Thanks so much for the generous support of the PMC! It really makes a difference to know there is a great community of family and friends lifting you along the way from January to August especially when the training/ planning/going gets tough. For the PMC, the toughest part is often more emotional part than physical. As Kevin says, “Pain is temporary. Meeting kids with bald heads from chemo and big happy smiles under their head scarves saying Thank You, Thank You, stays with you for a long time, and it’s hard to ride with tears in your eyes”.
We are ready.
Volunteers have been preparing for the riders and we can’t wait to see them out there. Click here to see how many pounds of peanut butter will be consumed!
Here is an account of the last week before the PMC:
While Snappy Dog was finishing up the Ragbrai ride across Iowa and making friends with the locals, Gregg, Julie and Barb traveled north to the Lobster Ride in Maine. We could tell that they enjoyed it because they have been sporting their lobster gear ever since.
We did some Craig-tracking and learned he was not MIA, but out riding around NASA.
On Friday, a USA vs France wine taste-off fundraiser was hosted by Erika, our wine expert at the Boston Wine School and co-hosted by Joanne, Jean and I. Joanne, who we all think should have a catering business on the side, prepared the goodies that were gobbled. That evening we even got to taste test the PMC wine (not bad!) and the PMC beer that can be found in local stores (some proceeds go directly to the PMC). Be on the lookout for that!
Emmaus Cycle for Shelter, was held last Sunday, a 62 mile course which left from Northern Essex Community College in Haverill. The ride was one of the best-supported, well-organized rides around and raises money to provide the basics for homeless children and adults to begin rebuild their lives. Within the last year, this organization has placed 200 families and 80 individuals into permanent housing. Ravi, Lotika, Gregg, Julie, Barb, Eilidh, John and I rode along the coast line collecting sand on our bikes and a few more hill climbs before the big PMC weekend.
Fried Clams, My Perfect Beach day and Headwinds – as told by Joanne
Jean, Erika and I headed out from my hometown of Ipswich on a rainy Sunday morning that, thankfully, transformed into my perfect beach day – overcast, breezy and not a lot of chance for a sunburn on my pale, pale skin. Our destination, Plum Island!
We made good time through Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury and into Newburyport, when we were slowed down by a powerful headwind (which is really a misnomer, as it’s really a “total body” wind). PMC alum Erika told us the headwind getting to and onto Plum Island is reminiscent of the last push to P-town and I thought, “Dear God, what have I gotten myself into?” Though, the flipside of the headwind is the tailwind – and, boy, oh boy, did we like that! Unfortunately it only lasted ~ 3 miles.
We made a quick stop at the observation tower and made our way back in the previously noted, glorious, tailwind. Erika clocked us at 18-20 mph on that stretch, which is FAST for us!
We made our way back via a rather congested, but short ride, through Newburyport Center (whilst encountering some unexpected odors and hills) to our REAL final destination – The Clam Box! Jean & I shared the native fried clam plate and Erika got a cheeseburger (what?! A burger at the Clam Box?!) The picture does NOT show the 35 minute line to order – but SO, SO worth it! 5 more days until the PMC – yikes!!!
Thanks for supporting us!
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