Hope you're all having a grand week-end. Turns out, this is the businest summer week-end for work we've had this summer to date! Orders are off the chart....
The reason for a sudden surge of extra week-end population is the PMC, The Pan-Mass Challenge.
it's a two-day bike ride to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod, all the way from Sturbridge in Western Massachusetts. Over 5k cyclists will ride for their pedal partners n sponsors to raise money for the Jimmy Fund
n Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
. Even both of the state's senators are riding this year..
The route stops overnight around the Canal zone at Mass Maritime Academy
in Bourne, near my village, then continues down Cape the rest of the route on Sunday. The riders, their Pedal Partners, volunteers, n family members brings thousands of extra folks into my home n work zones. Rumor has it there aren't any available hotel rooms all the way to Middleboro (off the Cape)!.I tried to comfort bewildered, frazzled co-workers with the thought that this would be the busiest week-end order n all the rest of the summer would seem easy....
The annual PMC event has grown from a modest crew years ago to a massive turn-out rivaling a marathon. My personal challenge tho- is trying to drive in the very slow traffic to work, n get the work orders done, so I can get home again. I'm zonked! But I wouldn't think of letting the week-end go by without giving these bike folks a well-deserved plug. It's a great project for a great cause, n I'm amazed at these determined folks who can ride so far!.
About 20 years back, my Dad was a patient at Dana-Farber. Those specialist folks work wonders for many. Altho my fathers miracles had run out, I'm sure many are still in store for all those current patients n Pedal Partners (Patients teamed up with riders).
In the future we can hope for better cures to be discovered..
So pedal onward, be carefull driving around the bicycles, n choose worthy charities!Ride on...