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Run MDI 2016

My siblings, Casey, Charity & Julie, were at it again this past weekend with another marathon!  Rachel and I always try to go and support them on race day, and this time it was a no-brainer, because the race was on Mt. Desert Island (“MDI”).  It would be our first time at MDI/Acadia National Park, so when we found out the race was on Sunday, we decided to drive up Friday night so that Saturday could be spent experiencing some of what MDI/Acadia have to offer.  We arrived at our home for the weekend, Hadley’s Point Campground, at 8:30p on Friday and quickly set up camp then got to sleep, in preparation for an early start on Saturday.  The temperature was forecasted to drop to the low 30s, so we deployed our warmest tent and an extra sleeping bag to use as a comforter.

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Rachel getting ready for bed.

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Mt. Desert Island Tour

 In the weeks leading up to our Mount Desert Island (“MDI”) weekend, we stumbled upon this list of the best bike ride in each of the 50 states, according to Bicycling Magazine.  Coincidentally the ride in Maine is the Cadillac Challenge Loop, which covers all of MDI, including Cadillac Mountain.  The description on the site reads: “Pedal these 98 winding miles through Acadia National Park and you’ll pass rocky cliffs, secluded coves, and lighthouses—and climb up 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the park’s high point and the first spot in the United States to catch rays from the rising sun.”  Sounds great, right?  It did to us, so we planned to tackle the challenge on Saturday, but with a slightly modified route so that we could start/end at our campsite and ride up Cadillac Mountain at the beginning to see the sunrise.

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2016 NE Parkinson’s Ride

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All of the ‘Team Tim’ riders, from left to right: Greg, Linda, Rachael, Charity, Rachel, Chris, Casey

The New England Parkinson’s ride was created by the Woods family in the Summer of 2008 after Chris Woods, an avid cyclist, was diagnosed with PD at the age of 41.  He was a regular at the annual Diabetes and MS rides, but his family found that there was no benefit ride for Parkinson’s research in the US, so they started their own.  The first year only drew  only 35 riders but as of last year, it grew to 800+ cyclists (from 19 states & 3 Canadian provinces) and 200+ volunteers.  In 2015 alone, it raised $547,000 and the cumulative total since the rides inception has now surpassed $2 million.  For two years in a row it has been the largest independent single-day fundraising member event for Team Fox in the history of the Michael J Fox Foundation.

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New England Parkinson’s Ride 2015

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Last year Rachel and I wanted to take part in the New England Parkinson’s Ride but couldn’t due to a schedule conflict.  This year, we had been thinking we wanted to sign up for a century ride soon after we finished our tour, and the timing worked out perfectly!  We started the day with a large group of cyclists and despite my best efforts, I took my turn at the front of the pack several times.  The group slowly dwindled, typically losing a few riders at every refuel station, but we (Rachel & I) always tried to get started again with everyone else.  The time flew by and we were surprised to see we were already 65 miles in at a particular rest stop.  After that point, though, the group disbanded almost completely and we carried on with only a small handful of people.  At the end, it was Rachel, myself and another rider, named John, who remained loyal and helped us finish with a great average pace.  We shared some great stories and got to know John a little bit during the ride, but never exchanged info afterwards because he rode back on the course to meet up with his girlfriend who was riding the 50mile route.  Maybe we will meet up with him again next year 🙂

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We lucked out with great weather, and really enjoyed the route.  There were some beautiful sections along the coast, as well as through some nice little towns and quiet back roads.  It was so great to be involved in such a successful fundraiser for a charity that we love to support.