Sunday after the big finale we enjoyed a beautiful day of sightseeing in San Francisco. We had a delicious brunch with my friend Diga and wandered around her neighborhood, which is adjacent to the Presidio, the dramatic Palace of Fine Arts, and the bay. The notorious San Francisco fog was nestled in around the Golden Gate Bridge, and we were grateful for the clear weather that graced our trip over the bridge. We continued our eating tour of San Francisco with Matt and Brian, our bike-shuttling heroes of the previous evening, at a Burmese restaurant called Mandalay. Brian ordered up a delicious variety of dishes for us to sample family style around the table. Thanks to Matt and Brian for showing us some of the highlights of San Francisco, inviting us for a terrific lunch and again for shuttling us over the GGB to Sausalito (and our bikes back!).
|Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco|
|Not much of a view from the bridge today...|
Monday morning Jeanie and Steve got an early start to whisk Darlene off to the airport for her flight home. Even in my pre-dawn haze I was sad to bid farewell to our most dedicated and outgoing of honorary team members. Between her guest appearance for 10 days in Georgia and her week with us in California, Darlene had truly inspired us with her enthusiasm for cycling and for life, and with her carpe diem decisions to twice take a break from her busy life as a business owner, mom, and wife to join us. The consolation of saying goodbye to Darlene is knowing that we'll surely see her again sometime soon - probably on our next tour! We love you Pink!
Jane and Jeanie spent late morning on Monday at the exercise physiology lab at San Francisco State University, getting post-ride testing done to compare to our pre-trip VO2 max and body comp data. Jane will be using the data for her trip analysis and summary report for her Master's of Public Health program back in DC. Jeanie's results from the post-trip testing were a bit ambiguous (showing no change in fitness but possibly skewed by sleep deprivation for the pre-dawn airport trip), but Jane's results were very impressive, with a big jump in VO2 max on the bicycle ergometer. I think it's safe to conclude that biking across the country is good for you!
Monday afternoon Jeanie, Chelsea, and Steph packed up for the road trip back east. First stop: Sacramento for a short presentation at the California Safe Routes to School Forum at the state Department of Public Health. It was a great coincidence that the Forum was happening on that day, and that we were able to coordinate with Victoria Custodio, Project Coordinator at the Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center, to be surprise guests at the end of the Forum. Even more exciting, our presentation followed the keynote address by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Founder and Executive Director, Deb Hubsmith, and we arrived at the Forum just in time to hear her talk. After volunteering and fundraising for SRTSNP for three months it was an exciting and appropriate end to the trip to hear Deb's presentation and meet her, and then to give our own trip summary presentation to a room full of hard-working SRTS champions. Thank you to Victoria for inviting us to the Forum, and to all of the California SRTS coordinators for the warm reception and for the great work that you do!
We were also very appreciative to have some one-on-one time with Deb after the Forum. Our timing worked out to have dinner together to learn more about the work of the SRTSNP and share more stories from our trip. Thanks Deb for a terrific dinner!
|California SRTS Forum Keynote - Deb Hubsmith, SRTS National Partnership Executive Director|
|RASR in front of the Capitol with Lisa Cirill, Chief of CA Active Communities, Deb Hubsmith, and Dawn Foster, Caltrans SRTS Program Coordinator|
|RASR with Victoria Custodio|
|Back on the road|
|Chels and B-Wiz|
|Can't stop the ice cream addiction - at Big Dipper in Missoula|
|Headed back across the Plains|
To our dedicated readers: thank you for following us on this journey and stay tuned! There will be more to come. Wrapping up. More travels. Heading back to school. Graduation. New jobs. And planning for another tour!