"Hi Jennifer, I am hoping you have another great ride this year. I wish so much that I was there. My hope is to return next year if possible. Please say hi for me and Flat Stanley! He is very upset to not be riding!!…"
"Hi Kim, Thanks for inviting me to view your pictures! I really enjoyed them! I haven't communicated with anyone since returning from the ride and I am anxious to sit down and send out a hello from Flat Stanley and myself.…"
"Hi Sam and Jennifer, I forwarded the info to the person who wanted to sponsor me. They went through the steps and made a pledge but there was never a blue line to click on and put my name in. I.m not sure of what to do now so that…"
"Hi Sam, I just followed the directions to make sure that I understood them, before sending info onto the donor. I could not see a blue line under the NEMS bike ride. I'm sorry to bother you with this again. Donna"
"Hi Everyone, Just wondering if there is a way to print the bike route as an entire map. I tried printing each leg but couldn't seem to get it to copy. I want to leave it in my classroom for my kids to track. Thanks, Donna"
"Amy, Heather and I (Donna) are tripling up with Sarah until the 17th, maybe we could continue with a triple if you wanted to join us in Alexandria? Let me know.
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"Jules, is there a female needing accommodations? Heather and I would triple up if we can get a rollaway bed each night. Let us know if we can help out. We would just need to double check with the hotels before committing. …"
"Jules, You were recommended to me as the person who might be able to help me figure out the best solution for leaving a vehicle in Boston, for the time that we are riding to D.C. Thanks so much! Donna Brown"
I am not doing the Trek this year. Steve Doczy-Bordi has great information about the routes of the ride going back to 911 and before. My wife thought you might do a "flat Stanley" idea with your kids except maybe a "riding Rufus". This ride will bring tears to your eyes every day. You will meet great people from all over the world. I can put you in touch with Irish EMS folks who have done this in the past and can give you great perspective. As one of the older riders and one who has been involved since the ride was resurrected in '05 I have been struck by the giving spirit of this profession. No one makes much money but they are willing to put their lives on the line daily. They work tirelessly, no pun intended, and have been the forgotten service in many ways when compared to fire and police. You should ask them their stories. An imovie would be a great way to do it. Ask them who they ride for and why they ride. Ask them why they become involved in EMS. Ask them about the colleagues who have died in the line of duty. It is a big family and you immediately become part. In my mind the muddy angels have always been the fallen but this group gains strength and comfort from the moniker and it binds them together. The ride itself is no harder than the Trek except the two years I made them climb up onto the Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge of Virginia. You'll have a great time. Most do, even when they suffer. I will miss the last 2 days because my son graduates from law school on the 21st. I look forward to meeting you. Maybe we can arrange a training ride or two if the weather isn't too bad.
My wife Mary is a retired teacher. We wonder what grade level and subjects you teach and to whom you may have to make a presentation. There is almost more educational meat on this ride than on the Trek which I have done 10 times. We are traveling today but we would be happy to help.
There are several riders from Maine. Farmington's Northstar Rescue has riders each year. I don't know who else from Maine is riding. I have ridden since 2005. I did not ride last year but will be riding this year. I would be happy to answer any questions.