Back in the ‘burbs

The ride wrapped up really well. It is hard to believe that we actually crossed the country on our bikes! The conclusion of the trip was so rapid and tumultuous that I am left wondering, "did that just happen?" Then, I glance at the tan lines on my legs, and the existence of the trip is reaffirmed.

I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a summer. The ride, and the riders, made this summer extraordinarily special for me. I had a great time, and was overwhelmed by the generosity showered on us from all directions by churches, community centers, parents, and other supporters of our trip. I really appreciate all of those in particular who contributed to my effort to raise funds. I ended up meeting a dentist who had written a check in support of my ride while I was in Seattle, which brought the size of the United States back down to that of the small towns through which we passed, such as Wisdom, MT, and Craigmont, ID, where everyone still knows everyone else in town. America is very much a small town type of country, and I’m glad for it. I’m also incredibly grateful for the 20 (21) people who made the difficult times pass rapidly, and the good times that much more sweet.

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