9 Days. Or: Portland, The Fulcrum

With 9 days left, it’s hard to believe we’ve made it to the western edge of the fourth largest nation in the world. The amount of miles for each ride seems trivial. No longer do we travel westward day-to-day moving toward the next rest day as a day off.  On our next day off, we will have completed the journey that took us almost a year of preparation.
Somewhere west of Chicago but east of Yellowstone, the novelty of the trip wore off. We weren’t fueled by the adrenaline and excitement we left New York with.  I found myself often wondering what happened to the novelty, the spark.  It’s easy to see now that the growth of our team occurred during the time when our novelty wore off. After reaching Portland, I understand that the novelty wore off to give us a chance to experience and learn. Suddenly our attentional resources weren’t focused on the external aspects of the ride (excitement, riding our bikes). During this “down time” as I’ll call it, many of us turned our attentional resources inward–to ourselves, our organization. As we left Portland and entered Corvallis, I realized that during the downtime, the novelty turned into wisdom, clarity, and confidence. Our souls of the trip aren’t the springy, ecclectic, energetic youth we knew as we left Central Park nearly two months ago. We’re older, taller, more mature in the context of the ride. We’ve learned so much and have truly, truly lived so fully these past sixty-three days.
There’s a chance I may not blog before the end, and if this is the case, I would like to extend my deepest grattitude to everyone involved in this trip. It could not have happened without your support.

eamon

Comments (4)
  • donna kalis says:

    Saw the the individuals of the team as mature, from the beginning….yet knew they would continur to mature from this experience,for a lifetime.
    Thanks again, everyone. It has meant a lot to me, too.
    Love and Gods’ blessings.Donna(kalis)

  • donna kalis says:

    Saw the the individuals of the team as mature, from the beginning….yet knew they would continur to mature from this experience,for a lifetime.
    Thanks again, everyone. It has meant a lot to me, too.
    Love and Gods’ blessings.Donna(kalis)

  • Julia Biggins (Eamon's sister) says:

    Keep pedaling! You are almost at the finish line! You guys can do it! We are so proud of all of you, Eamon. You are truly an inspiration! I think your posting captured your journey perfectly and what a journey it has been!

  • Donna Pomatto says:

    Eamon-
    I have never met you, but I feel I know so much about you. I work at Edward Hospital and frequently have lunch with your mom. My daughter, Christy, will also be a senior at U of I in the fall. I have followed your group’s trip loosely over the months and am truly amazed at the strength, endurance, selflessness, and maturity of everyone. Keep pedaling-what a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment you will feel when you have completed your journey. Best of luck to all of you!

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