It's over! We reached St. Augustine
Yesterday (May 2) Woman Tour's Southern Tier cross country bike tour ended in St. Augustine, Florida, at the beautiful Atlantic beaches of Anastasia Park.
We were escorted through town by a police and fire truck escort as we cycled in pairs to the park. A picnic lunch followed in a pavilion at the park.
We were sheltered from the pouring rain. Yes, the tour began and ended in rain. I attach no symbolic significance to this fact, only that it provides a certain symmetry to a journey through the drought-stricken West. In the two months we travelled, it didn't rain at all.
My stricken bike makes its way home today. I'll get home before it does. My husband, Chris, and I will spend a day here in this interesting old city before heading north.
Right now, home is for me the most powerful word I know. As I begin the final leg of this trip, I'd like to thank some people at home who provided me with the support and encouragement to make this trip.
My family, especially my husband, Chris, and my daughter, Maggie. The women I bicycle with; I'm looking forward to our rides. My friends at ECOS, especially Patrick Clear. My friends at The Gazette, especially Jeffrey Haff, for giving me space for this blog.
This tour was the hardest thing I've undertaken. But it appealed to my sense of adventure, and to my quest for physical fitness. I certainly had some adventures, and I think my fitness has improved.
I'm thinking now of training to ride 100 miles for my 77 birthday in the fall.
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