Friday, May 7, 2010

Palatka to St. Augustine, FL (47 miles) Thursday, April 29, 2010

This was our last day on our 58 day ride from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, Fl. The ride this day was short, and the ride was beautiful!
At the first sag stop, Lynn unveiled the new outfit for "Baby Tennessee," a mascot she picked up along the ride. Lynn and Karen Carlson created a WomanTours outfit for the occasion.
At mile 40, we all congregated at the St. Augustine Fire Department so we could ride the last 6 miles together to the Anastasia Park Beach. Even our two leaders, Carol Wilder and Linda Baldwin rode.
We were escorted to the beach by three squad cars and a motorcycle unit.

We entered the Park with the squad cars sounding their sirens and flashing their lights! There were many friends and family waiting for us with signs and cheers! video
We made our way to the beach to dip our front tires in the Atlantic!
There was a picnic for friends, family and the riders where we were able to meet and celebrate our accomplishment!
Frankie, Barbara and I presented Pam Harrison with an E.F.I. award of a Southern Tier jersey. Pam was the only one who rode Every F*** Inch of the ride!
That evening we had our Last Supper. It was the last day we would all be together.
 
Then added, “cept for the gusting winds, rude drivers, and chip seal!”



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It is hard to put into words the impact of this ride on all of us. We made wonderful friends, and accomplished many personal bests.  We have increased our self-confidence and changed our priorities. Thank you to Carol and Linda for guiding us through it all, providing encouragement and advice throughout. Thank you Jackie, Jennifer, and the rest of the staff at WomanTours for setting up a well-organized ride. We are looking forward to another tour with WomanTours for a reunion! 
This has been a life-changing experience! 


Rita
April 29th, 2010






High Springs to Palatka, Florida (73 miles) Tuesday, April 27j, 2010

This day was the day of "last times."  We rode our last ride in the 70-mile range.  After today we will see no more logging trucks as they rush past us.



Frankie Allen joined us in our ride today, claiming that she was not sure she could "keep up" with us!  Ha!  She could have been in front pulling US!




Right before we arrived at the Best Western in Palatka, FL we rode over our last high bridge.  For the past two weeks, the only "terrain features" we had were the high bridges!

We had our last dinner prepared by our chef extraordinaire, Linda.  We all are going to miss those!



Carol held our last map meeting.  It was the last set of maps in the box!  
We all had mixed feelings about all these "lasts."



We spent our last evening taking photos of the groups.