Friday, August 11, 2006

Day 79: 14 miles, Aug 5



These 14 miles were the slowest and the fastest of the whole trip. Because the end was so near, they seemed to go on forever, but when I finally reached victory monument in Yorktown, I found myself wishing there were more miles to do.

It was a beautiful way to end. The weather was certainly warm, but the extreme heat had abated a little. The Colonial Parkway, which covers most of the ride between Williamsburg and Yorktown, is about as scenic as it gets. And, as I entered Yorktown, it dawned on me how well Adventure Cycling has planned this route. Here, at the end, was the place that the British navy surrendered to the combined naval forces of the American colonies and France. I had, in effect, just traveled backwards through my country’s history. Wonderful!

Just as the last 14 miles were a dichotomy of speed, so have these four days since the end of the ride been an oxymoron of time. Day 79 feels like last year, yet I cannot bring myself to empty my handlebar bag. That bag was all I needed to contain my important daily items for 80 days (wallet, snacks, pellet gun), and now I have to think about deck furniture?! Whatever objections my adventurous spirit may raise, however, my life inexorably returns to its former state of complexity, but I know that, as the months pass, I’ll continue to long very much for that simple way of things where all I had to do was eat, sleep, and ride.

9 Comments:

Blogger caro.d said...

Congratulations! I can't believe it's over. I have LOVED reading about your adventure! It makes me so happy to know there are folks out there that still do stuff like your trip. Im glad you have made it safe and sound. If you are ever back up in the NYC area, give us a ring! We're back up here in Danbury. Much love,
Carrie & Adam D.

12:58 PM  
Blogger CanukDawg said...

Congrats! You did it! Thanks for letting us tag along on your adventure. I have a friend that just left for Paris for 2 months. Perhaps her blog will help the fill the void of the loss of yours.
Best Wishes,
Jennifer

9:34 PM  
Blogger K-Dog said...

You and your dad look great! Congratulations, Ollie, I knew you could do it!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Matty B said...

Congratulations Buddy!!!
I, too, regret your finishing your ride. Your blog has been a daily (or weekly) event that has help propel me through the humdrum day-to-day grind in a sterile, air conditioned cube on the 28th floor of an office building in downtown Chicago. Please know and remember that your adventure has been successfully shared by me and so many others. Thank you for your very Bill Bryson-esque account. It will be truly missed. I can’t wait for your next adventure. I hope to visit you, JK, Jeremy, Gretch, and the gang very soon!
Cheers Friend!

10:46 AM  
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10:47 AM  
Blogger Upstate Bosox Babe said...

Well done, Oliver! Now hop on that bike, and come up to Rochester where we'll regale you with fine wine and good conversation. Thank-you for sharing your adventures with us. We love you and miss you.

Julia, Peter, Molly & Maggie

6:04 PM  
Blogger Upstate Bosox Babe said...

Well done, Oliver! Now hop on that bike, and come up to Rochester where we'll regale you with fine wine and good conversation. Thank-you for sharing your adventures with us. We love you and miss you.

Julia, Peter, Molly & Maggie

6:05 PM  
Blogger JohnnyGunn said...

Howdy -

Hope this gets thru as I am having trouble getting an account set up.

Really enjoyed the account of your trip. I happen to be a classical pianist who bike tours a lot. And I have a streak of cynicism that really gets going when I see ghastly uses of the English language - especially on big signs. I just loved the story about the kitten. You is da man!

Anyhow, I've got a couple of journals up at crazyguyonabike.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=lt&doc_id=1168&v=2lc

Best - John E.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Devin said...

Hey Oliver! Congrats on finishing the ride! Sorry it took so long to get in tough, I just found your info while packing for a camping trip. Anyway i hope all is well with you wherever you may be.

Devin

9:41 PM  

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