The weather cooperated, the police escort was thrilling and lunch on the beach at Anastasia State Park was delicious, but it still hadn’t sunk in that we had really done it.
Left to right above is Kathy, Nan, Jill, Nancy and Suzy. That’s tour leader Katie with the flag, and of course, Nan and I. I spent the rest of the day exploring St. Augustine with (left to right) Patricia, Wendy, Soonil and Mary, That’s Mary’s Bear Simon peeking out of her pack. He completed the journey, too, sometimes with his head under a plastic bag. I worried about him. Nan spent the day with her twin sister, Ann. They are remarkably alike even though they are not identical twins.
The city of St Augustine is preparing for their 450 year anniversary in the fall. Scaffolding is up on many of the historic buildings, including Flagler College, in preparation for the event. It should be quite a celebration. Besides the lighthouse, (no, we didn’t walk up 200+ stairs in cleats) we couldn’t miss the oldest house, the fort, and buying T-shirts on St. George St.
Later that evening we celebrated our accomplishment with a banquet at Le Pavillion. The seafood was delicious and we got to hear our “Senior Superlatives.” I was “Most organized” because all my stuff was in labeled zip lock bags, (doesn’t everyone pack that way?) and “most precise” because at the morning snack table I cut my PBJ neatly into quarters (do I sense a pattern here?) and finally, thanks to Nan, “most likely to get tangled in spokes.”
My advice to anyone contemplating an epic journey is to follow your dream and you can’t go wrong. I’m so glad I did it and that my readers were generous enough to share their time and read my blog. I don’t regret my decision for a minute. For those of you who are planning for upcoming Woman Tour adventures, please, keep me posted.
This is a good time to mention that I am an author. Check out my novel, “Mommy Machine” (Heliotrope Press 2008) on Barnes & Noble website http://www.bn.com under Kathleen McElligott or Mommy Machine. Most of the riders on the ST read it and “loved” it. We had a book signing in Silver City at the Little Toad Brewery. Thanks especially to Rita Rowe, who brought the book with her and generated all the interest in it. Thanks, Rita. If she hadn’t brought it, I probably wouldn’t have mentioned it.
I wish all my fellow riders and readers the best. Jill and Alex will be planning our reunion in 2018. Oh, and one more thing, I am only a few hundred dollars away from reaching my fundraising goal of $1600 for the Alzheimer’s Assoc. My mother Josephine had this terrible disease and passed away in 2013. If Alzheimer’s has touched the life of a loved one you know how devastating it is. Any amount will help me reach my goal. The Alzheimer’s Assoc website is http://www.alz.org/the longest day, my team name is Kathys Cross Country.
Thanks again. See you down the road.