Congratulation to Rich & Peter for completing the TransAm. I enjoyed the 52 days & six states pedaling along this route and would have loved to have been with them this year as a finisher. I can at least say that I ended up in a better place than the Tour de France rider this year who did not finish because he was catapulted into a barbed wire fence @ 25 mph after an idiot driver in TV car veered into the peleton causing a massive pileup. Ouch!
I join Rich’s comments about the people we met. There is no way to try to do a wrap up would make sure to include the generous angel of Afton, VA, June Curry, but also the strange clerk @ Master Bait & Tackle with no water for bikers “because it comes from a well”.
We were both very pleased & surprised by how many folks helped us in ways large and small. In particular I was amazed by how considerate the drivers, particularly the truck drivers, were in giving us plenty of room while passing.
Finally, I wanted to give one more toast to a pair of the most determined riders we met (see photo) Spence & Natasha & their very vocal dog Sebastian. They survived a broken axle & terrible weather including a time when they pushed their bike for 10 miles in the heat until a driver in a pickup gave them a lift. They never complained and were as hardy as anyone else we met on this trip.
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