We conquered the Monster! If you have not heard we arrived safe and sound at Fenway Park this afternoon. It is an incredible feeling to finish. I’m happy, relieved, in disbelief and exhausted. Thank you all for your support and encouragement along the way. I will have another blog tomorrow to recap the day and share some of the experience from our day and reception.
Our last day’s ride into Boston was a great one. Not so much that it was the postcard picturesque cycling adventure most would expect riding in New England. But knowing that we traveled by bicycle so far; In anticipation of reaching our goal and accomplishing Ignite the Spirit and the 41&9 Foundation’s mission was close at hand.
“Even the downhills are uphill”. That was the running joke throughout the last few days as we crossed the Berkshire’s and Appalachian foothills. For sea level folks like us whom rarely see a hill outside of the freeway overpass, climbing here was something that deserved respect and a considerable amount of training to overcome. I think I can speak for all, that the climbs were the most challenging aspect of this ride outside of the overall daily distance. My legs are tired and will need a week of rest before resuming rides again. Hats off to all riders who made it up and over those hills. I know everyone had to dig really deep physically and emotionally to break personal boundaries and push their limits.
The route today continued on Rt20 until Boston city limits. Firefighter and Police escorts began about twenty miles out. So we made good time forgoing traffic lights and stops. One big stop was at Charlton firehouse whom prepared a wonderful lunch for us. Jim Boyle and his wife Chris helped arrange this reception. College of the Holy Cross made a gracious donation to the foundation as well. Following that we continued eastward traveling through the NewYork’s western suburbs until we reached firehouse 41 in Boston’s Cambridge district. From there we went by escort to Fenway Stadium and reception at the bleachers. We walked to the top of the Green Monster Wall for pictures and took some time to take in the sites of the field.
Thank you everyone whom gave me the opportunity and support to participate in this ride. It was much more of a challenge than I could have ever imagined. I really enjoyed the friendships we made, all families and people involve. The success of our combined efforts for the foundation are deeply gratifying.