Saturday – Sturbridge to Bourne - 110 miles

 

Because of the persistent rain, we have no photos between waterstops.

 

At the Start – 5:30am

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Dry, smiling and ready to ride. The mist and then rain would start almost immediately.

 

 

Whitinsville Waterstop

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One of the various heartbreaking signs riders wear:

“Angels on Board

Riding in Memory of our Girls”

 

Sutton Waterstop

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Mike is soggy, but still in good cheer.

 

Lunch Stop  - Dighton-Rehoboth High School

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Lunch was dry, but the rain returned in earnest just down the road, and continued for the remaining 40 miles of the day.

 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy – 110 Miles and Today’s Ride Complete

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The rain had finally tapered, but at this point we were bone-cold and completely drenched from the 55 degree driving rain we had experienced for the preceding hour on the road. In 2012 we had been crushed by the heat, but this was scarcely better.

 

 

Sunday – Bourne to Provincetown - 80 miles

 

Nickerson Waterstop in Brewster

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With the Howerton clan – Audrey, Laura, Carl, Barbara and Pete in their green volunteer shirts.

 

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Here’s the sea of riders at Nickerson, to give a sense of the logistical challenges the volunteers deal with.

 

Wellfleet Waterstop

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Although the weather was mild Sunday, the ice furniture was still helpful for soothing brutalized perinea (this is about 160 miles into the weekend’s riding).

 

Provincetown Finish

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This year there was this specific arch for finish photos. Sunday was a relatively easy day, making up for an utterly grueling Saturday.

 

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