APRIL 27, 2015
Day 52 – Palatka, FL to Saint Augustine, FL – 43.91 miles – Elevation: +322 / -449 feet
The final day. Fortunately, the route was only about 44 miles and we completed it by lunchtime, even riding at a leisurely pace.
About a mile from the end we stopped, posed for a group picture then rode the final mile in single file to the end. The group was lead by Don, a man who was an inspiration for me every day of the trip. Don finished at the end of the pack almost every day. In fact, most nights I was in bed sleeping before he was able to get a shower.
So what made Don so inspiring? He got up every day and rode the complete route with a prosthetic leg. It was only fitting that the man who finished last so many days got to finish first the last day.
I completed a lifelong dream and it was an incredible journey I will never forget. I hope everyone gets to complete their dream. Thanks to everyone who followed me on my journey and for all of the kind words and encouragement!