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Northeast Passage Ride

2009 Three Notch Century


Our friend Kelly Donahue shares the story and photos of the 2009 ride with the North East Passage Three Notch Century Ride.  The story contains some nice photos of a bench placed in memory of Gus' second owner, John Bocko:

"Just a peek...a few (from many) photos...that are a brief preview of this past weekend's (Sept 11th, 12th and 13th) 2009 NEP Three Notch Century ride to benefit Northeast Passage.  The fund raising riding event that my cousin Eric and I took part in.  Rode 101.3 miles over 3 days with cousin Eric.  I on my bicycle and he on his handcycle!   We had a blast with an incredible group of people!  A let down when it came to a close...

NEP's trailer...

Tom and Matt of NEP staff that thought I could use more spunk to a photo of the luggage trailer...

Cousin Eric en route between Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch...

Checking into AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch on Friday afternoon...the end of day 1.  Volunteers included students from UNH.  

Taking part in a grand game of "Apples to Apples" with NEP staff and participants during our stay at the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch on Friday night.  What a blast to be had!  The NEP staff being of best entertainment!

Group photo of 3 day riders before the start of day 2's route.  Gathering together with enthusiasm on Saturday morning at AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch as ready to ride in direction of North Conway.  
We are standing only a few feet away from dear friend and cycling mentor John Bocko's memorial bench (sits to the right and out sight of the photo.  Photos of the bench that I'm referring to follow.) The spot being chosen where he had a love for hiking...appreciation of nature's beauty...along with his wife Debbie.  How befitting to have his spirit along route with our stay at the AMC Highland center.  Of where he was one of the most influential cycling mentors in the Seacoast NH cycling community.  Through sharing his passion for and expertise in the sport with being former long time owner of Gus's Bicycle Shop in North Hampton.  And a long time ride leader of shop rides...leading us to live life at another level through the bicycle!!!  Just as NEP does through adaptive cycling. befitting his bench lies not only at a popular hiking destination but at the lodging along the route of NEP's Three Notch Century.  An event that is out to benefit this outstanding organization that promotes quality of bikes!  
John's life was tragically taken/cut short by cancer two years ago May.  Our very dear friend would have turned 60 years young this past August 31st.  

Taking a moment to reflect....

A view of John's bench from the AMC Highland Center....

A view of John's bench and with how it sits in relation to AMC Highland Center...

Kudos to dear friends Mark Hepp and Dave LaFreniere!!!  For showing up to ride the 1 day ride!!!A terrific twosome looking very fine at the end of their ride on Saturday.  Covering the grueling 101 miles in "one day" at close to an 18mph average pace over the distance!  Locomotives!   NEP being very grateful to their participation and generous support!


The finish line at North Conway Grand Hotel.  It being the start and end of the ride for 1 day riders.  The end of the first day for 2 day riders.  And the end of the second day for the 3 day riders.
Pictured from the left...Keely Ames event coordinator, Chandler of NEP staff and cousin Eric.  Applauding Keely for all her efforts.   

Two UNH students/volunteers at the luggage truck on Sunday morning at the North Conway Grand hotel before the start of day 3.  Ready and willing to help load and transport participants luggage.   

Carol and Chick Hayden from Rye NH had a fan club show up to root them on!  They surprised the cycling couple with their arrival at breakfast at the North Conway Grand Hotel (our place of lodging for Saturday night) Sunday morning.  They drove up from Swampscott MA.  Of which included their son, daughter in law and five grandaughters!  

Heading out of North head to our finish in Lincoln...with the grueling climb up the Kancamangus pass before we do!

Eric insisted on taking a photo of me along route where he said that our Aunt Sandra told him to be sure to take a few of me?   For you Aunt Sandra!  And thank you for your support!  
The road keeps rising as we make our way in the direction of the highest point of our ride...the summit of Kancamangus pass.

Cousin Eric, Marlon Shepard (a UNH student) and another handcyclist working together in a pace line towards the Kanc!   Eric ended up breaking away further up the road...left them in the dust.  Making it to the summit with quite the lead before them!  Bravo to Eric.  Bravo to all!!!!