Today was the day everyone was waiting for, looking forward to, and dreading. Arrival day is the definition of bitter sweet. Knowing that its over is both sad and exciting. Sad because you have to say goodbye, you won't be waking up with your boys, and the memories are about to end. But exciting because this is tally. Exciting because you get to say you finished, hold your bike above your head, see your family cheering, and having the pride within yourself.
For myself the day was crazy. Wake up was busier than usual because we had a lot to pack, throw out and get ready to finish. We sent the boys off and they looked good and excited. I drove to tally and was overwhelmed with memories from riding the same route last year. It was riddled with rolling hills but the boys did well and overcame. I met them all at stage up and got them ready with the police escort.
I got to lead the arrival in the van and I could not be more proud. I led them again to the steps and got to speak on the teams behalf. It was a surreal moment and I'm pretty sure I repeated myself a few times...
After that, we took a bunch of pictures and headed to the hotel. We got our rooms, packed up the bikes and got ready for the banquet. That was fun with good food, funny introductions, proud moments, Wiles getting the Bruce Rogers award, and an amazing sideshow. After that the team went out and celebrated and said our goodbyes.
-Its good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end-
[Written by Sam Reihs: Project Manager]
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