The last day …. May 2 seems to have come very quickly. As Bubba promised we are going to finish today.
RO and I get an early start for us, out before 8 AM, but last as always. I ride slow today no hurry to finish … I lag behind RO … Not sure quite how I feel, no sense of accomplishment yet, that will come, but feeling a sense of loss and ending.
We stop for a coffee in St. Augustine and I am feeling great now. I am on familiar turf, I have been to this Starbucks several times before. It is a nice place to sit in the shade and relax with an iced Chai latte and watch people. Only 40 miles so far but we are about an hour early so have plenty of time before lunch. I talk to Bennett, my long time touring companion on the phone. He is already in St. Augustine waiting to meet us for lunch. He drove down from Quitman, GA this morning and is at the hotel on St. Augustine Beach.
RO and Bennett are both RF Engineers, strange. RO is our pure engineer and ham, Bennett is RF EE and artist. I’m the EE and computer guy … But we three talk the same language and cling to trying to understand and explain everything. Down Hill Bob was our great drinking companion because as an ME his mind works the same way. We drive everyone else crazy.
Strange I’ve never been to St. Augustine Beach before … I’ve driven, motorcycles, and bicycled very close to but have never gone to the beach.
We gather at the McDonald’s for a group picture.
Bubba and Dawn leads us to St. Augustine Beach where we dip our front wheel in the ocean. we dipped the rear wheel in San Diego so we dip the front wheel at St. Augustine.
We have a final dinner together that night and say our goodbyes. Back to our real lives tonight for some and tomorrow for the rest of us. I am very pleased that Bennett came down to meet me.
Before dinner I ride down to A1A Bicycle. They will be shipping my Surly LHT back to New Hampshire. They make it very easy, thanks so much guys.
Bennett drives me to Jacksonville the next day and I fly home. I know I have accomplished something but need some time to gain perspective.
Jeanne meets me at the airport in Boston that night … We have missed each other so much.