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 sixteenth time out of 19 possible. I missed 2003, 2010 and 2015 (although Jane and I visited the 2010 ride for the last few days). Links to my web pages of previous rides: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, and 2001.

This year, there were somewhat more than 160 riders with a few taking advantage of the hotel option. This year’s route was a big departure from previous routes. We went North to South from Plattsburgh to Poughkeepsie with a small excursion into Vermont. And, the ride was only six days long. Each day except the last had a roughly 50 mile route and a roughly 70 mile route with both routes being the same until nearly the end, when you could decide 50 was plenty or keep on going to get 70. This year’s “half FANY” was actually a 2/3 (the first four days) and a 1/3 (the last 2). Candace joined at Averill Park and did the last two days. A number were also taking advantage of Comfy Campers which provided and set up tents, air mattresses, morning coffee or some combination. Candace and I did Comfy Campers again because it greatly simplifies the tent logistics for us.

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

With the low gearing I installed before the 2014 ride, I made it up every hill.

I more or less followed the cue sheets planning to do the 70 mile ride every day, but on Monday, it started raining after lunch so I switched to the 50 mile ride. Tuesday, I started out in the rain which stopped around mid morning.

After we arrived back in Poughkeepsie on Friday, we drove to Saratoga Springs to spend the weekend with Jeff and Amy (visiting from Connecticut).

The improved cue sheets continued this year as Karen used ridewithgps.com to create them. In addition, the tracks were available for download to your GPS or smart phone. I downloaded the tracks and just followed the black line on my GPS. Riders using smart phones could get audio cues.

In the past, I made a separate photo album for each day. But without Jane, there just aren’t as many photos. So, all the photos are in a single album 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.

FANY Ride and Related Events, July 20-28, 2019