August 10, 2013

Pedaling to Portland: Grand Finale!

Julie and teammates celebrate by dipping their front tires in the Pacific
Julie and a group of young adults have been biking from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The team has covered 4,400 miles in 10 weeks. This is Julie's final report.

Note: When the team left Baltimore, they began their journey by dipping their bikes' rear tires in the Atlantic waters.

Two days ago we arrived on the Pacific coast! We dipped our bikes [front tires] in the water at Cannon Beach and celebrated our accomplishment of making it across the country.

Today, we arrived in Portland! It's hard to believe that it's already been 70 days! I remember day one like it was yesterday.  I got to the [overnight] host really late that day and it was what felt like the hardest day ever. But when I got to the host, my teammates welcomed me with smiling faces and applause. That was the moment that I realized that with a super awesome and supportive team like mine, I would be able to make it! Now that we're in Portland and we've all gone our separate ways, it feels weird to not have my 4K [that's miles not kilometers] family with me. I will miss them all and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to have spent my summer with. Summer of 2013 is definitely one to remember!

Well done Julie and team!  Congratulations on a tremendous accomplishment!

Julie is in the front row, 4th from the left,  just above the 4K

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