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Today was the final leg of our 24-day grueling journey along the Pacific Coast. We started the day off in Newport Beach, CA with our crew (plus Tom Dolezel’s friend, Mike) and headed down the PCH to Laguna to meet up with the Oakley posse consisting of Greg Strokes, Tess Weaver, Matt Barber, and Tony Z. Once catching up with them, we all pedaled on to Dana Point to meet Derek Taylor from Powder Magazine. From there our crew was complete, and we motored on towards San Diego, a ride roughly about 90 miles.
Having some new, strong, and less fatigued riders was great and made the riding much easier for the crew that has been on the road for 3-plus weeks. Thanks you guys for “pulling” the crew along and all the support. It was amazing to see the group grow as the ride continued on each day, and having 20-plus individuals for the final day showed what an impact this ride has made in such a short time.
We pedaled on to Encinitas to meet briefly for some coffee and food to fuel the final push to La Jolla and finally, San Diego. Once in San Diego, we were met at the finish line at Mission Beach by Alex Obrien, Ayla McConkey, Jen the “Super Nanny”, Craig Coker, Michael Olenick and many others handing out “high fives” and hugs. The support from all was felt all around. As much as it was amazing to San Diego, it almost felt anticlimactic after all the days on the road. But standing there on the boardwalk along Mission Beach surrounded by friends and family, in the sunset, and watching Sherry and Ayla play on the beach, it all made sense as to why we did this ride.
Thank you everyone that was involved and all the support. None of this would have, or could have happened without you. Riley, Shane and Billy, we all love you and this was for you guys.
As far as all the riders involved, Pep, Dave, Jackie, Jesse, Suz, Cody, Sherry, Tal, Carston, Shane, Ian, Alex, Angeli, Tom, Greg, Tess, Derek, Tony, Matt, Mike, Casey, Katie and everyone else (if I failed to include you, I’m sorry) you guys are amazing and thank you!
Stay tuned for more photos and blogs from the final days and after ride events in San Diego.
An after-ride conclusion party will take place in Salt Lake City later in November. Information for this will be up soon.
AND SHANE…FROM PEP AND I, THIS PHOTO IS FOR YOU….
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