilderland. I haven’t done that ride in two years! The climb is always a bit intimidating but it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting! Love the feeling of seeing that sign when I get to the top.
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Made a quick stop at the Overlook and grabbed a Gatorade from the snack stand.

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I was going to take the same route back down, but after riding out past Thompson’s Lake I was pressed for time. I rode down to Altamont and took Route 20 (Western Ave) back to my car and rode a giant loop.

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There was the longest hill I’ve ever rode down, and quite possibly the scariest, from Old Stage Road to Altamont. I’ll never try that again.

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Total distance 36.5 mi
Time 2 hours, 52 min
Elevation gain 2,015 ft

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Cycling Around South Hero Island, Vermont

Last week Jordan and I went on vacation to his family’s camp in South Hero, Vermont on Lake Champlain. The camp is right on the water and we got to enjoy many days sitting by the lake and enjoying some really pretty views.

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We drove into Burlington one night to catch the sunset and go out to dinner.

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It was one of the prettiest I’ve seen!

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We also spent a lot of time road biking! On Tuesday, we rode all around South Hero Island.

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We biked a total of Total of 38.4 mi around the island!
Total moving time:  2:50:30
Elevation gain: 1,050 ft

The views were gorgeous all over the island. Lots of these guys were hanging around.

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On Thursday we went for another ride. This time we rode to the bike ferry about 10 miles from the camp! The ferry took the us and the bikes to the other side of Lake Champlain so we could ride the bike path to Burlington.

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Riding along the Island Line Trail was gorgeous!

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Total distance: 43.1mi
Moving time: 3:30:24

We had such a lovely vacation! It was relaxing and I got to spend some quality time with my favorite guy.

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