We Reach the Last Day... Amsterdam to Keane
The last day is tomorrow! It's the day that I thought would never come, the day that I have thought about over and over through the long hours spent on my stationary bike in my basement. Tomorrow we reach the Atlantic and finish our 3,400 mile journey across the United States. So many thoughts and emotions run through my mind as we pack up our clothes in the hotel room and sort out our bike equipment for the last time.
There is obvious pride that we've all come this far, especially in my father. I've watched him closely during this trip, and have come to the realization that he is one of the toughest human beings I have ever known. To have shared this journey with him, both through the good and not so good experiences, is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. He has led by example on how to persevere in the face of any obstacle, both mental and physical. Whether it is from illness to pain in the knees or back, he has gritted his teeth and continued to churn those pedals. We have made it this far together and we will finish it together.
There is a sense of sadness as I prepare to leave the people I've grown close with over this past month as we've worked together towards this one goal. They have shown me that there is opportunity for greatness within all of us. You just need to find the discipline and strength of will to seek it out. I wish I could share more with you at this time, but we had one heck of a day today. With over 123 miles, combined with over 6,000 feet of constant climbing, I am completely spent from today's ride.
If there was one thing I wish I could change about this ride, it's to be able to have more energy to really get more in-depth on my experience as I've worked my way across the country with my father. So many details are left out, and the people I've come to know and have had the privilege to ride with are so rich and vibrant in their zest for life, that I feel sometimes I'm doing both them and you a disservice in my accounts of the experience on the road.
Perhaps once this is all over, I'll set my sights on filling out the details when I have some more time and energy. I think I'd like that very much. But until then, we have another 100+ miles to go before we reach the end of our destination.