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Ride 2019

 

Description of Ride

A small team from Outreach to Haiti will again do a 5-day, 337-mile bike ride, touching five of the six New England states and climbing more than 13,000 feet.  The ride starts  on September 16, 2019, and its purpose is to raise awareness and funds to support the mission in Haiti.

The specific goal of this year's ride is again to raise money for the rebuilding effort. Construction is well underway - you can see pictures on our home page, and by following the link there to more information on the building, or you can clilck here.  We have the majority of the money for the building, but increasing construction costs, as well as more robust plans to protect further against earthquakes, has increased the cost of the building, so that additional fund-raising is needed.

This is the fifth annual bike ride. =In the first four years, we have raised almost $70,000.  Every dollar is extremely helpful in completing the funding of the new Norwich Outreach Center in Haiti.

 

For those who have not joined us for prior rides, or just want a refresher, the bike ride has been planned as a "virtual trip" across Haiti.  Or, more accurately, a "geographically displaced" trip.  The distance chosen for the trip is the distance from Jeremie on the West Coast of Haiti, through the capital city of Port-au-Prince (where OTH is based) to Cap-Haitien on the North Coast, as shown in the picture below.

 

 

In the interest of time and money, (and for better roads and, hopefully, better weather) the actual ride is in New England.

 The ride starts at Kittery, Maine, quickly makes its way down into and through New Hampshire, skirts Boston, goes into northwestern Rhode Island, and ends by winding through the eastern and central parts of Connecticut. On Thursday morning, the riders will visit St Patrick's Cathedral, and we will be greeted by Bishop Cote. The riders will also visit  Mercy High School in Middletown, and St Patrick's in Farmington. All of these groups have extended very warm welcomes to the riders in prior years, but the enthusiasm of the Mercy girls is hard to beat!

 

 This year's Ride: 

The ride is from September 16 to 20th, heading up to Kittery on the 15th for the start Monday morning.
 
 
 
 
total ride is here:     https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28777953

 

Here is the day by day info:on distance and elevation gain

 

2019 draft  
miles elev gain - feet  
          72.9         1,996 Kittery ME to Concord MA
          66.7         2,014 Concord MA to Warwick RI
          72.2         3,771 Warwick RI to East Hampton CT
          76.4         3,134 EH to Norwich to Killingworth CT
          48.9         2,387 Killingworth to Farmington CT
     
        337.1      13,302

 

You can donate by using the link below, or by sending a check to Outreach to Haiti, 815 Boswell Ave., Norwich, CT 06360. Any questions, call 860-800-3601

 

During the ride, check back into the website each day to follow our progress!

 

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 To see a description of last year's ride, click here

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