Here are a few last minute thoughts before we start the big ride East. Thanks again for following. I am doing the trip with a small iPhone -no tablet. Forgive my typos and context errors. This will be my best effort which when it comes to tech and typing is abysmal. Nuf said.
The genesis of riding across the USA rests entirely on my very oldest/best friend Harriet. One summer night on Hinman Ave. in Evanston IL we rode bikes up and down 1 block to make 10 miles b/c we were bored. It was fun so There you have it.
At the rider meeting we had a great view of the ocean and the exact spot where Lifeguard service was invented. You can read the plaque for the story.
The rider introductions were inspiring. 3 stood out. Becky who is vision impaired, the almost 83 year old gentlemen and the effervescent Marina. Marina is in between jobs, signed up to live her dream was not exactly trained up and declared “I better make it ready !!!” I love all of it.
The little bike acting as a Flat Stanley is from my birthday cake. My M dot girls in Bradenton Mel, Michele, Martha and of course my beloved Big D.
Larry B from Texas and I are creating some great maxims. Marina won yesterday. Here are a few more: 1. No one looks good in spandex. 2. If the hill has a name…..watch out. 3. Ride Day 1 like you want to ride Day 52. 4. Nothing ruins a good ride more than going fast.
Special thanks to Tom G for coming to the roll out and capturing it on film. We go way back from teaching and coaching and riding and carpooling each other while he had a new hip (twice :(( and I got a new heel). There are no coincidences. Life gives us exactly what we need.
Celebrate one mile at at time and make it an amazing life.
Love to all,
Adios for now, time to hit the road