Friday, August 11, 2017

The Finale

Day 69 - 8/11/17 - Near Jamestown to Yorktown, VA - 29 Miles

Lori - In my arms

Average Speed - Between 10 and 11 mph the whole trip

Lodging - HOME

After...

More than 4000 miles

More than 400 hours sitting on a bicycle seat

Around 2,000,000 pedal strokes

70 nights away from home, sleeping in campgrounds, city parks, county parks, fairgrounds, behind stores, fire stations, jail houses, hostels, churches, houses and motels.

More than 300 bottles of water/gatorade

Crossing 10  states

Being chased by too many dogs

10s of thousands of feet of climbing

Enduring cold, heat, wind, humidity, hail, sleet, snow, rain

...I awoke on the morning of the final day of this incredible adventure.

I invited folks to join me on this final day, but when I was awoken by rain falling on my tent, I really wondered if anyone would show up.  It was awesome when Bob, Dean, Tom and Greg met me at the campground.  When we got to Jamestown, Tim was waiting and joined us.  Between Williamsburg and Yorktown, Joann (Greg's wife) joined our group.  It was really nice to be riding with friends.  Their support really meant alot.

When we got to Yorktown and we crested the final hill and turned toward the finish, I was overwhelmed to see the number of folks that showed up to cheer me to the finish.  I can't begin to put into words what it felt like.  I was overwhelmed and humbled by the show of support.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank everyone that rode with me...everyone that showed up at the finish...everyone that followed along on the blog...everyone that left comments, sent messages, called and prayed.  I am truly blessed to have such a great family, friends and coworkers.

So how do I bring this thing to a close?  Well, it's a Finale, so what does that look like???

The final camp...
 
It's Back to my Real Bed After This

The final sunset...
 
Over the Chicahominy

The final breakfast...
 
I Miss My Smoothies

The final prep...

The final ride...
 
Colonial Parkway

The final destination...
 
The Pacific

 
The Atlantic (well The York River, but close enough)

The final post...thanks for following!

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