Posts tagged Positivity!
All these things that I've done

It's been 4 days since we arrived in Half Moon Bay. My state of mind is pretty blank right now. As hard as it is for me to believe that I am back home after being on the road for 2 months, I can barely believe that I biked across the country at all. 

So here's my last blog post, for now. Who knows, depending on how long my funemployment lasts, maybe I'll have time to do a rider expose or two.

The last few days of riding were brimming with energy, excitement, and anticipation. Every morning's route meeting got progressively sillier, our mid-ride singing grew more rambunctious, and we celebrated the last of everything - the last mountain pass, the last host presentation, the last rider of the week award, the last laundry day.

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Pedaling for affordable housing

As you can see on the website, Bike and Build's mission statement is twofold: to benefit affordable housing, and to empower young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

We've had 7 build days so far, which we mostly still consider a rest day, even if it does require some physical activity. Around 7:30 am, a wake-up time 3 hours later than on our bike days, we leisurely arise from our (often beer-induced) deep sleeps and begin on the build site around 9 am. The type of work we do on the sites varies, partially depending on what stage of construction the house is in when we arrive at the town. Thirty-one people is quite a large group of volunteers, especially when the number of project coordinators is significantly less; we often split up between 2-3 different build sites, and then break off into smaller groups at each site.

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100 miles and the Appalachians - come at me!

Yesterday we rode our first century- 100 miles! And it wasn't just any century; it was also our first day on the Appalachians and we climbed almost 10,000 feet, equivalent to 1/3 the height of Mt Everest! Whenever we have over 90 miles or the weather is over 90 degrees, we get two lunch breaks, so we did just that yesterday. It wasn't too bad in the beginning, even with some serious inclines. But at the end, I was definitely cranky ("WHERE THE %#?! IS THE 10 MILE DESCENT THAT THE LEADERS TOLD US ABOUT") and our group had some delirious fits of laughter over nothing. But when we rolled into Parsons, West Virginia, I knew it was worth the challenge. I'm so proud of the group and of myself, we are awesome!

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