August 8 The Atlantic

(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)

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21 Responses to August 8 The Atlantic

  1. Elena says:

    Congratulations!!! I have no words but, well done!! Wish I was there to give you guys a hug!
    Elena.

  2. Etta and Mike says:

    You’re a rock star Travis! Congrats!!!!!

  3. Charlie Silverson says:

    Way to go, Travis, to you and all of your friends on the trip. What an adventure. Elaine and I enjoyed the trip too, from our computers.

  4. Vicki Griffith says:

    A great accomplishment for everyone on the trip. Congratulations to you, and the rest of the EDI club.
    Vicki

  5. Nancy Howell says:

    Fantastic accomplishment, Travis! How great to see you and Suellen in the Atlantic together. Thanks for your inspiration and for reminding us daily that pain is temporary but success is permanent. You have earned every kudos coming your way.

  6. Alison Eichten says:

    CONGRATS!!!! I’m so proud of you! All your hard work in the gym helped, but your will and tenacity pulled you through. Can’t wait to hear all of the stories that didn’t make it into your blog. See you soon.
    Alison

  7. Ron says:

    Travis, GOOD JOB! Can’t wait to celebrate with you in New York on Wednesday! You did it!

  8. Fran Sebald says:

    You are my current hero! What an amazing feat!
    I can’t even look at anyone biking on the street without asking myself, “yeah, but can you bike across America like Travis”?
    I will miss the daily blog with your vivid descriptions of your location and the colorful introductions of the other riders.
    Congratulations, and thanks for taking all of us faithful followers along for the ride.
    Love Fran

  9. Howard Shuster says:

    Great Job Travis. I hope that you enjoyed your time on the road. I really enjoyed your blog.

    Howard

  10. anne petrie says:

    Amazing! Congratulations to you all.

    Anne

  11. Ulf Casten says:

    Congratulations Travis! What a great feat. Now we will wear the T-shirt with even more pride. We hope you will publish a book about this. Hugs from the Carlbergs

  12. Jennifer says:

    You are AMAZING. The viking gods have made an extra place for you amongst the gods, right next to Thor. xoxo Team Hansen

  13. Unn says:

    Congratulations to your masterpiece on wheels! Hugs Unn and Stig

  14. Odd says:

    YOU ARE THE KING!!!!!!!!!!! YOU RULE!!!!! I SURRENDER. amazing, well done, fantastic, etc.

  15. Brooks and Chester says:

    Way to go! By the way, how’s your butt?!!
    Xoxo

  16. Betty and Lou Benedetto says:

    Yeeowsa! Unreal. No words can match your accomplishment. Thanks for letting us share vicariously through the blog.

  17. Linda Sparn says:

    Wow! Congratulations Travis. What a wonderful accomplishment. Savor, celebrate, rest and enjoy!

  18. Harry says:

    EDI Club. Good one. A real accomplishment and we are all amazed and proud of you and your commitment to see this through.
    What’s next?

  19. Congratulations ! You are truly an amazing guy !

  20. Buffy Marie Collison says:

    Congratulations Travis and kudos to the rest of your team as well. I have followed you the entire way and felt like I was there with you. Thank you so much for sharing — you do that so well. Blessings to you and Suellen,
    Buffy

  21. Mary Anderson says:

    Many congratulations to you, Travis!! What a fantastic experience this has been for you and your new biking friends, as well as for all of your blog followers. You and your fellow bikers are really an inspiration. Now I hope you have plenty of time to just relax for awhile. Hello to Suellen!

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