Next week, Holly is hosting the first Schenectady Wintersports Club (SWC) bike ride of the 2011 season, starting at her house in Burnt Hills. There are always three possible routes available, and every year before the ride, we like to look them over in terms of road conditions, possible construction/closures, and that sort of thing. So today, with a sunny morning and showery afternoon expected, we biked the easiest and shortest of the three routes, an 11.5 mile loop. A pesky west and northwest wind greeted us on those two legs, and then helped us as we headed for home. The sky was clouding over, the temperature dropping, and yet another afternoon may be pretty useless, but at least we got the morning ride in.