Last week while I was in the Finger Lakes, I got an email from Long Island friend Phil, who would be in the area this week and was looking to get out for a ride. So we settled on Thursday, and I came up with a 30ish-mile route around Saratoga Lake and up in the hills to its east. We started at the SPAC parking lot a little after 9am to be finished before the afternoon heat, cut through the park, and were on our way. The roads to the east of the lake are rural and lightly trafficked, and made for pleasant riding. Dropping down to the lake and heading clockwise on NY-9P, there was more traffic, but nice scenery along the shore. Some unexpected road paving caught us off guard where we planned to cross to the west of US-9, so we improvised a route back to SPAC along the east side before crossing back through the park to the cars. Lunch at Smokey Joe's BBQ in Ballston Spa finished off the morning.
After a cool quiet afternoon inside, it was time for the SWC Thursday night ride, this time in Clifton Park. Since I'd already done 27+ miles, I chose the 14.7-mile option rather than the longer 23, and pushed the hills a little harder than I might have otherwise, given the short distance. The usual beer and pizza feast topped off the evening and the day.