Misty weather no excuse for cyclists to miss ice cream

By Andrea Ray | May 21, 2018
Photo by: Andrea Ray This 11-mile ride participant was all business with ice cream up ahead.

It might've been a cool, misty morning for the third annual Tour de Creme on Sunday, but the weather didn't stop 242 bike-riders, ranging in age from two to 76, from enjoying approximately 564 scoops of ice cream.

For those of you doing the math, that's nearly 2½ scoops of ice cream per rider.

Riders hailed from 76 different towns in Massachusetts and eight other states—New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and even North Carolina.

Tour de Creme organizer Marc Anderson said that one man returned from the ride with a big smile on his face. "He said it was the first Tour de Creme that he'd done and that he had a great time. He wants to come back again next year and said he'd be giving an individual donation as well," Anderson recounted.

The Tour de Creme is an annual fundraiser for the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path. Money raised in entry fees and donations will be used to help fund the Mattapoisett Rail Trail bicycle path project, and to maintain and expand hiking trails on Mattapoisett Land Trust properties.

There are four different rides offered—50-, 25-, 19- and 11-mile tours. While the shorter rides stayed fairly local—to the Seaport Slip in Mattapoisett and Fieldstone Farm in Marion—longer rides visited creameries in Rochester, Acushnet and Freetown.

Cyclist Bob Tapper was thrilled when he reached the finish line at Munro Park, on Mattapoisett's waterfront. "Great ride, great ice cream!" he said as he dismounted from his bike.

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