To the Atlantic

IMG_2384Day 27: Metter to Tybee Island GA: 86.9 miles, 15.7 mph, 961 feet of climbing, 5198 calories

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Bull; today it was about the destination. Traffic was heavy as we approached Savannah. So we just pedaled, first to get to a Starbucks, then to the rendezvous, then to the Atlantic. But once you reach the destination, you realize it’s about the people. I was delighted to ride with Bob and Gary today. There were many jokes, hugs, pats on the back. I have been part of an exceptional community.

Ultimately, it is about the process. I have been outside of time. Each day has been a simple matter of pedaling until the job is done. Sometimes it has hurt, sometimes it has been frustrating, sometimes it has stretched my sense of what I could do. In the end, I am left with joy and a deep sense of peace.


And tomorrow life starts anew.


4 thoughts on “To the Atlantic

  1. John what an awesome accomplishment. And how gratifying to realize it all with your comrades-at-pedals! Also what a lucky man you are to have Pia awaiting you at ocean’s edge!


  2. Dear John,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and reflections during your entire tour. I have been following each day. It was a great pleasure. Poetic, humorous, beautiful, informative, inspiring, always worth reading.
    Have a good return home and may the wealth of your impressions enrich the next phase of your life!


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