Brrrrrrrrr. No really, BRRRRRRRRRRRR!
It’s the first morning of the tour and I could see my breath in the tent that I share with my tentmate Tammy. It’s going to be a gorgeous day here in Norman Rockwell land as soon as the sun comes out and burns away the frost from my nose.
Just had breakfast with Mark, who will be riding along with us this year. He is an absolute sweetheart and introduced himself to our table as the “other patient”. So, Mark along with Matthew from last year’s tour will be pedaling along with us today as we embark on the 5th Tour DaVita. He dialyzed last night and says that cycling (along with his docs and care team) are what is keeping him alive. He rides to and from his dialysis treatments in Ohio and has been doing 35 miles training rides to prepare for this big ride here in New England. Impressive. Especially since the most I did to prepare was a measly 28 miler, and that was just once.
Mark and Matthew are the faces I will keep in my mind as I creep up those monster hills they have been warning us about. Their strength, humor and undeniable spirit will keep me warm on this chilly morning as I get ready to begin my second ride of a lifetime.
-the Brooklyn Biker