36 Photos - Aug 17, 2013
Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

This picture is in the morning as we are ready to leave ManchesterPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH
Jim, soaking it in at Hampton BeachPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Beautiful day at Hampton BeachPhoto: Machester to Portsmouth

At a rest stop, our first Dunkin Donuts of the trip provided by Diane, Dale's wifePhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Jim, Dale, Ed, Pat, TomPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH
On the way to PortsmouthPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH
Our first glimpse of the Atlantic came as we continued on NH 27 from Manchester toward the Ocean and crossed Highway 1A. It was an exhilarating moment. Here we are at the sea wall overlooking Hampton Beach looking South.

Pat and JimPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH
Hampton Beach looking NorthPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

From left Ed, Dale, JIm, Pat, TomPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Ed, Dale, JIm, Pat, TomPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

We continued riding along 1A north for 10 miles to rendezvous with Dave and the RV.Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Rex Burbage (brother of Ray Burbage Jim's friend who was killed in Vietnam Feb 1968) waiting to greet us an Jim WebberPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

We were greeted by friends and family.

From left Julie Cryer (Ed's daughter who lives in Connecticut, Ed, his granddaughter Sarah, and grandson Matthew.Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Jeff and DalePhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Dale and Jeff, in the background Jim and RexPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Dave looks soooo happy and the reason is right behind him, his wife Dale. Time for a champagne toastPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Could not have done the ride without Dave's support, showing our appreciation? with a champagne shower.

From left Dale in the background, Jim, Dave, Tom, Pat, Ed behind Pat, Julie, Darryl, Matt,Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH
Ceremonial dipping of the tire in the AtlanticPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Raising our bikes which brought 2600+ miles taking lots of abusive roads in stride with no significant problems, a few minor shifting adjustments. Early on with the rain and mud in Oregon we did have some wheel freehub and bearing problems.Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

How sweet it is..Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NHPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

OK more photos from different anglePhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Jim started by jumping in the water, cycling shoes and all. Dale followed, then the rest of us joined in. 

It felt great!Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

After chants of "we want Dave!" from us, Dave strips down to his shorts and joins us.Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

From left, Jim, Jeff (Dale's "adopted" who came up from Washington DC area, Matt and Julie (Ed's family) Ed and PatPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Matt, Sarah, Julie and EdPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

OK, no DQ at the beach but to the rescue was this ice cream truck that pulled up a little after we arrived.Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Rex Burbage, his wife Kathryn, and Jim

See our Post on Jim's dedicating his ride to Ray Burbage, his friend who was killed in Vietnam February 1968 just before scheduled to come home.Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Portsmouth downtownPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

On our way to dinner

Dave, Dale, Jeanne, Jim, Rex, Dale, Darryl, Pat, Jeff ("adopted" son of Dale)Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Dale and Jim discussing some of the coins and gifts received. I will do a post to the blog later on these special gifts.Photo: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

The entire group

From left back around the table 
Ed, Pat, Dale, Diane, Jeff,  Jeff's friend Jim, Dale, Rex's wife Kathryn, Rex, Jim, Darryl and his with Jeanne, Matt and Sarah Ed's grand children, Julie Ed's daughter from Connecticut.Photo: Manchester to Portsmouth NHPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Darryl, who worked very hard for the team, and chief organizer of our planning, his wife Jeanne, Jim, Rex Burbage, Dale (Dave's wife), DavePhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

We completed the day with dinner at Radici's Italian restaurant recapping our trip.

From left Sarah, Matt, Dale, Jeanne Darryl, JimPhoto: 20130812 Day 55 Manchester NH to Portsmouth NH

Dale showing some of the Police badges that he traded with police departments across the country.