#12, finished, 6:55pm, January 1st, 2009!!!
The usual ride report is coming, and there is lots to tell - but I'm tired. REALLY tired, and cold.
First, and most importantly, I want to thank:
My wife and kids, for being supportive, patient, and allowing me to miss one weekend day a month to do this crazy bicycle thing. I love you all very much, and this isn't worth doing without having you to share it with.
God: for the gift of a strong tailwind on the return, the strength and health to do what I love, and the most amazing sunset I've ever seen from the saddle.
Everyone that rode with me on this epic personal quest: Del, Noah, Jason, & Spencer, and the many others that attended the August RUSA 10th Anniversary ride which was part of this journey.
The Warbird. Without you having talked me into trying that first 200K brevet back in 2002, I would not be here. You handed me a key that unlocked things I didn't know I had in me.
Casey's General Stores. Thank GAWD for you guys. Hot pizza on a cold day.
Speaking of which... time for post-ride food, and sleep.
More to come in a few days....