Couldn't have been better!
Ahhhhh! What a perfect weekend to cap off a long (and somewhat difficult) fundraising season! The 192-mile ride gave us plenty of time to think about a lot of things. After seeing far too many photographs posted along the route of young kids going through treatment at Dana-Farber, it’s obvious why this effort is well worth it. We are fortunate to have the support of so many friends, family members, co-workers, and strangers who fund our ride year after year. At this point, we are gathering up the rest of our fundraising money, waiting patiently for some corporate match donations to go through, and are firmly on track to deliver $26,000 to the Jimmy Fund this year! Thank you!
As for the weekend itself, we set up our t-shirt selling station on Friday night in Sturbridge. Big thanks to Momma Bev Morin for making an AMAZING quilt for us to raffle off! We’ve now developed some great “customers” who make sure to visit our table and collect our shirts year after year. It was awesome to see so many people walking around on Friday with our t-shirts from past PMCs. New for this year was Ryan’s courageous attempt at a Bikes Fight Cancer “Kissing Booth”. To the team’s surprise, he actually charmed his way into a few donations!
Thanks to Sara, April, and Poppa Pat O’Connor, Saturday began with a 3:15am wake up call and drive out to Sturbridge. We had quite a few people out early in the morning to see us off. Unlike last year, the weather was actually cool throughout the day and was ideal for riding. The day seemed to go by fast even though we weren’t any rushing through any of the water stops or lunch time. It’s amazing how much food is available to us throughout the day and our hats are always off the the volunteers that keep all of the cyclists hydrated and very well fed. Saturday night was thankfully uneventful as we rested up for Day 2… though in a prank-gone-wrong, we did all learn that James DOES NOT like salt poured on his face while he’s sleeping! HA!
Sunday started off early with another 5:30am start, however it sure felt like the majority of the PMC riders took off well before dawn as the roads were pretty crowed all the way over the Bourne Bridge. The rolling hills alongside Route 6 in Sandwich is likely our favorite 7-mile stretch of the entire route. It’s amazing how much speed you can generate going up and down hills so quickly. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of riding 30+mph uphill! It was great to see our team riding together for so much of the 192-miles. We tend to separate easily, but this year we stayed on tempo together. To our surprise, we ran into Chris Letendre and family at the Wellfleet water stop! They’ve gone through so much over the last year and half and it’s fantastic to see them out celebrating the PMC! Congratulations go out to Johnny for taking the Provincetown line in our annual team race, though rumor has it that the Forza-G team carried him the whole way… The rest of us will be aiming to take the crown from Johnny next year!!
As always, thanks to everyone for supporting our ride. We literally could not do this without you.