Since we didn't get WiFi or cell service at the Natures Wilderness Campground we got up early and moved the RV close to the starting point where we could connect, post the blog, catch up on some messages and start the ride into Portland ME. I included the entire team for my final daily "start" picture. This has truly been a team effort and could not have done without Cheryl (OK, Zuri gets some credit too). I waited until today to mention it but John Van Beek, (most of you know him as John VB from the comment section of the blog) notified the Portland ME media and there will be two camera crews at the finish line at 2 pm today. So much for my intimate, incognito finish at Fort Allen Park. Thanks a lot John!
The 2 pm finish gave me plenty of time to go slow, reflect on the journey and keep my heart rate down. The ride itself was nice. Not a lot to see but the weather was cool, roads were OK and other than a few spots, traffic was light. I was on Cove Beach Trail for most of the ride into town so that was nice. As was fitting, it started to rain, so I could finish the way I started, soaking wet.
As is my SOP, I put Fort Allen Park into Google and let Siri provide directions in my ear piece. As also is SOP, I missed the turn where Cheryl and the TV crew were waiting. Yep zipped right on by them. In my defense they were on the North end of the park tucked near a boat ramp and Siri was directing me further South. So much for my impressive first impression with the TV crews of Portland ME.
As mentioned, thanks to John, the TV crew was there and did run the story on the evening news and posted on their web site link below. Obviously I was kidding before John, it was a fun addition to the finish. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
So there we were standing on the east coast in Portland ME on August 19th, just as scheduled. Quite remarkable I must say that we were able to hit the day we set out to back in June. Certainly is wasn't as simple as the daily schedule would make it appear. Sure I was a little concerned when Greg and I were heading to Bend OR on Day 3 but we made it! I am very excited and a little relieved to be honest.
For the 6 or 7 of you who have stayed with us throughout trip following the blog, you already know the cast of characters, but I would like to take a moment to reflect on those who joined me and/or provided support to help me get through this. I am so grateful to you all!