So, here I am on our last rest day, hard to believe. Before my musings begin, one last reminder that if you want to contribute to either The Bass Foundation, or City-Meals on Wheels, my ride is almost over, so please donate, thanks.
Emma and I did some touristy stuff, what else, in Niagara Falls today. Last night we asked the hotel concierge about “The Maid of the Mist”, he said, “the best 15 minutes of your life”, and “you are going to get wet”, when we asked whether or not they gave us ponchos, he said yes, “but it is like using a screen door on a submarine.”, wonder how many times he has used that line. Well he was half right, it was great fun, not THE best 15 minutes of our lives, and we did get WET, like being in the Splash Zone at Sea World. The boats go right up to both Falls, and just kind of sit there. It felt like the end of “A Perfect Storm” with that wall of water coming at them, except we were safe. Then we walked all over the American side, after having walked to the Canadian side last night. We had a great day, and it was wonderful of Emma to come visit me. She flies out tonight to NYC to go to work tomorrow morning, Great spending time with her. She is a Great Person, I Love Her.
Back to ride stuff. Hard to imagine that we have ridden over 3,100 miles in the 6 weeks since we left the Pacific Coast. When I think back to that day, which seems like a REALLY LONG TIME ago, I am amazed at how much physical and emotional energy the group possessed at that time. I am reading a novel, on a kindle no less, called “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. A wonderful book where the narrator is the wise and wonderful family dog. One of the recurring themes is “that which we manifest is before us”. That sums up this ride perfectly as the ability to get up and ride almost every day, for anywhere from 5 to 9 hours, has taken that ability to visualize this trip in it’s totality, and deal with the inevitable pains, both physical and psychic, that we have all experienced along the way. The leaders have done their part by ALWAYS focusing on the positive, and thereby helping us all stay on track. The week ahead looks to have more cool weather, INCREDIBLE, a few days through New York that will be relatively flat, then the LAST 3 days of MOUNTAINS through Vermont and New Hampshire before seeing the Atlantic. My adrenaline gets going just writing about it.