Saturday, August 7: PMC Day 1 - Sturbridge to Bourne MA - 112 miles
The prior evening, this room was configured as a theater-in-the-round for the opening ceremonies. The volunteers do some amazing things overnight, both here and on Saturday night at Mass Maritime Academy.
Here's the view from the pack, with the national anthem being sung from the small lift to the right. That's Billy Starr, the founder of the PMC, holding the flag.
Sutton Waterstop, 7:30A
Carl's on the phone, waiting for our live interview on NECN to start at 7:39A. Pay no attention to the men facing the woods in the background...
Jefferson School Waterstop, Franklin
Somehow, the PMC volunteers manage to give out food and fluids to hundreds of riders at a time for several hours straight.
Cherry Street, Wrentham
Here's the entrance to the most enthusiastic street on the route. The neighbors block off auto traffic at both ends to make the best possible environment for the riders. Note the red ribbons, flags and banner.
Piping the riders up the hill
The piper moved this year, to a hill about half way through the ride.
Lunch Stop - Dighton/Rehobeth Regional High School
Relaxing over sandwiches and drinks, just in front of the DJ booth.
Kids like this definitely get you up the hills.
The "Over the Hill Cheerleaders" in their Saturday outfits
You never know where you'll find them, but you always know they'll be great.
Mass Maritime Academy Entrance
Carl rolls into the final turn to the day's finish. We were a little later than we had planned, but had done two interviews along the way (NECN and WBZ), which took some time.
The last 50 yards of the last 100-mile day of our ride.
Our home for the night. No, not the port-o-lets, the ship!
Under the food tent
Here we are with Carl's daughter Audrey, who was able to sneak into MMA (don't try this yourself, unless you're this cute)
Reportedly, the man who rides this plays a trumpet as he rolls into the finish line
The Huckleberry Team Photo
We were invited to join, in spite of our penchant for falling behind.
PMC Day 2 is here