Saturday, July 16, 2005

Magnolia/Rocky Neck/Gloucester Loop

With Mike working over the weekend, and the temperatures expected to climb into the 90's, I decided to skip the "13th Annual Cohen Tri-State Classic Ride" on Saturday and stay local. I was surprised to find that I wasn't the only one skipping the 50-100 mile Tri-State Ride. As 6:30 am neared, 15-16 other Cyclopaths began to gather at the usual meeting spot. With oppressive heat and humidity descending, we opted to stay along the coast, and headed to Manchester -- where most of the pack decided to stop for breakfast. I KEPT RIDING. It was still early in the ride, so six of us headed further North to get in more miles.

Lead by Dave Weigand, who is soon moving to Florida, Ethan, Larry, Don, Paul and I rode towards Magnolia, Gloucester, and the Rocky Neck loop for a 55 mile day. Ethan is riding in the PMC as well -- starting in Sturbridge this year -- so we did a lot of hills. It was a great ride. (Thanks, Dave and Ethan!)

Good news to report: Bill Sr. (Grandpa Bill) had surgery last week and did remarkably well. He had two tumors removed and the prognosis is good. He will be receiving therapy over the next few weeks to help him with his recovery. I also learned that my sweet friend, Manny, has had promising news regarding his lymphoma. He will be meeting with another specialist at Dana-Farber this week. (Be well, Manny!)