We received a police escort from the Burne police department over the Bourne bridge. Patrolman Wallace J. Perry made it possible to ride over the bridge on the road, in grand style. Rolling over the top and down to the rotary on Cape Cod was such a welcome sight. We were home again after 7 weeks (5 weeks of riding). There were several bicycle riders (friends and family) waiting for us and we rode the 11 miles together to Old Silver Beach. This was one of the most beautiful parts of the entire ride. The warm weather, springtime flowers, water views along Shore road, seeing friends along the way, and the group of riders all made this a very special 11 miles.
Arriving at Old Silver Beach was awesome, there were at least 75 cheering friends and family there as I rode down the final hill of this cross country journey. I've never felt more welcome. Lots of hugs and congratulations from all. Then I removed my bike shoes for the last time, welcomed the feeling of the warm Cape Cod sand between my toes, carried my bike to the water's edge and dipped the front wheel in the Atlantic (Buzzards Bay) while listening to the cheering crowd. This officially completed the adventure.
Arlyn White, Steve Sookikian, and Liz Strawn from the New England Chapter of the MS Society came to Old Silver beach to support me as well. Here's a link to their MS Society Facebook post with some great photos. Thank you for your support!
This as been an awesome journey. It was extremely challenging, difficult, fun, and a rewarding experience, which we will cherish for all time.
Thanks to my loving Claire, who has been incredible with her unending work and support, I could not have completed this ride without her, and I can't think of a better person to have by my side for this Journey and forever, Also a special thanks to Mark Slomba, the "Ride Commissioner" who provided daily consultations, rulings, and offered many suggestions to problems encountered. Also many thank to my family and friends who remained in touch with words for support, visits, and hospitality along the way. You made this trip much more enjoyable, and provided much needed encouragement when the chips were down. Thank you! thank you!
I will be updating this blog with additional pictures, videos and information as it arrives. Donations in support of this ride to cure MS may be made at the link to the right.
I leave you with this quote from Ghandhi:
"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it,
even if I may not have it in the beginning"
|Claire and Dave Arriving on the Cape|