December 28, 2002

miles to go: 0 [YTD: 2,003.85]

we did it!
secra finishing the 2,002 in 2,002
alameda, california
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.

It 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?

And -- 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.

now we're going to take up skydiving!
secra & Ю僱êrvØ¡: 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?

P.P.S. 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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