Day One

Last night I had a fantastic nights sleep thanks to my tent mate not being here and doubling up on air up mats and sleeping bags!! Woot woot!!

This morning, I was shocked to hear the music pumping at 5:30am. But I reluctantly woke up and and head to the tent to have a great breakfast. Once we got started, we had a slow first 12 or so miles between traffic of other bike riders and slow riding due to the rain. 

Speaking of rain, there was an unbelievable amount of rain from the moment we started riding until the last rider crossed the finish line, ranging from light drizzle to torrential downpour.

We had a fantastic lunch including the most delectable Mac and cheese I have ever tasted, but maybe that is just because I had worked up quite an appetite by lunch. 

Amazingly, the year I managed to stay on the bike for every single mile and didn’t walk up one hill woo hoooooo!!!!

I was blessed to be able to finish strong and then stay at the finish line to watch 8 or so of my teammates cross the finish line until I finally went to shower up but quickly went back to the finish line to stay until the last rider crossed the finish line. This being my 4th tour, I have stayed at the finish line until the end EVERY SINGLE DAY and there is no place on earth that I would rather be. 

Today at the finish line,my fellow rx’ers and I shed some tears and loving conversation about what we are going to miss.

I can’t believe this is our last tour. If anyone wants to adopt me so that I can ride with them next year, just let me know!


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