I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2nd Timothy 4:7-8
I’m pleased to report that Katie successfully completed day 1 of the Cape Cod Getaway in six hours. She arrived at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy shortly after 1:30 PM. Unfortunately we didn’t take any pictures of her when she arrived (and I forgot to get the pictures off of my cell phone before she left this morning). However, a photography company is providing free pictures to all the riders so by the end of next week we should be able to link to pictures of Katie finisher her rides. I arrived around 12:30 (I was pretty sure she wouldn’t be there yet) so I could stand alongside victory lane and cheer for Katie as she finished the 75 miles. She was surprised when I shouted out “Go Katie!”.
The rest of the day was spent setting up our tent and recovering from the day. Ok, I didn’t need much recovery since I just sat in Panera Bread all morning. Because Katie raised $2500 she was a VIP rider, which meant that she got to a special VIP party on board a boat that was docked at the academy. She later reported that the only point of the VIP party was to provide lots of alcohol. Speaking of which, everyone there was really excited that the Wachusett Brewery truck was there. People were drinking tons of beer. It’s not that Katie and I are opposed to drinking, but it seems odd for people to drink (and some people drank a lot) when they’ve only ridden half of the total distance they need to. Imagine trying to ride 75 miles with a hangover? The food was pretty good and they had music playing. All Katie wanted to do was take a shower and ice her knees, and go to bed early.
She got plenty of sleep. Well, as much sleep as you can get when you go to bed at 8:00 PM and get up at 4:00 AM. I was not as lucky. Well I didn’t bring earplugs like Katie did and I have a clogged nose, which makes for difficulty sleeping. We dragged ourselves out of bed and while Katie got ready I packed up our stuff and hauled it to the car. Katie left about 5:00 AM so I expect her in around 11:00 AM. Maybe a little bit later since its the second day. Here’s the route she’s taking today:
I don’t know when Katie will blog about her experiences. Maybe tonight, if she’s feeling up to it. Probably by the end of the week.
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