|Picture With Me Resulted in Photo of the Car .. :-(|
On Thursday (6/16) we made the short drive to Sunday River in Bethel and arrived by 3 PM. The hotel was already alive with Trekkers and volunteers. This year saw over 2,400 riders and 700 volunteers. It was great to see the ALA staff that had helped me so much last year. I surpassed the $4,000 fund raising amount and was welcomed into the Winner's Circle and all the hoopla that goes with it.
|Winner's Circle Jersey ...|
|Big Dave Joined the Circle Again This Year|
|Leo's Legacy (Minus Me) Do Some Carb Loading|
|A Closet Bungalow|
|Ed Crashes Early ... Only Crash This Trip!|
|Great Weather at the Start|
|Leo's Legacy Rides Again|
|Seems Paul Bunyan Spent Time in a Lot of Places|
|Carol, Ed, and Cheryl Make the First 25 Miles in Record Time|
|Dave's One Handed Climbing Technique|
|You Can't Get Enough Cow Bell!|
|Ed, Cheryl, and Carol at Farmington Finish|
|Rod ... Great Rides Together the Last Few Weeks|
|Carol and Bob End an Awesome Day|
|The Traditional Celebratory Fist Pump|
|Ed Seems a Bit Tired?|
|Where's My Gin and Tonic?|
The whole ordeal got us going pretty late and enabled us to see more people at the rest stops than I think I have ever witnessed. Dave and I waited at the next rest stop to make sure Cheryl and her bike where back in business and then headed out for some quick pacing into Waterville. Construction at Colby had us enter campus using a new route, or should I say wall. A short but steep (18%) climb ended the day.
|Ed Pumps It Up ... But Alas, The Replacement Had a Whole|
|SAG Van to the Rescue?|
|Time for Another Team Shot at The Rest Stop|
Day 3 saw more great weather and the usual ups and downs to the coast. The day is shorter by 10 miles than the others, but includes the most climbing. The traditional team photo opp got us started.
|Two Down ... One to Go|
|Great Three Days With Big Dave|
|Rod Rocks ... Thanks for Two Wonderful Weeks|
|Another Inspiration ... Ellen ... You Go Girl|
|Another One Bites the Dust|
Ice Cream on the way home and a great BBQ courtesy of Papa Mark provided an even better ending to a great day. I headed to Massachusetts on Monday (6/20) after a leisurely stop in Freeport to spend some time with my brother. It was good to spend some one on one time with him. He is fighting stomach cancer and has recently started a new round of chemo. Hang in there little bro. I was out early for the car ride home to Maryland on Tuesday and back to work in the evening. A great couple of weeks. Thanks again to all my donors, supporters, and friends. Thanks to my family for letting me take the time to do what I love. I hope to squeeze in a few local rides before the end of the month, so watch the blog for more fun.
Good Night Moon ... Good Night Trekkers ... Good Night Maine ... Good Night Leo (thanks for the inspiration)... Good Night Dad (recover quick) ... Good Night Mom (be strong) ... Good Night Joel (hang in there) ... Good Night Amy (rest your head) ... Good Night Leah (you can do it) ... Good Night Mike (Seattle awaits) ... Good Night Wife (ILY TC) ... Thanks ALL.