Rolled out as a pack of 7 at 8:30 am. 52 miles to destination. It was a fun, exciting ride. Of course we couldn't finish out the ride without a few more flats though. Brought back memories. The 7 of us all in our FACE AIDS jerseys definitely made a statement riding through towns and into Boston.
We found the Entering Boston sign and found our way to the meeting place - a boathouse on The Charles. There we met up with a bunch of Partners in Health employees and Claire's dad and brother. We finished up the last 7ish miles with a huge pack. From there we all made our way to The Boston Harbor so we could finally dip our front tires in the Atlantic. Something we've all been waiting for.
This was a riot. We found our way down to a dock and all dipped our tires, drenched ourselves in champagne, and jumped into the Atlantic. I can honestly say that this was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I can not even describe in words how exciting and how fun it was to have all of us out on the dock finishing off the ride with a bang. We definitely also drew a crowd and word got around about our ride. On our way out we got a number of high fives and appreciative remarks from the people around the harbor. That was also very cool, beyond description.
All smelling like cocktails and dripping wet with salt water, we headed to lunch at Dick's Last Resort. Then we showered up and had a great BBQ and get-together with more Partners in Health staff and friends and family. It is so great to hear how much the ride means to others as well as to us. Wonderful, wonderful, indescribable day and night.
Looking back, I literally can not believe the journey we have been on the last 67 days. It truly was an experience of a lifetime.
Now I have a couple days in Boston with Jay, former teammate, before I "become a real person" according to the group (aka I'm done with school and will be getting a job). To top off a great night, guess what was waiting for me in the passenger seat? You guessed it - half a dozen cupcakes from Kick*ss Cupcakes.
More pictures and videos to come, the camera is still being stubborn..