by John Grabowski
A few notes for those meeting up for the weekend tour at Sweetwater this Saturday. We’ll park and gather near the Service entrance in the front - not the main entrance, but the entrance midway down the building under the Sweetwater sign (let’s park away from the building please). The building will already be open (it will open at 8am). I’m sure that Sweetwater’s maintenance staff would appreciate it if we take off our road shoes rather than scuffing up the floors.
Restrooms, water, and wi-fi are all available, as are refreshments available for purchase, including bottled beverages (milk, juice, sports drinks, energy drinks, iced tea), fountain drinks, bananas, a small variety of candy / trail mix / granola bars, yogurt, etc.
There is also a coffee shop / cafe (the Crescendo Cafe), which will be open from 8am-5pm. They have espresso and coffee drinks (they actually use a very cool high-end espresso “Modbar” system that was invented right here in Fort Wayne), as well as protein “Fit Frapps” (130 calories and 21 grams of protein) greek yogurt parfaits, muffins, bagels, and pastries.
While there is a cafeteria on site (the Downbeat Diner), it won’t be serving breakfast. It will, however, be open with a short-order menu from 11am-4pm in case you’re hungry after your ride.
Checkout in the diner is self-service, and much easier if you’re paying via a credit card, so you may want to bring a card instead of cash.