3:43pm- We are all in safely to Tybee Island at the end of our cross country journey. We’ve been in a couple of hours and were greeted by dozens of family members and friends. More later after our banquet at 6:30pm….
10:00pm- Our banquet has just finished and it also was great. Susan presented our photo certificates, one at a time, with an anectdote about EVERY rider! I don’t know how she remembered something about each rider’s trip?! The daily progress map was auctioned off and won by Julie who will make a charitable donation to Lon and Susan’s Peru project to support children in the Andes mountains.
Our ride today was ‘ceremonial’ for the most part along a flat (900 ft climbing), 87 mile route from Metter through Savannah and eventually onto Tybee Island. With 4 miles to go we re-grouped at a sag stop and ALL rode in together, taking over one entire travel lane. It was quite emotional as we pulled into the hotel, somewhat confused about the trip being completed- happy for the accomplishment, but sad that we won’t be riding with all of our new friends tomorrow morning….. I would say that this trip was the most mentally and physically challenging event I’ve ever done! Again, thanks to everyone who has read this blog and sent e-mail from all over the world!…
Overall, my cyclometer (which WAS calibrated by a wheel roll-out) shows the following:
Total Miles: 2,960 miles Total Climbing: 101,108 feet
Total Ride Time: 161 hours and 15 minutes (that’s almost like 7 continuous days!)
Below are photos of our emotional arrival on the east coast with the traditional dipping of the FRONT wheel in the Atlantic; remember that we dipped our rear while 26 days ago in the Pacific Ocean!
GOOD NIGHT!!! No wake-up calls or breakfast in the parking lot for this guy tomorrow morning!!!!