Day 1 (May 29th 2016) Yorktown – Jamestown, VA 44 miles

 

Day one is in the books! Today we went from Williamsburg east to the official start of the trail, Yorktown, and headed back west to Jamestown. In total, it was a little over 40 miles. A nice easy start to the beginning of the trip. There were some rolling hills that weren’t the worst and it rained intermittently throughout the day, adding a refreshing element to the ride.

My parents met us in Yorktown with Addie, where I had to say goodbye. It may have been a tearful goodbye, but it was raining, so the world
may never know.

The strange coincidence of the day was receiving a text from my high school friend, Val, stating that she had seen me riding. She is visiting Williamsburg for the weekend. What’re the chances?!

Camp is all set up, I’m showered, and waiting for dinner (veggie chicken pasta). Tomorrow is calling for rain, but fingers crossed they’re wrong!

Distance: 43.64 miles
Time on bike: 2 hours 33 min
Avg speed: 12.3 MPH
max speed: 26.4 MPH
Sheena’s corner: I can’t believe I’m missing Game of Thrones tonight. And there is a bug flying around me for like 15 minutes. I don’t know where it is *Sheena has been getting attacked by bugs all night*

12 hour countdown! (May 28, 2016)

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The time has come! Tomorrow morning is the start of our 76 day ride. The months of preparation and endless anxiety have finally given way to the adventure of a lifetime. We had orientation today, where we met our fellow cyclists and leaders. Everyone is awesome and we’re all pumped to achieve the final goal together. We went over day to day life on the bike, cooking groups, and reading maps.

I had to say goodbye to Addie today, however, luckily for me, she will see me tomorrow morning in Yorktown before the official start. That is surely when the tears will start flowing.

Sheena’s corner: I got stuck with the frying pan 😡

Final countdown (May 25, 2016)

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In less than 4 days I’ll be on my bike, pedaling for the first day, probably questioning why the heck am I going to be putting myself through this misery for 80 more days?! And I can’t wait. I have been preparing for this ride since last year, gathering equipment and trying to get in rides when I can. Though it has been a long journey from then until now, the time flew by. Now that the ride is a mere couple of days away, I feel unprepared and nervous. Hopefully that goes away soon enough!

I decided to do this ride to push myself to the ultimate limit, mentally and physically. Plus, I want to see the country from the saddle of a bike. I want to experience the sights, sounds, and smells as well as the culture of this country in the most intimate of ways – on a bike. Sure I’m gonna have to rough it for a few weeks, but it builds character!

I am doing this trip with a group of around 14 people, of whom I only know one. Sheena is a close friend I was fortunate enough to have met in college. She is just as crazy as me for agreeing to do this trip, ha! I left my job as a physical therapist early May to prepare, though I have mainly used the extra time as an excuse to hang out with my dog, Addie. She is the love of my life and I have no doubt I will cry multiple times throughout this trip from missing her so much.

My parents have been a huge support system in this whole process. My dad has helped tremendously through the whole process, providing me with advice and encouragement. I am truly blessed to have such supportive people in my life.