The storm blew in about the time we finished setting up the tent on the football field at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy NY. We headed to the cafeteria for our first-night dinner and watched the wind whip the rain into the windows. This did not feel like a good way to start a week-long ride through an area recently battered by rain and floods.
Back in January, shortly after we'd signed up for the Cycle the Erie Canal ride, we received an announcement that Parks and Trails New York was going to offer their inaugural "Cycle the Hudson Valley" tour. We'd have completed two tours already this summer, and who wants to be the test subject on first attempt anyway. But Tricia said, "Hudson Valley? Sign us up!" So we sent in our money. After all, the PTNY had experience with running big rides, and it was the Hudson Valley, home of so much US History and birthplace of the Hudson River School of art. This ride would also be another leg of the Empire State Trail, meaning we'll have ridden from Buffalo to New York City this summer.
When we finished our dinner the storm had passed. Not only was the rain over, but there was a wonderful double rainbow greeting us as we headed for our tent.There weren't as many people on this ride as there were on the Erie Canal ride, which was nice. But we still made an impressive tent city. Tricia and I took our own tent, but many riders used the "Cozy Campers" service who set up and tear down a tent for you each day.
Required tourist photo at Fort Washington Park under the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson River Greenway path. Yep, we are in New York City.