This is it! It is 10:30pm on Thursday evening, and I’m sitting in a dark room with my teammates, as most are getting ready for bed. We have a 5:15 wake up time for the morning so that we’re not rushed to pack up our stuff in the van, eat breakfast, and do some final bike maintenance before we head out to the beach to dip our back tire in the Atlantic Ocean at around 7:00am. We have 66 miles to ride to our first destination of Swanquarter, NC.
These past two days have been full of ice-breakers, safety info, health and hygiene talks, bike maintenance talks, etc. What’s funny is that even though these two days have gone by SO fast, it’s hard to believe that I’ve only known these people since yesterday. This is a photo of half the team getting ready to spend our first night (Wed night) on Thermarests and in sleeping bags.
I love the way our bikes look when they’re all stacked up together!!
Today, a very sweet older man (now our designated Grandpa) named Jack led our huge group of about 30 riders on a “Shakedown Ride” of about 23 miles to the Bodie Island lighthouse. Jack is 73 years old and rides with a group of older men and women (whose youngest member is 58) and they call themselves the Silver Riders. We practiced taking group photos in front of landmarks…
I am SO pumped for tomorrow, but so incredibly nervous. I don’t think I’ve been truly able to wrap my head around what we’re committing to. What I do know is that my teammates are AWESOME and HILARIOUS and there are so many great memories to be made!!!! May 17th is the day I’ve been looking forward to since December, and it’s TOMORROW!!! We’re comin’ for ya, San Diego!