Thursday, October 05, 2006

Day 26 Metter, GA-->Tybee Island, GA

Departure 7:32 a.m.
Arrival: 2:00 p.m.
86 miles
1000' climbing
Departure temp: 61
Arrival temp: 86

Kirk and I had a wonderful "get caught up" dinner at Crabby Joes in Metter last night. It will be the last time we can eat outdoors for many months. Just one of many things that will come to an end after today, things like:
  • a different hotel room every night
  • never unpacking your duffle bag for 30 days.
  • washing out your riding clothes in the sink each night and hanging them to dry on the railings and trees outside your hotel room
  • peeing behind roadside bushes multiple times a day for 26 days
  • massages by Jonathan Jahant to keep our legs going for one more day
  • mixing up protein drinks and electrolyte beverages each night readying for the next day
  • eating in the likes of Huddle House, Waffle House, Dennys, and Cracker Barrel night after night
  • eating oatmeal in the parking lot served up in electric roaster pans that are plugged into the outlets in the crew's hotel room
  • drinking 2 liters of pop per rider per day
  • waking up in the night hungry and scrounging for food
How do you integrate something that has been such an intense focus for all of us for a year or more? How do you re-enter your own real world?

Well, back to doday. Today's ride was different than all the others. First, it was the shortest. Second, the rest stops came sooner with fewer miles in between. That meant that riders didn't get so spread out over the course. Third, the route was flat and the wind was minimal so mph was high. Fourth, we could all haul out because we wouldn't be riding tomorrow so didn't have to save some legs for tomorrow. And fith, we all regrouped at the 82 mile mark so we could ride the last 4 in as a group to the hotel. I took advatage of all those conditions and rode either with or ahead of the lead packs up to the regroup zone. That was a hoot. Loved it. My recumbent can fly on the flats.

The celebration on the beach is best told in the pix.

We banqueted tonight. There were about 40 family members here, more than at any other PAC banquet. It was great fun to meet the spouses and kids of the folks you've ridden with the last month.

Kirk and I will debrief tomorrow on Tybee and fly home on Saturday. Lots of efficient packing needs to be done to get everything back home without the advantage of being able to mail a box of supplies.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on completing the cross country ride. Wasn't it just a "totally awesome experience"?

Susan said...

Thanks, Brad. It was an experience of a life time. I'm so grateful I was able to go the distance.