Thursday, May 2, 2013
We end as we began.....
On the beach, in the rain.
We had a delightful ride this morning - 40 miles to the St. John's fire station - it was cool and misty, everything we saw was lush and green. Some of the road ran along the St. John's River.
The fire station was a great place to meet up and we took full advantage of the opportunity to take pictures. I don't know if it was specifically allowed, but we climbed all over the fire truck like a bunch of 8 year olds. Pictures as soon as I can load them.
Eventually everyone was ready, riders, guides and police escort. The seven mile ride was increasingly wet and rainy. It was quite a thrill - even for old ladies - to be accompanied across town with lights and sirens. We DID it! As we crossed the bridge to the beach I was thinking that Nancy would have loved this. And I was a little sad that there would be no one there to meet me.
It was quite a walk to the beach and the rain got harder and harder. But when I turned around after dipping my tire, there was Emily and of course, where Emily is, Nancy will not be far away. Now I had "family" too. It was the perfect end to the tour. After a picnic lunch, we got into various vehicles and made our soggy way to the hotel.
Tonight will be the farewell banquet for the riders and tomorrow I will fly home. It is over. There will be much retrospection and introspection before I figure out what all this means to me and how, exactly, it has changed me. That will be interesting, I am sure.