PAA 2012 Day 2 Kickoff

Today was quite an epic day on a whole lot of levels…read on to learn more.

Today started out under cloudy skies which gave way to cold rain for about the first 15 miles of our scheduled 95 mile jaunt over to Hartford, CT. By mile 1, we were all pretty much soaked and picking wheel grit out of our teeth.

The scenery was absolutely gorgeous again, and the hills…OH the hills. We logged probably 5000 feet over the course of the day while winding through farmland and forests.

Around mile 50, all the riders pulled over for a food and drink break – this was where the fun began. One by one, we started to hear reports through the radio of riders coming off the back and getting sick on the side of the road. First, Adam Weber, then Jeff Castellaz, then Bill Begien, then yours truly…

Myself and my roommate beat down by bad food.

All told, 8 out of our 12 riders bit the dust and had to be ferried one way or another to the hotel. But after a little sleep and some much needed gentle calories we all began to emerge 1-by-1 from our holes, much to the relief of everyone.

Next up, Stamford, CT then NYC. Really looking forward to getting back on the bike with these great guys and getting back to riding our bikes fighting cancer!

Want to follow along as we make our journey from Boston, MA to Raleigh, NC? Thanks to MapMyRide, you can do so! Just click this link to go to the live map! I’ll be broadcasting for as long as my battery will hold out, so I hope you enjoy the experience!

I’ll also be posting daily updates here and on Facebook ( and Twitter (

As you’re no doubt aware, I’m aiming to raise $15,000 before we arrive in Raleigh on the 13th of October, and could use your help! You can contribute by clicking on the “Donate Now” button in the widget on the homepage, or by visiting my fundraising page.

Ride on!

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