Take our last two days for example. The morning of our departure from Memphis we had to sadly say goodbye to our guest riders Richard and Katie Palmer. We wish they could have stayed longer - they were so easygoing and gave us some incredible support in the two days they were with us! Plus they restocked our cache of snacks in a big way - huge thanks to Marti for doing the shopping! The hardest goodbye for Steph was with her baby, Autumn.
|Thanks Richard and Katie Palmer for everything!|
|Flying square formation|
|White hot warriors - the camera can't even handle us|
|RASR was here|
|MAJOR landmark, check|
|Leaving Memphis (literally) in our dust|
|Off-roading across America|
|Very dramatic fall #4|
|oh, the flatness|
|Awesome biking ladies of Jonesboro|
|Talented Taylor, lead marketer for Gearhead|
|Thanks Jason and Troy!|
|Safe Route to School wanted here!|
|Mayor Hays, Bernadette, RASR, and vegetables|
Having old friends host us in their homes and meeting generous new ones; as Stephanie affirmed these are really the most meaningful moments for us at the end of long days on the road. Our "epic" days would feel like just another day on the road without the warm energy we receive in each place we stop. And incredibly, every one that we meet, whether avid riders or not, connect with our mission to make roads safer and encourage more people to bicycle. For me, sharing my passion for bicycling through these personal connections is the true purpose of this whole trip. If by sharing our experience we can encourage a few more people to get out and ride, or add a little extra motivation to a community that is already working hard to be more bike-friendly, or get a few more non-riders to be more considerate of the bikes on the road when they get in their cars, then we have been successful. Arriving in San Francisco will just be kind of a bonus.
A BIG thank you again to everyone that have supported us so far and allowed us to share our experience and enthusiasm for bicycling in your home or community. As I've become fond of saying - bike more!