Yesterday, we finished our journey. 1731 miles.
It started in San Juan Capistrano with a new addition to our team. Nolan’s fiancée Ashley joined us for the final day to ride to the Mexican border. We struggled to find the right bike path, but then we found the trail. The day took us through San Clemente, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, the beautiful boardwalk near Mission Bay, Point Loma, Coronado Ferry, Silver Strand State Beach, down through Imperial Beach to the San Ysidro border crossing.
We rode 90 miles in the day, and it was after dark when we finished. We were lucky to be met by Ashley’s Uncle Danny and Aunt Rachel, who took us to other relatives house for a delicious dinner and to drop off our bikes. We then took Eric to a friends house so he could make his flight to his cousin’s wedding, and then Nolan, Justin, Ashley, Uncle Danny, and Aunt Rachel drove across the border and are now in Rosarito, Mexico. It is very relaxing to be here.
It is crazy to be done. It still hasn’t hit me (Justin) that we have finished. This just feels like a rest day before we continue on. People have asked if we are sore, tired, if we will ever bike again… the answer to all of them is yes. Though I am very glad to be done with this trip, it was amazing. Incredible views, great mates to travel with, and a crazy adventure. My love of cycling has grown in a huge way- (though I think I am going to take a short break). Thanks to all who have housed us, fed us, rode with us, cheered us on from afar, or even glanced at this blog. Special thanks to Susan Davis, Jay and Joanna Littlefield, Brian and Jill Clay, Erling and Joan Oksenholt, Eric’s Aunt Karen, Paul and Renee Chuljian, the Zalsman family, Danny and Rachel Gil, Ashley for their extra involvement and kind hospitality. It will always be remembered and cherished.