Last night was the farewell dinner for the riders and staff, hosted by CrossRoads at the Holiday Inn. Tracy gave out certificates to the riders who then spoke eloquently about their experiences. Once again, CrossRoads Cycling Adventures did a great job and this rides' staff (Tom, Mac, Robin, and Carol) were fantastic. Larry was awarded the route map - well done and welcome to Team Big Dog.
I'm off to the Daytona Beach airport for my flights back to California; the riding is done.
21 Days of riding; 3 rest days.
1,628 miles; 94:42 hours; 30,701' climb; 89,406 Calories.
Bonus miles: 84.6 miles (South Portland and Ocracoke Island).
Six DQ chocolate milk shakes.
The late, comedian George Carlin had a famous routine called, "Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on Television." As I rode down the east coast, I thought about the "dirty words you can never say on a bike tour:"
9. Head wind
8. Chip seal
7. Interstate (on this ride SR 17A)
5. Detour (aka bonus miles)
3. Buffet or continental breakfast
2. Rumble strips
1. Fl*t (Jack had eleven fl*ts; the last one as he rolled into the hotel in Daytona.)