No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
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Katie made it to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzard’s Bay at 1:45 PM Saturday afternoon! She did in fact meet up with her friends Saturday morning and rode with them for about half the route. She was in good spirits when she got in, and unlike last year her knees weren’t hurting. She attributes this to having more gears. Last year she only had to gears in the front and they were set up for speed rather than climbing hills. It impressed several of the guys she rode with when she told them what gearing she used to climb hills. This year with a triple in front the hills weren’t nearly as killer.
Once she got in we set up the tent in the shadow of one of the dorm buildings, having learned our lesson last year. As Katie rested in the shade I trekked to and from the car bringing our stuff over to the tent. And I do mean trekked. Google Maps says that it’s a third of a mile from the parking lot to where we camped. When you’ve got to make 2-3 trips to get all the stuff it really adds up. On the plus side a couple of women commented that I was the best husband ever, while their husbands wanted me to stop making them look so bad.
The rest of the afternoon was spent getting cleaned up, resting, feasting on delicious food (although not the best food when you have to ride 75 miles the next day) and hanging out. When played Yahtzee with Gwen and Dave, the people Katie met up with this morning. Since we were planning on getting up early tomorrow (~3:30 AM) we decided to go to bed at 8:00 PM.
All I will say about that night is that it was short and restless.
This morning we woke up and starting packing up. With the two of us it went very quickly and only required two trips to the car. Katie left at 5:00 AM and I left shortly after. I’m predicting Katie will probably get in to Provincetown around 10:00 AM.
One thing worth mentioning: The weather has held so far. It never rained on Saturday, never stormed or rained overnight and so far it hasn’t rained yet today (at least where I’ve been). It is really overcast right now but that just means that Katie doesn’t have to ride in the sun. It may even clear up like it did last year. So anyway, the forecast was completely wrong. I was watching the weather radar on my phone and despite ominous clouds in the vicinity they never actually passed over us.
And now the time you’ve all been waiting for, pictures from Saturday afternoon:
I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of Katie this morning because it was really dark.
If Katie’s feeling up to it she may blog about her experiences tonight, otherwise I’m sure she’ll do it by the end of the week.