On July 4th, 2016, the ten riders made it to New York. It’s now almost a month later, and to be honest, I still don’t know how to process this trip. Today is the first day I have sat down and gave myself time to think about the journey (and look at the 4,000+ photos of this trip).
Once we made it to NY, we were thrown into craziness. At the finish line many of our parents were waiting for us. I was lucky to have both my parents there, along with my sister and her boyfriend James. Also, Bob McCarick with Pacific States, the company that donated our van, was waiting for us as well! That night he threw us a huge party at Ravel Rooftop Bar in New York.
We visited the charity:water headquarters on the 5th, and were affirmed that we made the right decision to partner with them.
On the morning of the 7th, the girls team headed to DC in order to meet with congressman Eric Swalwell and share about the ride.
I then visited my dear friends Audrey and Nic in Virginia and Princeton.
On the 12th, Soph, Katie, and I began our road trip home, venturing up to Maine to ride at Acadia National Park, Montreal, Madison, Glacier National Park, and Banff National Park. I made it back to Nor Cal on the 24, and then headed up to Lake Oroville on the 26.
So, after to 73 days on the road (1/5 of a year!!!), I am beginning the post-journey reflection process. Maybe I will post more about this later. But, what I can say, is that I am still learning everyday the ways I have grown on this trip. This learning comes from the questions people have asked me, the ways I find myself approaching different situations, the way I am approaching my future and the current job search, and many other things. What I can say with certainty is that it is the people I have met on or through this trip that come to my mind more than any beautiful view or place when I think about this trip.
But, sadly, I don’t know how to express that fully. I find myself deflecting when people ask me “How was the trip?” and I simply say “Beautiful.” The words aren’t there yet to ADEQUATELY express what has been experienced. I don’t know if those words will ever be there.
So, for now, here are some pictures of arriving to New York and the road trip back!