Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tour de Cure

June 6, 2010

As a part of our support for community, the SAA  hosted a rest stop for the Tour De Cure -  Bike Ride for Diabetes fund raiser.  Karmen did a great job as rest stop leader.  Especially when she had to run interference with the State Trooper, Fire Department and Fire Police….And it was a pleasure working with Lee, Mike, Tonya, Lori, Susie and Steve.DSC_0831

We enjoyed ourselves even though it was a miserable wet day.  Fortunately, we were under the tents most of the time.  I have to give a lot of credit to the riders.  Real troopers all of them!  And no one was complaining!  1600 people were registered to ride.  I suspect a few didn’t come because of the weather. 

There were 5 different mileage routes – 10, 25, 50, 62.5 and 100.  Our rest stop was on the route for all but the 10 mile riders.  So about an hour and a half into the ride, everyone came by our site.  Not everyone stopped, but a number of riders did.  I think at one point we had about 300 riders coming and going.

The big hit?   Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches –   we ran out!  The Muffins from the Four Corners Luncheonette in Delmar were appreciated as well.  Next year- we’ll make the sandwiches ahead and bag ‘em.  Then we just have to cut them up as we need them.  Did I say next year? Yeah – I’ll do this again….Rain and all.

The Rest Stop at Kilmer Lumber YardDSC_0806Karmen struggled with the first EZ up herself at 6:30 am – fortunately Lee showed up to help with the others.

DSC_0801The calm before the storm – literally.

DSC_0800Ready – Set – Waiting on riders – and waiting and waiting….

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Here they come!DSC_0811

The sandwiches went fast….Muffins were popular too. DSC_0840

Mike looks like just another interested by-stander checking out the bikes and troubles…. DSC_0809

Nope- he gets right in there and spends the majority of his morning doing repairs. DSC_0824

DSC_0819This was a full service stop! – port-a-potties, bike repairs,
map assistance and….

DSC_0850…Bike holding!

Here are a few more of the crew doing some work….Why do you think I like to bring the camera?  (I did make a bunch of sandwiches and cut up a bunch of fruit before getting the camera out…really!)

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