Saturday – Sturbridge to Bourne - 110 miles

 

At the Start – 5:30am

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Looking through the pack of ~2,500 riders, ready to go at dawn.

 

Oxford(?)

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This house has been reliable source of early-morning cheering since we started riding the PMC in 2000.

 

 

 

Along the Route

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Another heartbreaking/inspiring sign worn by a rider: “In loving memory of my beautiful daughter Brielle.” We’ve seen his team Brielle’s Brigade in the PMC for several years.

 

Franklin Waterstop

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This is the second water stop of the day. They consistently have a good sense of humor.

 

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Rolling out of the waterstop I was hoping this might be my motorcade, but no such luck.

 

Cherry Street, Wrentham

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One year we’re going to get a good photo of this lady, but apparently not yet.

 

Along the Route

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Someone made a point of making flags out of a number of prior-year PMC jerseys and putting them up along the route in this neighborhood. Great stuff.

 

Along the Route

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This family has been reliably inspiring over the past several years.

The glare off the road gives a sense of the heat. While it was only in the mid to upper 80s, this got to be a very long day.

 

Berkley

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This bridge has been under construction for several years now, with a one-way temporary bridge to get across. This year they detoured cars away from the bridge to spare drivers heinous delays as the PMC streamed across over several hours.

 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Bourne

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And here’s the 110-mile finish line at Mass Maritime. This year as a one-day rider, no ship photos.

 

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Not too much worse for the wear.

Carl wasn’t able to ride this year, but collected me and delivered me home a bit later this afternoon.

 

 

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