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All that's left is the PROLOGUE!

We scoff at the climbs...HaRumph

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29 days of riding are completed and what an exhilarating feeling. Dan called Ev after the two CAT 2 climbs and declared in a loud voice that he was King of the World. All three riders mastered those climbs and then some. We are extremely proud of them, in case you haven't noticed. The winds were favorable and the descents were well earned. Ev and I made our last sandwiches for a while as we will do Subway at the beach for lunch.

The ponies are tired tonight after a tough day of climbs. They rode 84 miles, averaging 10.7 mph. And they were in the saddle a total of 7 hours and 53 minutes. We are staying in Alpine, CA tonight at the Aryes Lodge. ( a little pricey, but about the only place in town. We'll take it.)

I will put up some of the scenery we took along the way. Pics will include Historic Rt. 80, the US /Mexican border fence, signs at a roadside park, rocks balanced precariously along the road, a sugar mill, the moon and especially the big thumbs up from the riders before they started their last full day of riding.

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Here are a couple of my favorite shots of the day...

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Here's a salute to our three riders in riding form today

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Good night from Brenda...tomorrow I'll be writing from the beach

Ev here - for real! What an incredible adventure to take part in. Each day brings something new to see and do. This is so much more than a pony ride, particularly when you experience first-hand all the planning, preparation and hard work and that's not just the riding. First of all, Brenda is an amazing organizer and the glue that holds this team together in so many ways. She makes sure everyone has a good place to lay their heads for the night and that bellies are always well-fed plus so much more behind-the-scenes that everyone is grateful for. Then there's Wynn without whom this would not be realized --- these ponies have NOT gotten lost once in 2000-plus miles --- he spends all his "spare" time pouring over maps and directions to keep everyone on track. What a great can-do attitude and then some. And Colleen -- what a pleasure watching her accomplish this dream; she is one heck of a strong woman in so many ways, and I'm happy to be getting to know her better....you go girl!!! I only got to meet Karen at the beginning of the trip but she was an integral part of the team and kept my seat warm till I got here, and for that I thank her. Last but definitely not least is my amazing husband Dan. It just warms my heart to see him realize his dream. He has trained so hard for this and it is coming true. There's still more to go tomorrow with the reward of a long-awaited journey being completed. I am in total awe of each of these wonderful people. OK gotta get this posted!

Posted by brendagerber07 17:50

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So exciting!!! Can't wait to have you back in Ohio!!!

by Tina Neipp

We are so happy for all of you and have totally enjoyed being able to follow your journey. What an inspiration!

by Kathy

Betcha thought with all that writing above you'd heard the last from me tonight didn't ya? Gotta remember I hadn't commented in a while! Anyway just wanted to encourage everyone reading this to get out there and see as much of this beautiful as you can......I can't stop saying WOW!!!

by Ev Roob

Great job with those climbs today. We are so in awe of your incredible adventure. Stay safe and enjoy the last day of your trip across this great nation !!

by Lora Bohn

Wow! What an exciting and, seemingly, quick ride across the country! We've enjoyed keeping up with your adventure so much! Gonna' be sad to see it end! But, oh, what a great time we've had!!! Way to go ponies! Blessings to you and your wonderful SAG team as you realize a dream come true! Inspiring! Love to all, Susan

by Susan Eavenson

Can't believe your so close to the finish- what an awesome trip! Following you has been a treat-almost like we were there but in our easy chair. Peddle on ponies!

by Bob & Marilee Meinzer

Blessing to all....We love you!

by Jane Godby

Just unbelievable! So very close to attaining this monumental goal. We share the excitement as you cross the finish line tomorrow:) All of you have worked so well together. It has been a joy to share the ride with you! ONE MORE DAY.

by Margi

:). :). :) :) :) you guys are about to put the Big stamp of "mission accomplished". Dream realized, hard work, training- paid off, dipping front wheels in the Pacific--- being able to enjoy God's Beautiful FULL MOON, Spending your last day "On the Beach", Rode bicycles n sag, across the entire east to west coast Southern United States----PRICELESS!!!!!!!
Thanks for the virtual trip with yas!!! BIG SMILES N GRATITUDE here!!!
OH- __ __ !!!

by Valerie

Congratulations to all of you. See ya at tax time Wynn.
JR

by John Riddle

YEAAAA!!! Congratulations to the whole team. You have accomplished a remarkable feat of the seat. We are celebrating with you. Thank you so much for letting us ride along from the comfort of our desk chairs. High fives and hugs to all!
Eda & Jim

by Eda Weddington

You are almost there!! Ride on and catch that dream!!
God speed and safety to you all.

by Jim and Jill Tyree

It has been great following all of you...what a goal...and the team work it took for the goal to be met...congratulations to all of you...you did good!!

by Gloria Argenti Hobor

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