Well, it’s finally here and it was as great and exciting day as I hoped…actually more!
The ride itself was a wonderful and pleasant ride with lots of opportunities to share all the details of what to today was all about, I passed out more cards and bracelets than I ever did before…especially, it was a shorted day than the rest of the week but even more since today was our last day! Today it seemed that we were more together as a group even before we got to the “Ferry” at Staten Island. We only had one SAG stop since it was a short day and also since the SAG vehicles needed to travel a different direction to get to Staten Island than all of us cyclist (they did not go on the Ferry).
The Ferry ride to Staten Island was fun and what a great view, we see New York on one side and New Jersey on the other…we saw the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island, and tons of every kind of boat!
The police escort to our “Tire Dipping Ceremony” was great and very efficient, we rode together great and it was like a Parade with people constantly waving and cheering us on…what an INCREDIBLE feeling!
The Ceremony at the Beach itself was wonderful and once again VERY emotional for me, I did it– I am DONE and as I said from the very beginning it was truly the Lord’s Will that I complete this amazing Journey and Mission!
We continued with the Police escort and were brought to our Campsite for the night at Mt. Loretta Church, well at least for some of us. With so many having Family and Friends for this day, a lot were either going home following the “Celebration Banquet and Service” or staying in a Motel room for the night. Upon arriving at the Church site it seemed everything was so “surreal”, as I look back I just didn’t know what to do first (second, third, fourth and so on)! My emotions were SO stretched right now because unlike most, I was staying here the night, had too many things to take care of with no one really “here” to help me and decide what needed to be done…let alone, to be done first! I needed a shower, I needed to pack my bike up, I needed to setup my tent, I needed to get my stuff out of the gear truck, I wanted to visit with a few that were leaving before, during and after the Banquet tonight…the list goes on and I was JUST a little overwhelmed!
Well, all in all…I did them all! The visiting, packing of the bike, getting the tent setup, showering and getting ready for the Banquet, it all happened and there I was…the night went great and more than I ever thought possible it was over! I took lots of pictures, said “Goodbye’s”, laughed, cried, got phone numbers and addresses (which I should have listened to Mom and started doing this way back in LA when I started), made arrangements for tomorrow…which included SO many things. I meet an incredible Lady, Terry from the Hospitality House in Statin Island who arrange all of my “needs” for tomorrow…a place to store my things, rides to and from the Ferry (and eventually to the Airport), directions for my excursions in New York — it ALL happened, once again I realized it was the Lord’s Will because it fell all into place.
What a day, as I look back…WHAT an amazing day, God is SO Good ALL the time!