Well, the true end to the journey arrived today.
Sallie and I were able to visit my dad’s final resting spot in Arlington National Cemetery at the columbarium. This moment has been long awaited by me, especially since the beginning of the bike ride. It was my first trip back to Arlington since the funeral, over two years ago, and truthfully, I’ve been a little nervous about returning.
Sallie- I can’t thank you enough for making the trip to DC with me. It meant the world having you come to Arlington and be there for a hard moment for me. Love you, mean it.
Mom- Ill never be able to thank you enough for the unending support you’ve shown to me. I appreciate you flying up to Arlington—more than you know.
Everything has been feeling pretty surreal lately–being finished with all of the riding, wrapping my mind around the fact that we received SO much support and raised over $23,000 for MS, and realizing that normal daily life routine is about to set in/I won’t be with my best friend every single day….
But, today–it all set in. It became real. Visiting my dad really gave me closure to the trip. He is the whole reason I began the ride; it ended up being so much more than I could have ever imagined. I really believe my dad gave me the strength to accomplish this task that I doubted, many times, that I could complete.
The small flag I left at my dad’s grave made it the whole 3,000 miles across the country—attached with duct tape to the back of my bike. It’s been through a lot. Also, we left 2 red roses–dad’s favorite!
My effort to fight to find a cure for MS won’t stop here—it is still so important to get the awareness out there so we can find a cure to this awful disease.
One last time—thanks to each and everyone of you for support and encouragement throughout this adventure. Thank you for reading the blog, donating to MS, donating to our expenses, praying for our safe travels—if you are reading this, you have had a positive impact on our team in some way!
We are living proof that you truly can do anything you put your mind to—-go out there, do it!
You only live once. Make it count. ;)