Here is the route for the final day of the 2010 Ride for Mike. Even as I type the words, I am struck with mixed emotions. Part of me is breathing a sigh of relief. All this work is nearing an end! Part of me has a hollow feeling spreading. This adventure into which I have invested so much is about to be over. It is as it should be.
Five days is all that is left before that adventure begins. Five days and I still have a lot of work to do to get ready. Five days and I’d love to see another $1000 come in to help reach the $14,000 goal. Five days and I’ll be on my way to this seventh and final one.
This is my catch all day. We’ll be covering just over 55 miles from Asheboro to Apex, North Carolina. That is half the distance of a majority of the days for this trip. Really, if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m trying to make it to Greenville from Memphis in four days, I could stretch things out a bit more. At least for the last three days I won’t have to drive hard. I can add a few more miles onto this last day if I need to.
We’re talking about a pretty straight shot here folks. Not only is it straight, it is probably the flattest portion of the whole trip as well. I guess we’ll call this our tapering down day.
I’ll be looking forward to getting some rest and reliving the successes we’ll experience along the way. I really am looking forward to those things. I know they’ll come.
It is going to be neat to see how this experience helps the Beautiful Redhead and I to grow as a couple. Sure, in a couple of years we’ll celebrate our 20th year together. We still have a lot to learn about each other and this will give us an opportunity to turn our routine upside down! I’m seeing this as OUR adventure… not just my own.
It is also going to be exciting to see how much money we end up raising for the Michael T. McCaskill Memorial Scholarship Fund. I know that the church where we’ll start the trip as well as the one where we end it are planning to promote the ride and possibly even take up an offering. Add that to what we have raised and other donations that will undoubtedly come in during the ride and… well, we might even reach $20,000!
Finally, it will be exciting to know I’ve accomplished the hardest physical achievement I have ever attempted. It will be not only a victory over the road. It will be a victory over the injuries that made me question if I would even be able to attempt this year’s ride. Really, it was the thought of this ride that gave me the motivation to attack my injuries and not succumb to a pity party. Half way through the ride I will “celebrate” four months since breaking my neck, fracturing my skull, and breaking two of my fingers.
On the other hand, I’ll be glad to not be asking people for money all the time! I’ll be glad to take a break from the bike. It is even going to be nice to take a little break from the blog. Honestly, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed right now. It seems that almost every facet of my life is throwing things into the mix. I’m a juggler with too many props in the air!
I’m ready to get this done!