This was a much needed trip and ride for the both of us. September was a break on the bike while we each had huge plates of life to get through but we pulled it off!
Thursday night we did the tradition pre-airport dinner and sleep over at Casa de Mills! We got to Logan and got on the plane mostly unscathed (sarcasm 🤮) and made some friends at the Jet Blue front desk.
When we landed we got the usual “is that a piano in that bag” questions (ugh) but the bikes made it just fine and were assembled (Rachael nailed it). We met up with some old Bike MS friends and made new ones (our newest Passport buddy Phil) at the Ride Registration.
Early morning we got up, had breakfast, and got ready to roll with our new friends Deb and Janie. Since Team Left Hand took us under their wing we took off with them for the 78 mile trek to Daytona. A huge shoutout to Scott from Open Road cycles and Ralph From The Bike Bus who helped with some last minute maintenance.
Pirate rest stop. Hands down #1. Need we say more? Best lunch, first aid, and friends. CCG must have a rest stop like this (Jared wait till we tell you about it!)
The ride was amazing. The heat felt so nice coming from the cooler temps of the Northeast and the route was pretty flat except for bridges. Although no alligator sightings.
We had the option to do either 100 or 78 on Day 1, opted for the 78 as many people warned us of the headwinds and crosswinds on the way back!
We finished in Daytona, added many names to our champion bandana, a few of which were just amazing having beat cancer with MS- a true inspiration and the reason we do this! Immediately after finishing and putting our bikes on the rack, we went right to the massage tables. We had all the kinks worked out since it had been a crazy past few weeks. After hanging in the Team Left Hand tent with our new friends, we got some beach time, found some turtles, ordered room service and called it a night.
It was good we did the 78 on Day 1 because we have headwinds and crosswind for the majority of Day 2 that wouldn’t quit. We played it smart with the nutrition and hydration and nearly bonked at just about the finish line. Our new friend Kim was with us for most of the morning and then we caught Bill’s wheel for the remainder of the ride. Since it was a straight shot on the route (literally) there was a lot of time to clear the head and take in the views all while at 20mph.
We crossed the finish line and made more friends, had massages, and caught a ride to pick up our bike boxes. Overall, our favorite ride aside from CCG. We can’t thank Elli, Sydney, Eden and the entire staff enough for their amazing hospitality and for taking us in and making us feel at home!
We ended the night with a huge seafood dinner with Rachael’s colleague Demi who took us in for one more night. The weekend was topped off with a Pats win and then it was off to bed.
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See you next weekend in New York City! And get ready for our 2019 schedule!