FANY Ride, July 22-August 1, 2016


Once again, I participated in the FANY ride. FANY stands for Five hundred miles Across New York, but is pronounced fanny as in what hurts after FANY. This makes my thirteenth time out of 16 possible. I missed 2003, 2010 and 2015 (although Jane and I visited the 2010 ride for the last few days). Links to our web pages of previous rides: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, and 2001.

For those that may not know, Jane passed away in June of 2015. I still miss her very much. This was my first time on a multi-day ride without Jane following along with our van loaded with camping gear, coolers, chairs, etc. 

New to me this year was taking only two bags of camping gear and clothes, taking the bus from Saratoga Springs to Niagara Falls, and using the meal plan which provides dinners at each overnight camp site.

This year, there were about 100 riders with a few taking advantage of the hotel option and two  doing “Sore FANY” which is a ride to the half way point each day and then cycling the rest of the way. A number were also taking advantage of Comfy Campers which provided and set up tents, air mattresses, morning coffee or some combination. All for a fee of course.

I’ve updated my table of mileage and climb for each of the FANY rides.

This year, with the low gearing I installed before the 2014 ride, I made it up every hill.

The rest of the story is in the albums linked below. Clicking on a picture sends you to the album. Within the album, clicking on a picture brings up a larger photo. You can also see a slide show. Sometimes the slide shows come up with small photos. Double clicking on “play slideshow” seems to help bring up the large photos.