Cape in a day, and a wimpout

On the 4th of July Jim and I left town at 4:30am, headed for Provincetown, then a ferry trip back to Boston. This is the classic route that the Pan Mass Challenge is based on, though Billy and friends started from Newton and we headed out from Stow. This is my 5th time doing the ride and I almost have it perfected, except that we got lost in Plymouth. Now we had a good excuse as the whole town was lined up for a 2-mile long parade and we missed out turn. Eventually we made it to the McDonald’s in the shadow of the Sagamore bridge. 4 hash browns, lots of Coca Cola and we were set.

Cyclists are supposed to walk their bike across the Sagamore, but I am not interested in hoofing it that far. In the parking lot of the Christmas Tree shop we ran into 4 law-abiding riders, including Mark Vautour, who I know from Landry’s. He pulled us along 6A, the access road, and much of the PMC route from Sandwich in the upper Cape to Truro in the lower Cape. (Yes, that sounds backwards. Trust me, it is a nautical thing.)  Without him hanging out in the wind in front of us, we would have been much, much slower.

What’s the rush? At 3pm is the fast ferry back to Boston, a 90 minute cruise. Miss that and you have to take to 4pm which is 3 hours. With Mark’s help we rolled in at 2:30pm, and even had time for me to get a jerk chicken sandwich and salsa smoothie. 150 miles before a late lunch. Here we are on the boat, with the P-town monument in the background.

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The skies were grey and overcast, good biking weather until the clouds open on you. So Jim and I called his wife and asked her to pick us in at the Seaport terminal. Normally we would have ridden the 30 miles back to Stow, however I dislike riding in the rain. Kathy, we owe you big time!

We both ride on the 3rd, and I hope to get in 30 more miles tomorrow. Wish me luck!