January 1, 2009

The sweet taste of twelve

#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....


Darius said...

I think this is an amazing accomplishment. While a century is a challenge for some, and a single 200k ride might be a real challenge for others.... to do them, repeatedly, for 12 months in a row is truly a testament to will power, determination and stamina. My helmets off to you.

Chris said...

Pretty amazing man! I was thinking about you today as we rode and hoped the gods of the winds were kind to you. Glad you made your goal.

O. T. said...

Welcome to the club. Tougher than the series in my opinion.....congrats.


Jason said...

Way to go!!! Very impressive! Can't wait to read about #12!! Congrats! :)

Warren T said...

Very, very cool. Congratulation!

Randy Rasa said...

This is really cool. Looking forward to the full report. Great accomplishment -- congrats!

Anonymous said...

Omedetou gozaimasu!

super huge congrats man. always knew you had it in you ;)

myself, i can't think of a better way to start off the year.