I drove to Albany early this morning and took a shuttle the rest of the way to Buffalo. Bikes were transported by truck, while five buses transported all the people coming from eastern NY, PA and New England. We arrived in Buffalo around 3pm to camp at the Nichols School. Everything was extremely well organized. About half the people set up their own tents, while the others use the tent service. Check-in was simple, and I went to a volunteer orientation to learn about my job. There was a nice wine, cheese & fruit reception, followed by dinner. The night wrapped up with a large meeting in the auditorium where 740 people were introduced to the staff and heard highlights of tomorrow’s ride. They recognized the oldest rider. He is 92 years old!
We had a little rain just when everyone was getting into their tents for the night. The forecast had been for thunderstorms all afternoon, but that never happened. It was an excellent day.
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