G.A.L.A.’s team of five brave and ambitious cyclist – Susan Fuller, Jim Nupp, Allison Chivvis, Molly Messenger, and Josh Arnold – joined more than 120 other riders in the inaugural Climate Ride Northeast, a 390 miles ride from Bar Harbor to Boston all in the name of sustainability, active transportation, and a clean energy future. They departed on Thursday, September 18th and arrived to Boston Common safely (and sore!) on Monday, September 21st. Together the team fundraised $15,988 from 246 donors and sponsors – a feat of its own!
Weather was perfect the entire trip. The first day they pedaled from iconic Bar Harbor through Acadia National Park, and along Maine’s rocky coast, dotted with quaint harbor towns, lighthouses, and wild blueberry patches. The next two days were spent pedaling along Maine’s scenic Mid-Coast region with amazing riding and terrific stops along the way including Portland, Maine’s largest city and a bustling port town. The fourth day they pedaled through the towns of Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, and York, stopping for lunch at one of Maine’s scenic lighthouses, before riding along New Hampshire’s very own 18 miles of scenic shoreline. And lastly, the final day was a beautiful ride in Massachusetts where they retraced, in reverse, Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride of 1775.
Two of our team’s rider, Josh Arnold and Molly Messenger, were married the weekend prior and made this ride as their honeymoon, a story we are not surprised was picked up by the Boston Globe. Thanks for the G.A.L.A. plug guys! And THANK YOU to all of the donors and sponsors, including East of Suez, Made on Earth, and Nordic Skiier for all of your support in making this benefit bike tour possible!