Kevin and I joined 9 new PMC friends on the Bakery to Bakery ride on Sunday. After introductions, we left at 6am from Newburyport, along with Dave, Linda, Claudia, Jim, Ron, Diane, Mike, Sue, and Matt. We rode along the ocean to Salisbury Beach, and Hampton Beach (where interestingly, half a dozen guys were seeking yesterday’s treasures with metal detectors). We pedaled through Odiorne State Park and arrived in Portsmouth, NH at our first target. Cere’s Bakery is worth many the mile (30-some at least!). Luckily we got there early enough in the morning that nothing had sold out. Linda said they are known for the scones, and our crew selected a good sampling of other goodies too: blackberry pecan muffins, chocolate croissants, etc. It must be pointed out that even the coffee was delicious. And it was like they had set the chairs out, expecting us. After enjoying the treats – and feeding the sparrows the crumbs – we hopped back on our bikes and rode into the quaint town of New Castle, and onwards into Rye, Stratham and Greenland. Next up was our second target in Exeter: Me and Ollies for some more refueling and a bicycle- and World Cup chat with a Dutch lady. Onwards into Seabrook and back into Newburyport. 68 miles in the books.
We were eleven PMC folks on the road. Each of us riding for a story. We heard about a young man who will ride his first PMC this year as a survivor, a man who was lost to cancer 24 years ago and his brother who will ride his 23rd PMC this year to continue to honor him. And Dave will be riding his 30th PMC this year! There are so many reasons to ride. Please be a part of helping us get to $40 million for this year’s Pan Mass Challenge. 100% of funds we raise for the PMC go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. We thank you for your generosity!