The photo is a little shaky. But the emotion wasn’t! We rode 110 miles today in total to put us in Jacksonville. We still have 30 some odd miles to ride tomorrow but we made it far enough were my mom could come pick us up, cookies in hand and bring us to food, a bed and shelter from the rain that just poured down.
Went through major heat today. At times we both got ‘the shakes.’ When those come we stop, eat candy bars and drink water. Did you know there are more calories in a king size NutRageous bar than in a 6″ Subway sandwich?
The day ended awesomely. We had a rail-trail path for the last 14 miles that took us away from traffic and into a wonderland of trees and cyclists. As we pedaled those last few miles we reminisced about our time in San Diego before starting and how we had the jitters/giddiness of adventure. And now, we are 30 miles from a cross country bike tour that took us through beautiful country side where we met some of the most interesting people, ate some of the tastiest foods and endured trying physical and mental battles.
Excited for the ocean and for my aches to heal. Excited not to grunt when I stand up. Excited to sit down and not worry about how it’ll feel on my bumski. Excited to complete this, yet sad for it to be over. It’s UNBELIEVABLY fun meeting new people daily, entering their lives, experiencing new cultures and then appreciating the countryside and how folks there, use it.
Words can’t express the gratitude for all the help, support and advice during this time. There are those we met as strangers and left as friends, those who’ve given us their car, their beds, fed us steaks, gave us tours, helped us when lost, offered showers.towels and even Q tips. THANK YOU!
And then to all of you sending comments, emails, texts or calling. I’ll speak for myself saying: I’ve hit bottom a couple of times and couldn’t have made it this far without y’all. THANK YOU.
Now, stop reading this. Go outside and do something for yourself! Enjoy this day (it’s 11pm right now but you get it)