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Passport to Pain 9/15/2014

Joanne and I married and moved to Vashon Island 29 years ago, but little did we know how a small community can cajole you into doing things you would never think of doing.  Along the way, our boys rowed with the Junior Crew team, Joanne ran the Junior Crew program, and I drove the crew boat trailer (one-eyed) to regattas.  Joanne has rowed recreationally with the Masters rowers for years, and participates actively in their fundraising activities.


Steve and Joanne


Our official "Selfie" at the beginning of a very long day.


This was our second year volunteering with Passport To Pain (P2P), a bike ride fundraiser for the Vashon Island Rowing Club (new crew boats are very expensive!).  The ride has grown in popularity over the years, with nearly 300 riders registered this year.  The premise is simple: riders carry a passport book as they tour Vashon Island, conquer difficult hills to remote island locations, and receive a stamp for every check point they achieve, with a post-ride cookout afterwards. 


The ride options are:

The Idiot Ride is 80 miles & 10,000 vertical feet.

The Weasel Ride is 50 miles & 6500 vertical feet.

The Weenie Ride is a mere 30 miles & 3400 vertical feet.


This year, Joanne and I drove the complete route in our Volvo convertible, taking pictures of each of the themed check points; we could barely stay ahead of the lead riders!  We called our trip the “PnP” (Passport No Pain).  We also helped with the setup, serving food at the cookout, and the cleanup at the end. 


 Livingroom check point


Checkpoint themes were varied and imaginative.  This one featured a living room the riders could stop and rest .


Checkpoint 10


Checkpoint 10 included a group of novice rowing girls, one of their coaches (our son, Tom on the left), and his girlfriend (a very patient Emily holding the Bieber fan sign).


The mark of a good event is when both the participants and the volunteers have a good time.  Riders kept thanking us, commenting on how nice the volunteers were and how much fun they had.  We had fun too, but collapsed when finally home at 7:00pm than night.


 Spent rider


This photo sums up the day.  One of our riders could do nothing more but take a nap on the beach after reaching the finish line.  He recuperated enough later to enjoy the BBQ and a cold one on the beach.

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