I plan this to be the last posting in the Pony Ride 2013 blog. Of course there may have to be a short Epilogue after we arrive home so you can see the treasures we may have bought and any stray thoughts that we forgot to include. Again, I want to thank each of you for your kind and sometimes humorous comments. We looked forward to hearing the comments each morning.
The day at Ocean Beach was wonderful and we were treated to good weather, food at Hungry Lu's and of course the entertaining dogs. Colleen got her visit from Myrna and Jim,
Brenda and Wynn got their long walk on the beach
and Dan and Evelyn got their sunset.
The inn we stayed at had a beautiful Rosé Garden and a deck right out on the ocean cliff. We all laughed at the seagulls and especially liked watching the pelicans dive completely under water to catch their supper
We had pizza last evening from a local shop.
Cali time means that their 45 minutes for delivery was actually an hour and a half. We of course had to break open Eda and Jim's gift champagne and we knew they were toasting us from Albuquerque at the same time.
Evelyn and I had gotten each of the pony riders a card and then we sat and read our five predictions out loud that each of us had written before the trip started. It was amazing how many of them had come true. We headed to bed and got a very early start this morning (4:30 am PT) We drove around 975 miles today which leaves us with about 24 more hours of driving time. Hopefully we will get home sometime Weds afternoon. I' ve asked each rider to give a final thought or two when we get settled into the hotel tonight. Once again, it's been my privilege to serve these three go-getters for the past 30 days. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing our blog each night and will treasure the memories made and the folks we have met along the way.
The sun has set on our pony ride...
But another day and another sunrise will bring new adventures
Putting the ponies in the stable til next time,
Colleen here, thanks for sharing in our adventure. Rolling into Ocean Beach was surreal. Because of the fog out over the Pacific we knew we were nearing the ocean, but we couldn't see it until we were pretty close.
I stand in awe of the fact that we did not get lost, not once. One time we veered off course for maybe a mile but quickly made the correction. imagine!
Our celebration at Sunset Cliffs was perfect. Ev got to share her Pacific sunset with Dan, and we toasted with some bubbly and had a pizza delivered. Then at 4am we were hurtling ever eastward to return to our waiting families. I'm still feeling the exultation of the finish and looking very much forward to being reunited with my family. I hope you will know how much your prayers, encouragement and support has meant to all of us.
When you doubt yourself for some task that is ahead of you, remember you CAN do all things through Christ who strengthen you!
Dan here, I'm still basking in the afterglow of a wonderful journey.
I think back to the first few sentences I wrote on this blog before we started. I certainly had my time of moving meditation. I also had lots of time to get to know my fellow travelers. Colleen and Wynn were wonderful riding companions. Brenda was incredible at every day logistics. It was great getting to know Karen. She and I have much in common. The wonderful bonus of having my dear wife, Evelyn join the adventure was a delightful surprise.
The ride itself was very much what I had anticipated. Parts were difficult, but most days were a joy to ride.
I guess now I need a new item for my bucket list.
I try to take away a life lesson after completing something like this adventure. One of my jobs on this trip was to be the mapster. I have been planning the routes for the last 15-18 months. Then every night of this trip I looked at the map, reviewed the turns and double checked the directions. When it was time to do the ride for the next day, we had to trust the map, no matter the doubts, the road surface or weather. Following the map is what got us to our destination.
It is the same way in my life. Being a follower of Jesus and His Word, the Bible is my life map. I have to trust what it says, no matter the doubts, the trials, the road set before me. If I want to get to my destination, I need to follow the map. I will attempt to incorporate this biking lesson into my life too.