It was an early morning out. Earlier than even waking up for ride days. The roads are wet with a slight wind. Who am I fooling? I am flying not riding.
I hate good byes. They always make me cry. Two days before I left, I started to say farewell and down played how much I would miss the community meals, the good mornings, icescream after dinner and the SAG stops. Sorry if I did not stay in the lobby long enough to get to each of you but know that I was thinking about you.
Over the past 21 days, I feel like I have changed and I do want to be different. I do not want to stress or be anxious. When Tracy hugged me good-bye she said, “Your so cool and layed back”. It was good hear. That is exactly what I want.
There is something about XC riders. I may have said it already but it is worth repeating. Everyone takes care of each other and genuinely cares about the other. Each XC tour is different and takes on the personality of the riders in the group. I am lucky I get this exeperince three times over.
As of today, the total miles complete across America is 2224. This time next year, I plan to complete the journey and ride to Boston. XC11 all the way. EFI!
Please be patient with me as I adjust to the real world. All my body knows is to ride. Eat to fuel and pedal. I seem to have forgotten how to use the restroom and flush a toilet. It is slowly coming back to me.
Last but not least… Mister Italian waiter from a few towns ago, if I were 13 years younger I would have accepted your date and introduced you to the hotel you have never been in. Thank you for making me feel young and desirable again.
I have had the best time of my life and truly believe that XC is the best thing I have ever been a part of and the best thing that I have ever done for myself. My wish is that you have a dream and that you are able to make your dreams your reality.