(tweet) Wheel in the water. Tears in my eyes. Girl in my arms. Thank you everyone. (end tweet)
It’s over. I can hardly believe it. After 50 days of pedaling, 3,721 miles, and more than 100,000 feet of climbing, we reached the Atlantic Ocean and dipped our wheels. I was also inducted into the EDI club since I biked Every Damn Inch.
I’d like to say a few words about my fellow riders — a braver bunch I’ve never met. As I’ve gotten to know them, I’ve become ever more amazed at the obstacles and challenges that they’ve overcome. Here’s a list — probably incomplete — of the afflictions and infirmities that this group has faced down: ovarian cancer, bone cancer, knee replacement due to bone cancer, prostate cancer, pulmonary embolism, Hodgkins disease, brain aneurysm, knee surgeries (too numerous to count), neck fusion, cerebral palsy, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, heart attacks, obesity, triple bypass surgery, diabetes, and the death of a child. I’m just proud to be one of the gang. So, if you ever think that you could not possibly do a cross-country bike ride… well, you’ve got another think coming.
I’m sure I’ll have more to say tomorrow and the next day. But for now, I’m just going to get reacquainted with Suellen.
Day’s distance: 52.7 miles (84.8 km)
Average speed: 15.8 mph (25.4 kph)
Day’s climb: 1,400 feet (426.7 meters)
Total distance: 3,720.7 miles (5,987.9 km)