Our ride starts in Everett, MA, about 40 miles from my home in
Sammamish. I had considered riding to the start location with Karl
and Anne Marie, two other local riders, but my wife Diana talked me
out of it. Instead, we watched the exciting 13th stage of the Tour
de France and had a leisurely morning and lunch before driving up.
arriving at the Best Western motel and checking into my room
(which seemed to take about ten times longer than it should
have, we all got together for a rider's meeting to discuss
logistics for the tour. Lon and Susan laid out the ground
rules and went over the first day's ride.
Diana got a chance to meet some of the other slightly crazy folks
I'll be riding across the country with before we sat down to a
buffet dinner of salad, lasagna and chicken. They also had something
that resembled iced tea to drink, but we all agreed that the ice
water on the table was actually closer to good iced tea than what
was being served. The lasagna was pretty good and the deserts were
quite tasty, so I think I got enough calories help me get through
the 124 miles on the first day's ride.