19 Slices of Apple Pi


John, Eilidh, Craig, Barb, Michael, Queen of the Mountain, MC, Joanne, JR, Heather, Snappy Dog, Matt, Jean, Kevin, Lotika, Julie, Dana, Ravi, Gregg

IMG_3971The biggest group ride yet was held on Saturday with 19 folks in attendance.  As Gregg explained, there was to be a short ride (35mi) and a long ride (55mi) following the pi symbols on the road.  Easy enough.  Some of added lib, others improvised, but at the end of the day there were 19 routes and 19 tired and hungry souls with racing stripes made of pollen.

As recounted by Kevin:

19 cyclists set out from Carlisle, a day that was sunny and hot
Most of the cyclists had been training a while, a few not so much or just not.
The path was well marked and traveled by most, what in the world could go wrong?
A distraction, a moment, a mind stuck on a song
Wafting along the enjoying the breeze,
And many a missed turn along the PI path and travelers scattered with ease.
18 cyclists returned on two wheels, one came back via four.
It was day to be noted in lore.
New friends were met, new roads were explored, nothing went quite as was planned.
There were racers and sloggers, and skiers, and rowers getting miles, getting sweaty, getting tanned
On the day when the gods of Garmin and EyePhone oft were called on for aid
But the gods were gone cycling or off to the beach no matter how much we all prayed

Roads called pinnacle, summit, depot and hill all had appropriate names
Strawberry, Woodchuck, and Oak brought some pain but all gave up their gains
As uphills became downhills
and luckily no spills
As the circles were closed and the wheels all returned to the Carlisle home end of day
The burgers were good, and the beer was well earned, and the miles the price we all paid
To have friends on the path, a PMC life and a laugh, a pause about hospice to cry
for a sister, a mother, a friend or a brother. All we can do is just try.

Thanks for tagging along and supporting us!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304



Announcing Our PMC 2015 Kick Off at Slumbrew!



No one will dispute that biking and beer go hand in hand (though, arguably not at the same time).  Joanne and Jean, Erika and I are holding our first 2015 fundraiser in the tent at Slumbrew Taproom in Assemby Row on Sunday, May 31 at 3pm!  Joanne and Jean, our two new recruits, will join the ranks of 192 miles in 2 days.  Everyone is welcome, even people we don’t know yet, so bring your friends!  Please join us for some good beer, great food, and super raffle prizes from:

IMG_3892Training update:  As you know it was a very long winter in Boston. A record snowfall delivered us with a record for spring pollen count – as everything was determined to bloom at the same time.  A short very early ride (5am, yes 5am!) with Kevin on Wednesday accumulated enough mud, pollen and tree debris from the bike path that the collection created a drag that was like riding with the brakes on.  Should have stopped at the car wash on my way home. Thank you albuterol for getting me back in one piece!

The annual half marathon with the gang is ON!  I will be shuffling along the maple farms, dairy cows and the Ottauquechee River on June 7 in hopes of making it across the finish line of the Covered Bridges Half Marathon one more time. Others joining in the fun and doing more than a just a shuffle are Joe, Joanne, Nat, Aime, The Twins, Rich & Susan and Kimberly.

And with this Team Sylvie update, we launch the blog for this season:  Kris and Heather got hitched!  Woohoo!  Congrats!

If you have read this far and been with us through last year’s PMC blog, you will know that we are hoping for good weather for this year.  For a great video of how the elements tested us last year, check this out:


Thanks for your support and generosity!  Here are our fundraising links:

Dana: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Erika:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/EF0060

Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323

Jean: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JA0203

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Wow! #PMC2014

This is what we trained for (except the rain of course). Please enjoy our thoughts and photos of PMC2014.  Don’t forget to scroll down!

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“The cure for cancer will be delivered by bicycle.” – Opening ceremonies…  Kevin‘s addendum: “They neglected to mention it will be delivered in the rain. No problem!”
“It was an amazing experience – the support of people by the side of the road cheering in the pouring rain, as well as the spirit if our team mates, gave us the energy to finish” – Eilidh & John
“The cold and rainy downpours we confronted on Saturday’s leg of the journey were no doubt difficult for many of us to deal with. But it pales in comparison to the day-in-day-out havoc cancer wreaks. So we rode to help fund the research, the care, and the treatments for so many who need it. And we will ride as long as we need to.” – Snappy Dog/

“Thanks to the lady bagpipers, the little girl on the dune with a fist full of twizzlers, the cops in the intersections, and to all of you who made noise and put up signs and slathered sandwiches and pumped up tires. To the massage therapists (Sophie!) who never sat down, to the security folks (Justin!) who kept us safe, and to the cars full of folks who hung out the windows to cheer us on. All together, one more time. PMC2014.” – Dana


Thank you for your generosity! Fundraising links:

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304




Queen of the Mountain:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Gregg:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Snappy Dog:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TM0229

Ravi:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Eilidh:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

John:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

Barb:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Erika: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/EF0060

Kris:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/KL0095

Until next year!

The Annual Migration is About to Begin!

monarchThe Annual Papillon Migration is about to begin!  Inspired by Sylvie our papillon, we are ready for all 192 miles.  Friday we will meet with the folks we have trained with, gather around a big table for dinner and watch the opening ceremonies. At 5:30 am on Saturday, we will roll out of Sturbridge and take flight.  When we land in Bourne we will be tired but happy.  We will have seen hundreds of people along the road cheering us on.  Holding signs.  Ringing bells.  We will have seen the signs with photos of pedal partners – kids with cancer.  We will be inspired to get up the next day and do it all over again with Provincetown in our sight.

This is where we sign off, say thanks to our supporters, and get a good night’s rest.

Ready to roll:  Kevin, Gregg, Craig, Queen of the Mountain, Kris, Heather, Eilidh, John,  Barb, Erika, Ravi, & Ditmars


and of course, our very own Snappy Dog!


80 Hilly Lobsters

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61 miles in and a stop at McLoon’s Lobster Shack

Lobster ride 002Last Sunday marked the Lobster Ride out of Rockport, ME.  Snappy Dog, Jean, Joe and Carolynn made the trip this year to ride through the beautiful countryside to gobble Lobster ride 015some lobster. The 80 mile ride with a challenging total ascent of 3988 ft, comprised a northern loop of 50 hilly miles along the coast, through the forest and around some lakes – and a more moderate 30 mile southern loop.  For a ride of this sort, it is highly recommended to take your 6’5″ friend and hang on that wheel for as long as possible. Thanks Snappy Dog!

elevationphoto 1This was such an anticipated ride that some of us are now sporting new lobster jerseys at the office and others are exhibiting their lobster affinity in other ways!  Last year’s idea of marketing lobster tattoos as a PMC fundraiser saw its beta test market this year.  Next year we promise a lobster tattoo station along with a PMC donation bucket.  Cleverly placing the tattoo on the right calf gives the folks you pass a reason to ask “Is that real?”.

A hilly ride out of Hollis on Saturday was hosted by Ken and attended by Gregg, Kevin, Snappy Dog (training for the Lobster, we presume), and Christina.  News has it that no photos were taken as there were 20% grades involved – not to mention hot dogs with fresh onions at 9am – but we did hear about a llama farm.  Perhaps the steep climbs and onions induced visions of Machu Pichu?

Kevin also joined Dave and other Newburyport friends on Sunday for an 80 miler and the second half of their Double Nubble ride out to Nubble Lighthouse.

One weekend to go.  We are in the home stretch.  The work is done, it is just to keep the pedals moving now.

It’s the time to reflect on why we commit our summer weekends to be on the road and in training.  On PMC weekend, each of the 5,000 riders has a story to tell.  They ride for someone who has been lost, who is in treatment, or who is a survivor.  Team Sylvie rides to contribute to cancer research in memory of our friend who we lost 4 years ago.

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund depend on these funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research.  Thank you for your generosity.

Fundraising link:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

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Apple Pi & Pain au Chocolat

The gang

Rollin’ the Apple Pi with Ken, Snappy Dog, Craig, Queen of the Mountain, Julie, Kevin, Dana, Gregg, Eilidh, John and Matt

Enjoy this post from Guest Blogger Kevin:

We have established a rhythm and a routine,
Far from organized, and mighty short of discipline,
We show up (which is 90% as Woody A says) early (early-ish?) and get ready in the cool.
If someone doesn’t forget their helmet…
Or their shoes…
Three weeks to go and we’ve done this a lot
Really, a lot
And every ride is an adventure and a discovery!

More Monarchs! Celebrating Sylvie in spirit!!

Because we’ve been riding and riding and riding since spring, since last year, and the year before, and the six years before that.
As a Team, for a Challenge that’s almost a Movement (but not as Arlo G would say)
We’re not fast (some of us), or strong (some of us),
But we’re all in this together, and we’ll all be there at the finish!
This week at Eilidh’s and John’s nest, deep in the woods of Carlisle, where the public road is mostly treed, and where the private road ends and the curvy driveway begins, we meet, greet, and mount bikes and head for the smooth pavement ahead.  We love smooth pavement!
Country roads through fields and parks turn into city roads as we leave the flats to find the hills while the miles click silently on the computers. The hill climbs earn the long swoop down. The slowest of us going up, are the fastest of us going down, and w???????????????????????????????e all laugh together at the bottom.  We follow the Pi signs marking the route through apple orchards and we stop at country stores where store owners love the cyclists’ flash and chrome.  We partake in carbs, and protein, and gloriously cold Gatorade. And because it’s July, some of us pretend we are French and buy chocolate croissants (pain au chocolat – no pain in that!) and talk about the TourIMG_0778.  We also pondered deep philosophical questions like “How long do you wait for the train before you realize the gate is broken”? The Apple Pi ride clocked 50 mi on a day that became hot as a pie baking, and just as sweet; we savored the moments alive and together.
Ba???????????????????????????????ck at E&J’s, the beer  was poured, the bubbles burbled, and the cool-pool-toe-dangle-splash….was great. Two weeks to go. Fundraising continues. The miles click by.
192 miles over two days.  We’re ready.
100% of your donations to the PMC go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.  Thank you for supporting us and the Pan Mass Challenge:

Kevin:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135


The B2B (Bakery to Bakery)


The first “B”

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 new2Matt.  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 thenew4..1jpg 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!


Kevin:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135


The second “B”