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Ride to Reunion-'Alums Along the Mohawk'
3/01/13

This will be a banner year for the 2013 Alumni Bike Ride, the theme of which is “Alums Along the Mohawk.”  The size of the biking group has varied in past years from two to six; this year 15 bikers have already signed up! This includes nearly everyone who has ever biked to the Reunion since the first trip in 1998! A return rate like that is a definite sign of a good experience!  (Plus we have several partials and “maybes.”)

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 Newburgh to Alfred. This was the “Tour de Alfred.”  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). 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,” beginning the trip in Mars, PA.

After bike trips through four 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, biking from Albany to Geneva (inspiring in the “Alums Along the Mohawk” theme), then through the Finger Lakes region to Penn Yan and on to Hornell and Alfred.

Each year, as they approach Alfred, bikers living near the village join them for the final approach. They especially welcome Ed Law 1’58 who joins them each year on his 1930s vintage antique bike for the final couple of miles.  Ed has earned the distinction of being named “Sponsor” for the bike trip to recognize his continued enthusiastic support.

Bike with them for all or part of the trip. Or join them for lunch or dinner as they pass through your area en route to the Reunion. They have enjoyed great times with alumni at meals along the way.

2013 Cast of Characters:

  1. Mary Bouchard ’73 
  2. Donna Bruschi ’84
  3. Dave Conrad ’76  
  4. Margaret Duff
  5. Roger Eiss ’58 
  6. Russ Fahey ’58 
  7. Barney Hart ’58 
  8. Dave Holleb ’77 
  9. Elliott Lasky ’58 
  10. Dave Perry ’61 
  11. Larry Ploetz ’68
  12. Carole Pring
  13. Jim Randall ’77 
  14. Richard Rygiel ’76 
  15. Andy Seaman ’58 
  16. Dave Wilcox ’58  

The schedule is:

  • Friday, May 31: Arrival and Get-Acquainted Dinner
  • Saturday, June 1: See the sights in Albany, test bikes, and ride to 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. They would love for you to share the experience.