August 16, 2014
Last day of the trip. B and I purchased a few items at Perkins last night after and an amazing chicken pot pie dinner. I bought a banana nut muffin and chocolate milk and some honey nut Cheerios from the local gas station. we had our room breakfast at 6 and were ready to roll by 7. My leg felt better for the first 20 km but then the pain resurfaced. Not as bad but present. |I won;t go on as I did a pretty good job describing it yesterday ;) We took a break at a really neat bagel shop that appeared out of no where and we had sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. We did a lot of climbing today and several of the Google bike paths lead to gravel or grass or to closed paths. It kept things interesting as we would have to find an alternate route at the drop of a hat. W left Pennsylvania, entered New Jersey, left NJ and entered NY in one ride. The Google bike route also does not discriminate according to social class neighborhoods which meant that we have seen every level from ultra rich to extremely poor several times in one day. We found our way to the ferry which took us from NJ to NY and rode to Battery Park. Alison, Jackson, Jamie and Linda were waiting for us and I surprised myself by not being overly emotional. It must have been the last 4 days anticipating that moment. It was hard to believe it had actually happened. The first two weeks of the tour all I could think of was my knee, my stomach issues and my family. It seemed to take forever but now it's done it seems to have gone quickly, if that makes any sense at all. I am relieved it's over and I feel an enormous sense of accomplishment. I am so lucky to have a wife and family that let me fulfill this somewhat crazy dream and friends that wanted to do it with me.