miles to go: 0 [YTD: 2,003.85]
finishing the 2,002 in 2,002
december 28, 2002 ~ 11 a.m.
It seems fitting that our ride ended precisely where it began, ten long months ago:
standing in the middle of the abandoned Alameda Navy Base, with the San
Francisco skyline across the bay, serving as backdrop.
seems fitting, also, that the final leg of the 2,002 in 2002 be fraught
with peril: storm clouds brewing overhead, fallen trees blocking the
bike path, a slow leak in my rear tire, muddle puddles deep as Turkish
foot baths. It gave those last twenty-one miles an appealing sense of
urgency and dramatic tension.
Will they make it to
The Hornet before the typhoon hits? Or will we see two lollipop-red
bike helmets, bobbing in the bay?
-- of course -- it seems especially fitting that the first thing we
wanted to do, as soon as we got home from our victory ride this
morning, is to jump online and share the news withyou: all of the loyal
friends and readers and family members who have cheered us on, all year
long. Your support helped turn what started out for me as a sort of
*fantasy goal* -- something I wasn't sure I could actually DO -- into
something solid and achievable. I drew a lot of strength from your
encouragement, your nagging, your advice and your interest, these past
ten months, and I'm very grateful for that.
What can I say? It's been one
helluva ride, gang. Thanks for coming along.
the victory hug
P.S. Actually ... jumping online and sharing the news with you was the
SECOND thing we did when we got home. But you rate a solid #2, OK?
Yes, there will be an entry about the Christmas trip to TicTac. [How
could I NOT write about Christmas with my two husbands ... the World's
Cutest Nephew getting his finger stuck in a gingerbread house ... Crazy
Nutjob Airport Guy ... and all of the other exciting adventures we had
this past week?] Check back soon.
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