Avg Speed: 15.6 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 112 bpm
Climbing: 2,122 ft
Calories Burned: 1,788 (so says my Garmin ... it's higher!)
Wheel dipping in the Atlantic Ocean ... amazing reception with family and friends ... good bye to new friends ... an engagement
Today' route and map -- http://connect.garmin.com/activity/45814717
Our final day together. Time to look back. Time to laugh. Time to cry. We left Manchester early with lots of time for easy pedaling, fun conversation, and a few food stops. So many emotions and thoughts were running through my head. It seemed like only yesterday that my adventure had begun, yet it seemed like I had been riding with my new ABB family forever. I was sad to leave them behind, but excited to see my family and friends. I rode with great anticipation and great contemplation ... for what was behind me and what was ahead of me.
The Geldings and our Filly rode closely together most of the day. It was like the champion team riding into Paris on the final day of the Tour de France. No thoughts of racing ... just celebrating our accomplishments and friendships. The rolling New Hampshire hills seemed like seaside flats as we cruised to the first SAG stop in Kingston. So many riders were together on the road and at the SAG. We enjoyed more homemade cookies, this time from Fred's family. Kim managed to kidnap Nan's "Cuchaloo" ... not once, but twice. Lots of handshakes, congratulations, and hugs.
|The Geldings Head Out For One Last Ride|
|A Red, White & Blue Peloton|
|Ellen in Exeter ... You Inspire Me #16|
|Is Getting A Lot of Flats a Crime in Switzerland?|
|The Team Photo ... Thank You Geldings and Filly|
|The Entire Crew ...|
|Hugs and Tears With Daddy's Little Girl|
|I Did It!|
|The Geldings and Our Filly ... Thanks For A Great Trip|
|The ALA Crew ... Thanks for all Your Support|
|Amy ... After 30 Years ... Thanks for Being There|
|Family & Friends ... Wow, Did I Feel Special|
|The Koltz Gang|
The day did not end at the beach. After heading back to the hotel, my family and friends, along with Dave and his daughter went out for a great lunch at the Portsmouth Brewing Company. Karen and I bid farewell to the group and headed back to the hotel for some rest. The celebration continued that evening and included a nice surprise. Katie and Terrence got engaged! Mark, Susan (the Duchess), Karen, me, Michael, Matt, Joe, Katie, and Terrance went out for a great dinner at Pesce's. We raised a glass of champagne to the happy couple and our wonderful adventure. In the morning, we said a few last goodbyes to Todd, Bill, Shirley, Howard, and Katie.
|No Buffet Food For This Crew|
|Congratulations Katie & Terrence|
|One More Celebration|
Good night moon ... good night ride ... good night family ... good night friends ... good night donors ... good night ALA ... good night Leo ... good night Dad ... good night all ... I DID IT!
A special thanks to my wife Karen and my roomie Dave ...
|I Love You TC|
|Thanks Dave ... So Glad We Shared This Experience Together|