|At Hanscom getting ready for the ride in my navigator's box|
Route: Hanscom -> Harvard -> Ashburnham -> Petersham -> Sterling -> Hanscom
GlobalCyclist is sleeping off the ride. In his place, James the Monkey ~ who acted as navigator ~ is writing today's blog.
Prologue: Minuteman Ride 14 miles - Cambridge to Hanscom Field
Jesse woke me up waaaay too early, so he could could drink coffee before we left. I didn't need to drink coffee. Jesse also had eggs and avocado breakfast; I ate a banana.
|At the Paul Revere Capture Site|
After the ride started, we went through the neighborhoods around Hanscom. And then in Concord, Jesse took a bunch of people the wrong way ~ it's like some monkey was the navigator. But then he got everyone going the right way.
|Turtle Crossing, my roommates Stuart and Ernesto tell me to watch out for turtles crossing|
Then, we rode to the first controle at Dunkin Donuts. Jesse had some coffee and a cruller; I ate a banana.
|Me and Smokey|
|Me, sitting in front of the Storybook House|
|Lake in Ashby|
|Me on a cannon.|
|Good sign for a navigator|
We saw some alpacas on the way that I wanted to hang out with, but Jesse said he got pictures of them last year. And then we had to ride up a lot of steep hills and Jesse used lots of words he told me I wasn't supposed to repeat.
The Route I navigated:
We rode into Petersham town square. I hung out on the gazebo while Jesse talked with other riders from both the 300k route and the 200k route who were now converging.
Jesse had some potato chips; I ate a banana.
|At Petersham Common|
We were riding really fast. Jesse said we could do the ride in less than 11 hours. All we needed to do was make it over the three hard hills on Williamsville Road. Then, we would ride close to Sterling where Jesse said we would stop. But then the bike broke. Jesse flipped the bike over (I climbed a tree to watch). Jesse spent time trying to pull the chain out of the frame area, or something, and used lots of the words I'm not supposed to repeat.
He then got his reflective stuff on and ate another sandwich; I ate a banana.
|In a TREE!!!|
|Pond in Harvard|