|Breakfast at 7am|
|Jerseys all laundered and ready!|
|Getting "GU'd" up.|
|Sue (Roger's sister) and Frank getting to know the cyclists.|
|Chip and Tanya - Thanks for your help!|
|Thanks for all your help too, Roger!|
|Randy getting his pillow all set so he can sleep on the ride.|
|Finally the rain stopped.|
|Bridge in downtown Jacksonville.|
As we got into downtown Jacksonville, the rain subsided and the sky cleared up. The head wind remained strong, but they kept pushing through it all.
|Jon leading the pack with Roger's front wheel.|
|Steve close behind.|
You could feel Roger's energy in the riders as they finished this emotional journey and finally help us finish Roger's Cross Country Ride.
The rest of the family were waiting to welcome the cyclists at the end of the ride. It was a very emotional ending to the the 3 1/2 day journey, for everyone.
Bob Graves provided the closing remarks of inspiration and talked about Roger's mission statement - 1 John 3:17.
Vicki also shared some thoughts she had about how inspiring and meaningful this ride was to her and Roger. It was comforting to be at the end of the ride with the Grooters/Schurke family members and all the cyclists who took the time and effort to help us finish Roger's Ride and help us build awareness for sharing the road with cyclists and paying attention while driving.
Vicki led the whole group down to the beach for the official tire dipping ceremony. Another emotional moment to bring finality to the ride. Meri and Bob Wilson also dipped their tires.
This was a huge accomplishment for everyone who rode the 300 miles! We laughed, cried, celebrated, hugged and several dove into the heavy waves of the Atlantic ocean.
The riders all showered and we ended the day and the journey with a delicious lunch with the help of Sue (Roger's sister) and Frank Flanagan and Josh (Roger's Son) and Stacia.. Then back in the "short" bus, cars, and trucks with trailer for the long drive home.
|Ready for the long ride home!|
Here is a link to a story about the ride from the Jacksonville news:
Day three: Cloudy and a torrential rain storm for about 1/2 hour.
Distance: 30 miles
Speed: 18-20 miles per hour, final average 17.9