Today we arose and had to hit the road early since we had a ferry to catch. We rode 2.5 miles from our hotel in Vallejo over to the ferry dock. It was another brisk morning on the bay. It was cloudy and misty. Not the ideal situation for such a big day to celebrate but it was the typical day for San Francisco.
We took the ferry over to Sausalito. Then it was a three mile ride to the Golden Gate Bridge. The roads were crowded with tourists riding around town on bikes. Then there were lots of locals out for their usual Sunday ride. When we got to the north side of the bridge we stopped for a bit and took in the moment. In just a short time our journey across the country would be complete.
Usually the pedestrian side and the cycling side of the bridge are on opposite sides. However they were doing construction on one side so they had routed all traffic to one side. This made for a very congested trip across the bridge. There were many people not paying attention and lots of people without the skills to ride a bike in congested areas. We pedaled slowly with great patience as we weaved our way through the congestion. It wasn’t the peaceful trip across I was expecting. It was quite stressful trying to not run into or over someone. But nothing could take away emotionally the experience of accomplishment we felt.
As we came to the edge of the south side of the bridge we were greeted with cheers, streamers, poppers, and noise makers from family and friends! A big thanks to Ed and Faye for making the drive up to celebrate with us! It was such a great moment in time!
After we celebrated on the bridge for a bit we made our way down to the water to dip our tire in the Pacific just as we had dipped our tire in the Atlantic.
Then we enjoyed spraying champagne all over each other just as they do in all the big celebrations and sporting events.
And once that was done we had a celebratory toast in honor of all our accomplishments this summer!
It is still kind of surreal that we have reached San Francisco and our journey across the country is complete. We want to thank each and everyone of you who have followed and supported our efforts the past several months. It has been so humbling and so amazing to see and experience the support that we have received. Thank you!
Even though this summer’s cycling trip is over, the mission continues! Team Wooha doesn’t exist to pull of something this summer and then forget about it. We exist to bring clean water to all those who do not have access to safe water. I hope that everyone will continue to follow what goes on in the world and what other efforts we are making to bring clean water to the people of Ethiopia.
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Once again this summer’s journey has been one to never forget. And we thank you all for the conversations, memories, and support along the way!