Thursday, May 29, 2008
Let my eyes see the grace...
The ride in to St Augustine on Sunday May 25th was perfect! It was sunny and warm -- it felt welcoming--and I could smell the sea. I was so happy -so sad -- I was thinking how proud I felt --and I was thinking I never thought this would be a gift I would ever have to give to one of my children. In the end I believe that it was all as it was supposed to be....every part...I was surrounded by loving friends, and they helped me with Ty's ashes--and helped me celebrate later. We had a wonderful dinner that night -and drinks -and so much laughter. All the gang was at the table in our best baggy mis-matched wrinkled clothing that somehow made it across the country! There were awards, poems, toasts, a great meal-- and everyone was in high spirits!
The goodbyes the next day were tough --though some of us will ride again together. My sister Joan drove up from Port St Lucie to pick me up ,and when she got out of the car she had a Curves t-shirt on that said "Dee Across America" -- I was so happy to see her, and she was able to meet Shirl, Nick, and Mattie. Thanks for waiting with me there guys --
I had a great time with Joan the next day --she took me to get an outfit (that fit) to wear home and we dropped off my bike to be shipped from a bike shop in Florida to a Pgh shop. Mostly we laid in the sun-- and floated in the water and talked and talked. At one point I fell asleep --which seemed crazy because at moments I felt restless --like I should be riding....or something.
Rob, Kali and Jamie came to pick me up at the airport and it was wonderful...I saw them first... so I had that split second to watch them --and let my eyes see the Grace.
For all of your love and support and prayers ...and your believing that I could do it...I thank you. And to my fellow riders --you are the best! Much love, Dee