“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Tim. 4:7
At 9am we arrived in Yorktown, VA. Our journey across the United States from West Coast to East Coast is now complete. In Yorktown, on October 19, 1781 the British surrendered to General Washington. The Victory monument stands at the edge of town on the hill overlooking the harbor commemorating the finality of the 19 day siege. For Samuel and me, it marks a victory for our own battle; over 3,760 miles and 49 days endured pedaling a tandem bicycle together to reach it.
We started in San Francisco where the Golden Gate crosses the bay, and we end in Yorktown where Yorktown Bridge crosses the York River Harbor. Bridges make crossing water ways much easier as we travel, and provide a connection from bank to bank, but from Western shore to Eastern shore there is not a lot of travel made easier on a bicycle. There are a lot of great connections however, Samuel and I share many, and we share a connection with a small few that have braved this journey also. It has been our good pleasure to meet and travel with our now good friend Brad Huff whose determination, tenacity, and positive attitude helped boost our courage and will to press forward each day. It really is a wonderful feeling to finish, but it really isn’t about the finish at all. It’s about the journey, or “The Climb,” as the Miley Cyrus song puts it.
We thank God for health and strength given to complete this journey, we thank Lelsy and Odessa for enduring all the long and slow tedious miles while offering us love, encouragement, and support all along the way–not so easy. Thank you, Shauna Stewart for your work and effort putting things together at 4TheNow. To all the others, our daughter Keisha, and my sister Monica, for being involved in our fund raising efforts, posts, blogs, etc. Thank you to my Father and Mother who have cared for things while we’ve been gone. Thanks to friends and family who followed us on the blog in our journey across the country and gave words of support and encouragement. For all who have contributed or will contribute in any way to help 4TheNow help others with diabetes support, THANK YOU!