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'Alums Along the Mohawk' gain speed
12/13/12

Alumni bikers will again arrive at the 2013 Alfred University Reunion - this year beginning from Albany, NY.  The 2013 theme:  “Alums Along the Mohawk.”

Biking to the reunion began in 1998 when Elliott Lasky ’58 and Russ Fahey ’58 biked from Colmar, PA to their 40th reunion. In 2008, for their 50th reunion, they repeated the trip and were joined by Andy Seaman ’58 and Roger Eiss ’58.

In 2010 Andy and Roger recruited Jack Heims ’60 to join them in a bike ride from Newburg to Alfred.  This was the “Tour de Alfred.”  No longer starting from Elliott Lasky’s home town of Colmar, PA, Linda Rahl Nadas ’58 (ceramic design) hosted the kickoff luncheon and offered a tour of her studio.  Other local alumni joined them, including Robert Gropper ’83, aka “Bobby Salsa,” who added his salsa to the luncheon treats.

In 2011 alumni bikers (Roger, Andy, Dave Wilcox ’58, Barney Hart ’58 and Dave Perry ’61 biked from Lake Placid to the Reunion (joined along part of the way by Russ Fahey ’58). Georgia Jones ’58 played the role of local hostess in Lake Placid.

In 2012 Roger and Dave Perry were joined by a gang of youngsters: Jim Randall ’77, Dave Conrad ’76, and Dave Holleb ’77.  They were the “Bikers From Mars,” and began the trip in Mars, PA, where their kickoff photo taken at the Flying Saucer in downtown Mars.  Joe Stein ’58 was the local host and made the bikers feel very welcome.

After bike trips through three mountain ranges (Poconos ’98 and ’08, Catskills ’10, Adirondacks ’11 and Alleghenies ’12, the trip planners have decided that flatter is better.  Now they are at work organizing the 2013 trip, the “Alums Along the Mohawk,” biking from Albany to Geneva, then through the Finger Lakes region to Penn Yan and on to Hornell and Alfred.  Our local host in Albany will be Ange Muccigrosso, ’57.

Incredibly, every biker on the previous trips has signed on to join us again this year.  With a return rate like that you know that we have a lot of fun on the trip!  And we already have some brand new riders for 2013:  Dick Errico ’58 and Mary Bouchard ’73 have signed on!

Bike with us for all or part of the trip.  Or join us for lunch or dinner as we pass through your area on route to the reunion.  We have enjoyed great times with alumni at meals along the way.

The schedule is:

  • Friday, May 31:  Arrival and Get Acquainted Dinner
  • Saturday, June 1:  See the sights in Albany, test bikes, and ride kickoff dinner
  • Sunday, June 2:  Albany to Amsterdam
  • Monday, June 3:  Amsterdam to Utica
  • Tuesday, June 4:  Utica to Weedsport
  • Wednesday, June 5:  Weedsport to Penn Yan
  • Thursday, June 6:  Penn Yan to Hornell (traditional end-of-ride dinner, joined by other AU alums, faculty and staff)
  • Friday, June 7:  Victory ride from Hornell to the King Alfred Statue at the center of campus!

For more information, contact rogereiss@comcast.net. We’d love for you to share the experience with us.