Last day cycling. Everyone was quite excited. The last week was not easy and that’s a good thing or it would have felt like a let down. Instead we had to work hard until the end. 83.56 miles our last day. The hardest part was the hike over the sand dunes carrying our bikes to get to the water. My legs still feel it. It was the hardest I worked on the whole trip! It was incredible mounting the top of the sand dune and seeing the Pacific ocean. Quite an emotional moment. The beach was mixed with happiness and sadness. We all gathered around and Jake shared Ollie’s ashes and we scattered them in the ocean. I’m really glad Jake came and rode the last few days with us. He was on Ollie’s bike which couldn’t have been too easy for him. But I’m really glad he came as Ollie was a part of our ride. Simon finally had a chance to set off o few of his fireworks which he’d been carrying with him since the beginning of the trip, I think. And so our trip across USA was complete as we dipped our wheels into the Pacific Ocean. A job well done. We all went out for dinner in the evening. Some of us were going to ride about 40 miles the next day but thankfully we did not do that as we had to load the bikes and get them to a bike shop in Portland where Jake had to dismantle them and box them before his flight left in the early evening. Some folk dispersed. Gina and Dena continued up/down the coast for a few more days, as did Simon and Ben. Some boxed their own bikes but I was more than happy that Jake did mine. It is on its way back home via UPS so I didn’t have to worry about it after that. It was a long day. We were going to try to go downtown to meet some of the folk for dinner but we didn’t get past the first train stop….we just went and found a local diner to eat at…..and then went back to our motels. It is sad saying goodbye to everyone, but I think I’m ready to be back home.
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