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Done and done! We finished the Cross Country Challenge today. For me it amounted to 3609 miles. The folks who rode every mile ended up with over 3900 miles. The 4 days I had to take off were necessary but it does mean that I didn’t ride every mile across the country. I’m going to call it a full ride because I’m not going back to Nevada and ride across it by myself!

Breakfast this morning was a bit weird. It was our last meal together so most of us were running around taking pictures. Same thing happened was we loaded our luggage and checked our bikes.

Fueling up for the big day!

It looks like this every morning.

As I mentioned yesterday, today’s ride was pretty short and mostly level. There were a few hills at first but given we had 4 ½ hours to ride 50 miles to the rendezvous point I wasn’t too worried. Of course I took a wrong turn and ended up riding an extra 6 miles.

After we met we all had our pictures taken and then rode the last couple of miles to the beach with a police escort. 

At the beach we all walked down to the water for the traditional wheel dipping ceremony. I’m not quite sure why this is important but I went along with it.

Litespeed Pony wanted to dip her hoofs in the ocean so I obliged. A lot of the riders had family and friends meet them there so we had a large crowd cheering us when we got there. And that was the official end of the ride.

Of course we had to get to the hotel after that. It was another 7 miles of riding to get there. We were on our own but they did give us a cue sheet so it was just a matter of following it. Once we all got here those of us that are shipping our bikes home were shuttled down to a bike shop to take care of that. Now all there is left is to catch the shuttle to the airport first thing tomorrow morning.

All in all this was a wonderful experience. Some folks claim that it was life changing. I can’t make that claim but still, I had a lot of fun. I found that the things I liked most were 1) riding my bike and 2) absorbing the country side as I rode through it. And I do mean country side, mountains, hills, plains, rivers and definitely not cities. It really became apparent to me that I’m just a country boy that loves mountains. I always knew that but thought I had become a little more cosmopolitan. I guess not.

The question everyone is asking is: Would you do it again. I think most of the riders would. In my case it would take some serious negotiation with my wife. I’d want her to come along, at least part of the way. Not so sure how she’d go for that, but I’ll be talking to her.

So my blog about this trip is coming to an end. I’ve really enjoyed writing each night and hope you enjoyed reading it. Thanks to all of you for your interest.


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Jul. 29th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Yay!!! Glad you had fun (Litespeed Pony too!) Can't wait for you to come home!

Now, should I warn your wife you'll be talking to her? :-P
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