Muddy Angels Day 2: Southbridge to Waterbury

Leaving Southbridge, we quickly entered into Connecticut.  A day later, we will be again going to Newtown where we stopped last year.  Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, we visited Newtown and each had a small rubber duck which rode with us.  Several of us have returned with our ducks for this year’s ride.  For today however, we’ll be going only halfway through the state to Waterbury.

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Muddy Angels Day 1: Boston to Southbridge

Our first day of the 2014 National EMS Memorial Bike Ride started in Copley Square in downtown Boston.  This is my second year riding in the memorial bike ride, the first being in 2013.

Armed with lessons learned from that experience, I came this year with better training, a revised plan, and a brand new touring bike.

Below, my custom 2014 Surly Straggler poses in front of the historic Trinity Church.

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Muddy Angels Day 3: Manchester to Worcester

Today’s ride took us 78 miles from Manchester, NH to Worcester, MA. The ride was good and the weather clear, though the increased temperature and humidity had us conscious of the possibility of overheating.

We started the day with an escort from the Manchester Police Department.  Many of the municipalities we’ve visited have been gracious enough to block traffic and control the intersections as we’ve traveled through their more populous areas.  This has been a big help to us and has been greatly appreciated. Continue Reading →