Written by Erik Osborn Saturday, 19 November 2011 16:13
Saw lots of familiar faces today at Portland Maine’s second annual Cranksgiving: a messenger-style charity bike ride where cyclists choose their own route to a list of stores to buy groceries to donate. It’s modeled after rides in similar cities. My family joined me this year: Rachel reading the manifest from the stoker seat and Owen generally asleep in the trailer. Lots of other family groups as well, including some with much lower power-to-weight ratios. My friend Derek hauled two kids with his long bike & trailer - at least until he managed sneak onto Maryann’s bike while she was buying soup at one stop. There were also two moms on single bikes with dual kids in tow. So we felt just slightly wussy but were happy for the extra set of peddling legs on the climb up to Colucci’s on the East End. We weren’t in the running for the first ones back to Woodford’s, but were proud to contribute our 17 pounds of food to the day’s haul.
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