And so it ends

I can’t believe I am sitting here in San Raphael, California. I’m amazed that this is day 70 of 72. I was thinking while riding yesterday that these hills are the last hills I will get to experience. Even though hills are hard, I tried my absolute best to have a good attitude because I know its the end.  Unfortunately, I’ve had a poor attitude the last few days because they have been so hard since my body is exhausted and almost unwilling to do anything. In addition, California has been a tough state with hills as big as mountains and a severe heat that has made it even worse! However, I have still persevered and here I am today. I was thinking this morning how this would be the last time I wake up with 25 other people in the same room. I keep thinking how everything will be for the last time and I don’t even know what I’m gonna do when I cross the finish line. It’s absolutely insane. I can’t believe that it’s the end. Though my attitude was poor, I now wish I could have just a couple more days, just a little more time with people and with this experience. Though I have had plenty of time to take it all in, I feel like I still need to contemplate what has happened over the past 70 days. I’m so sad and happy at the same time but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has been such an honor to have been selected for this experience. I’m so thankful for each and every day that I have had and for every memory I will have for the rest of my life. This is by far the most amazing adventure of my life and I know its only going to get better from here on out. I guess I’ll see some of you on the flip side of the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE in San Francisco. Here…we….go.

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  • Lata & Joti Nagpal says:

    Dear Divya,

    Congratulations to you and your entire team. You all did great. Despite all the hardships and grueling conditions, you guys survived and persevered. So, the victory is yours!! We all (not only us parents, but UIUC and the whole nation) are proud of you and the A Team. You all supported a worthy cause and your effort is much much more than deserving. So, bask in the glory and glow in the halo. You all deserve a well-earned break. Have fun and enjoy yourselves for the next few days.

    We are thankful to your team mates, their families and organizers for their support, a well planned herculean task and an eventful journey. Thanks also to all the other supporters, well wishers and above all the donors. Though we could not be there, we ensured that some family members and friends were there to greet all of you. Hope you all had a great celebration on Sunday, 7/31/11. Please make all diary entries for this day, in golden color. Cheers to one more feather in your cap!!! Ha La Lu Ja.

    What’s next – Mt. Everest perhaps? Or the English channel?

    Loves – Nagpal family

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