We when we got to the hotel who should be in the lobby but Ray. Ray broke his humerus n Wisconsin and had to fly back home to London. It was great to have him back for the last night.
I've checked into the last hotel and am about to go to the last rap and the final banquet. Here is the little skit Ward is going to do with me.
Polly and Mimi’s Antique Road Show – Skit
Ward: I believe you all know me as Ward, Mimi’s personal trainer and domestic. What you might not know is I’m also an antiques dealer and connoisseur. I’m here to welcome you to Polly and Mimi’s Antiques Road Show right here in beautiful Manchester, NH where the first shot of the American Revolution was fired. Oh, no, excuse me that was Concord, NH wasn’t it.
All the other antique appraisers as well as I were thrilled when this unique antique pulled in on her black and pink Orbea. We’ve had this afternoon to check her out and to do some extensive research. I bet you’re all dying to know what she would bring at auction.
Let’s begin by dating her circa 1950. On close inspection we were thrilled to see that she has her original finish. You can see by all the scars left by the mountain bike and trail running crashes, the age spots and myriad wrinkles that she definitely has not had any “work” done—no Botox, no collagen or face lift and that’s real plus for increasing her value. The patina is quite lovely except for at the ankles and top of the thighs where we noticed serious biker tan going on.
We also would like to call attention to her joints. They are all in good working condition – no tendonitis, chrondomalaisia, no knee or hip surgery or replacement. No sign of any plates, bolts, or screws in any of the joints. We did infer, however, based on some of her recent activity that she may have a few loose screws in the cranium area.
Given the good shape of this antique, we were thinking that she will bring a pretty penny at auction. Then we discovered that she has full provenance or documentation. In a small Zip-lock bag she has a passport, driver’s license,, credit card, and most important a laminated America By Bike ID card. Not only is she fully documented, but when we went on –line we discover she has a blog recounting her last 49 days. So this antique can be fully authenticated. Born in Portland, Maine, August 30 1950 and has just ridden to Manchester, 3609 miles from Astoria, OR.
Now most antiques have one purpose. A chair is for sitting. A table is for eating, a dresser is for storing clothes. We have discovered that this antique is multi-functional. She cooks, cleans, mows the lawn, teaches kids to read, and reminds her personal trainer to take out the trash. WOW it’s not often a multi-functional antique turns up at the Antique Road Show. Her value is skyrocketing.
Originally, we were thinking if you cleaned her up and put a few pounds on her, her value at auction would be enough to bail out Greece.
Then we realized she was part of paired set. The other antique, who is also in mint condition and has full provenance, is currently on loan in Winchester, England at what is surely a splendid and glorious wedding.
We are confident that these two antiques will someday be on permanent display in the Smithsonian. So at auction they would go for between $4,000,000,000 – $6,000,000,000. But truly, they are priceless.
Total Miles: 3609
Elevation Gain: 4590
Elevation Loss: 4731
Next Stop : Portsmouth, NH (and the Atlantic Ocean)
Link to Mimi's Garmin info
|Wow! The last state|
|Stream near Bennington|
|Ward at the Monadanock Paper Mill - happy to report the mill is still running|
|Church with cemetery (looks crooked because it's on a big hill)|
|Sign in at second sag - Wow we were the first ones there!|
|Church at sag in Frances town|
|Building opposite church|
|History lesson - They are everywhere in New England.|
|Bud manning the second sag|
|Dessert at the banquet|
ABB's awesome mechanic
Among other things, she's in charge of sag food and the route sheets