John's Reunion Bike Trip

$1,142 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 2 months
I am planning to bicycle 300 miles from  my current home near Portland, Maine to my hometown of Massena, NY, for my 35th high school reunion. My riding partner Cheryl and I will set out on the morning of Monday July 15, and arrive in Massena the afternoon of Friday July 19, riding an average of 60 miles per day.

The trip will be a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Massena is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Can you help?

Here are some suggested donation levels, but feel free to contribute any other amount as you are able.

Fan: $0.05/mile = $15
Spoke: $0.10/mile = $30
Link: $0.15/mile = $45
Hub: $0.20/mile = $60
Captain: $0.33/mile = $100
Leader: $0.50/mile = $150
Yellow Jersey*: $1.00/mile = $300
*You don’t actually get a yellow jersey, sorry.

Thanks for anything you can do, on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Massena!
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Day 4, Wednesday, Montpelier to Burlington: MUCH easier day than the last two. Route 2 was relatively flat; only one hill required walking. Arrived mid-afternoon, and had lunch/supper (lupper) with my Aunt Joanne and her son Randall at the locally famous “Al’s French Fries”. Then checked into my WarmShowers.org homestay, showered, and rode on into downtown Burlington for some serious hanging out. They have a great biking trail along the waterfront that goes all the way north to the Colchester Causeway, which I’ll be riding on tomorrow to Grande Isle, with a bike ferry across the short water gap. Then I’ll take the big ferry to Plattsburgh and on to the High Falls Campground in Chateaugay tomorrow night! (Any Massena people want to come hang out in my cabin?)

Unfortunately, I have to report that my riding partner Cheryl has had to return home early due to scheduling difficulties, so it is now just me. I appreciated having her along, and she sends her regrets that she is not able to ride into Massena with me and share the glory that she deserves, after all those hard miles and hills the last two days!


* Requisite stop at Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury, resulting in Cherry Garcia in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone.
* “Boys Club Road” went through a culvert under I-89. I followed it to see where it led, but all the buildings now looked like private houses. So sorry I can’t tell you the history of that.
* Aunt Joanne and Cousin Randall and me.
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Tuesday, Day 3 of 6: Today was even harder than yesterday, which we were expecting due to the increased mileage and highest projected elevation and total climbing of any day on the whole trip. We walked up a lot of hills, some of which the map app reported as containing up to a 20% grade. And an unexpected mile of dirt road, starting with a steep downhill grade which we also walked, being on road bikes. (I wiped out on a downhill stretch of gravel road during last week’s test ride. Skinned my elbow good.) Spending the night tonight at the Hilltop Inn in Berlin, just south of Montpelier.

The good news is, this WAS the hardest day by climbing measures, and the second longest in mileage. So tomorrow should be easier on both counts. Then there is the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Danbury to look forward to (not going to take the time for the full tour, but at least need a cone!), and Burlington at the end of the day!

Halfway there!!!!

Photo 1: Full breakfast at last night’s stay, D Acres in Dorchester, NH.

Photo 2: Cool sculpture from a yard full of it, some kind of art gallery, though I didn’t see any sign.

Photo 3: We had to walk a fair bit of this road due to the extreme uphill grade, but at least the view was spectacular.

(Not sure if these photos are displaying in the right order. But you can figure it out!)
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Day 2: Today was very challenging, mainly due to hills. Neither of us are used to all this climbing, especially with 10-20 pounds of gear, and without a “support and gear” (SAG) vehicle. It took a long time, though we still arrived well before sunset. But, we had some nice views, nice conversations, and a nice meal and overnight stay at a permaculture farm B&B, albeit up a 5-mile hill at the end of the day, which was hard, and which we walked much of. We’re not proud.

Tomorrow, we enter Vermont early in the day, and end at Montpelier.

Photo 1: We met this guy Dick outside a cafe in Center Sandwich, where we were having, what else, a sandwich. When he heard what we were doing, he gave us a $2 cash donation, and told us how he grew up in the Boys Club (they were segregated back then), and that he met and dated his wife at Boys Club events.

Photo 2: We had already come about 5 miles from the main road to get to this bridge on an old dirt railroad bed, so we weren’t about to turn back, and it looked sturdy, so we invoked the Arlo Guthrie rule: “But on the other side, it didn’t say nothin’. That side was made for you and me.”

Photo 3: Cheryl with our good supper in the solarium at D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead in Dorchester, NH.
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We made our goal this morning!! Thanks to an extremely generous private donation from two of my classmates, we are exactly at our goal of $1000!

We have opted not to change the goalposts by increasing the goal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still donate! The more the better, for Massena’s next generation. Let’s see how far OVER the goal we can achieve this week!

In other news, Cheryl and I left this morning, and are spending the night in Ossipee NH. We got a nice send-off from our church family, and arrived here around 5 PM. Tomorrow we’ll cross most of the rest of NH, stopping in Dorchester. Lots more hills tomorrow than today!!
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$1,142 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Boys & Girls Club of Massena (Boys & Girls Club of Massena)
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Massena, NY
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