Pan Massachusetts Challenge 2008



 days (August 2nd and 3rd)
 for cancer research and treatment at the
 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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During the opening night dinner in Sturbridge, this woman was one of 278 survivors riding this year. My brother, Bob, and me at the 6:00 AM start on Saturday. 3,100 of us ready to hit the road. Her ribbons provided another reminder of why so many of us ride each year. One playful part of the PMC emerges in the helmet critters that some wear.
Humor helps mask the body's aches. This group comes out each year at this water stop to cheer us on. Coming in to the Maritime Academy in Bourne, 111 miles later, this was one of the signs. She and her husband (next picture), were another example of how many reasons we have for riding. So many reasons to ride.
I saw this girl coming into the first water stop on Sunday about 7:00 AM. Goes right to the heart.



For those who ride to Provincetown each year, these two women are the most recognized symbol of the PMC. Stationed at midway on the last l-o-n-g hill, they are a wonderful sight. Bob and I stop each year for another picture. Few pass up the chance to take a break on the infamous "ice couch" at the last water stop before Provincetown.


Bob and I and his two of his colleagues from work lined up for a quick chill.



Averaging 16 mph over the 188 miles, we celebrated our arrival in P'town.


  The picture of this is in my head and heart: A woman in her 30's stood at the side of the road with her sign that read, "My heart is still beating because of you. Thank you." Making eye contact with me as I approached, she tapped her closed hand on her heart several times with a look of appreciation and gratitude that will stay with me for years.
    To read more about this story,
click here: Ripples of a Kindness Remembered


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