On Sunday's ride, there was much talk about a possible ride in the Kinderhook area today, in southern Rensselaer and northern Columbia Counties, south of Albany and east of the Hudson River. Somehow, that ride never came together, so friend Terry and I did it together anyway. It's an area I don't remember ever visiting, so I was looking forward to seeing something new.
Aside from the initial climb up out of the Hudson Valley, this was a relatively flat to gently rolling 11+ miles each way through rural farmland to the village of Kinderhook, a quintessential small town with much to offer. We stopped here at a bagel shop to refuel after doing that first 11 miles into a headwind, and then reversed our route and returned to Castleton and the cars. Along the way, we visited the grave site of Martin Van Buren, the 9th president of the United States, in a well-kept cemetery in Kinderhook.
It was a pleasant side-by-side ride with much conversation on lightly trafficked roads in an area I'll need to visit more often.