After 25 days, 650+ miles, $6,000 in donations, 5 pairs of sunglasses (yes, it ended up being five...), poison oak, ticks, many roads, three sets of bearings, three sets of shoes, and so many wonderful people we met...the trip is done and over, and those kids are getting their tutor!!!
I have to say that after the very first day, , I wasn't sure this could be done. To be honest I didn't even know if I still wanted to do it. When we slowed down our pace in order to survive, I thought Los Angeles would be the furthest we get. Thankfully, we acclimated to the strains of the trip, we got stronger, and we got faster, and we remembered why we were doing this crazy thing. We had four days where family or friends took our pack and we were able to go twice as fast. With all of this, miraculously, we made it!
I don't know what I'm happier about. That we made it without getting hit by a car, or that I didn't get any ticks.
Well the trip ended and Kenton and I took our first real moments to relax. One thing we had made a habit of on the trip was to take pictures by signs with city names on them. Our dream was to take one by the San Diego sign. We rode and rode and rode, but there is no sign on the coastal highway. My mom and little sister came to pick us up and they said they had seen one on the freeway, but Kenton and I weren't allowed there. Eventually one was located in the city, and we got our picture.
|When we finished we wanted to go to the beach...where we collapsed and fell asleep, and|
dreamed of more adventures! We look like we just washed up to shore.
|We luckily had enough energy to get up and enjoy the waves. That is me, Kenton and Sydney out there.|
|Mom made sure we were well fed. See the look of pure joy on Kenton's face|
as he carries out a pizza that was almost too big to fit in the car!
|Me happy as can be at the happiest place on Earth!!!|