Ride for the Dream

Cycling From Coast To Coast

Day 38 – St. Augustine, FL ! ! !

by on April 10th, 2014

It’s done, in the books, checked off the list! We had a short 60 mile ride into St. Augustine today but were all awake well before dawn and anxious to hit the road. After going through our morning ritual of packing panniers, filling water bottles and checking tire pressure for the last time, we pulled out just after daybreak.


Gretchen drove most of the way from Louisville last night but stopped 100 miles outside of town, driving the rest of the way this morning. We started earlier than she did and stopped for coffee a couple of hours into the ride to kill some time. Buck had some family coming in as well. We were in St. Augustine before 11:30 AM, met up with Gretchen and headed through downtown and toward the beach. Today was all about just getting to the beach and dipping the bikes into the water!

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After hanging on the beach for quite a while we headed across the street for our last lunch together, relived some of our our experiences and told a few stories. After spending pretty much every hour of every day together for the last 38 days, the trip was over and it was time for everyone to get back to their normal lives. Buck left for Atlanta after lunch. Baptiste found a youth hostel right in the heart of St. Augustine ($22 per night including breakfast), 8-10 people in the same room but they actually had beds.  Gretchen and I are staying at a hotel in St. Augustine Beach for the next few days before heading back. We came back into town this evening to meet Baptiste for a celebratory dinner. He is going to come by the hotel tomorrow and hang out for part of the day on the beach and then will be back on his bike headed for Miami (restless soul).

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I think I’m too tired right now to put it into proper perspective, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feel lucky to have shared it with Buck, Baptiste and Ben. Thanks again to my family and everyone for all of their support and well wishes!




6 Responses

  1. PAW-some! You did it in great time! Congrats on a great ride for a great cause. You rocked on donations for the Dream Factory :)

  2. Ric says:

    Congratulations buddy! Nicely done, and inspiring to say the least. Enjoyed keeping up with your journey through this blog.

  3. De says:

    Congrats to all of you! I enjoyed reading the blog.

  4. Donna Philippona says:

    Wow, how exciting! Congratulations to you and your biking buddies. It was fun to read all about your journey. Such an accomplishment.

  5. Donna Philippona says:

    Oh I almost forgot…Yea Huskies! (My daughter is a UCONN grad. lol.)

  6. Amy says:

    Congratulations!!! So happy you made it safely! Loved reading your blog and seeing the pictures. Amazing!

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