Sunday, November 28, 2010

LIFE IS LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE




Official Photographer, Michelle Westhoff

Saturday 11/27/10 As we sat on the terrace outside our hotel room in San Diego enjoying our view of Mission Bay, we had difficulty believing our ride was about to end. We still had the habitual urge to look at our maps and to check the air in our bike tires. We had one very short ride left that would take us to the pier in Ocean Beach, the official end-point of the southern tier. As we rode toward our final destination, sea gulls, pelicans, and cormorants flew overhead. What a transitional sight when only 3 days ago we were riding through desert and mountains. We cycled past Dog Beach, to the eclectic community of Ocean Beach, where the chosen mode of transportation appeared to be skateboards. We saw surfers in wetsuits carrying their boards to the water. Some of the grassy areas had camps of people who appeared to be homeless or had just chosen to live outdoors near the ocean. Michelle Westhoff met us to take some photos of our finish. What a welcome sight to see her. Michelle's sister, Melissa, is married to our nephew Nick. Thank you Michelle! So, after 2 months and 8 days, with 10 flats and 2800 miles, we documented with camera that our ride had ended. For those of you who have supported us with thoughts, words, and prayers, we thank you and wish you love and adventure. Team Bagley

14 comments:

Heather said...

I'm so glad you both made it back safely!! I can't wait to see you next week. :)

Joe and Georgia said...

Hi Ann and Norb,
Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us; wonderful pictures and diary. We are looking forward to seeing you. I'm sure Zenee already knows you'll be home soon. Joe & Geor

Rhiannon said...

I am so glad you made it safely, but I'm kind of sorry to see it come to an end! I have enjoyed reading your posts so much. I look forward to seeing you guys next week!

Bonnie Clair, RN said...

Cngratulations! You both are such an inspiration and I've enjoyed reading about your adventures!
Bonnie Clair, RN

The Gilmore Family said...

Hip Hip Horrah...so glad you made it safely. We were so glad to meet you. And glad we "bumped" into you on your pasth in the beginning and got to follow you all the way on the blog.

Keep in touch.
Karen

Jay said...

Again, i have tears thinking of all you conquered on the trip. We hope to see you stop in Denver on your way back east.

so..what next?

Love you both.

Kelly said...

Again, congratulations. So glad you made it safe and with no major problems. You are both wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Way to go! Atta boy and girl! It sounds like you have had an adventure of a live time. Can't wait to see you when you get home. Take it easy now!

Joan and John Cisna

Vicki H said...

Congratulations! I'm glad you made it safely and look forward to seeing next week at your "welcome Home" reception.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! What an amazing feat! Glad to see you made it safely.

Karen Brown said...

So glad you finished your ride. It was so nice to meet you guys and follow your trip. God Bless you for what you have done.

Karen Brown said...

So glad you finished your ride. It was so nice to meet you guys and follow your trip. God Bless you for what you have done.

Melissa said...

Team Bagley!

You did it!!!! I'm so happy for you two, and we have really enjoyed following your trip on this blog.

Well, now that you have biked the Northern States and the Soutdern States...what's next? :)

Congrats!!!
Melissa

PS. Loved the picture with the surfer!

the Wagner's said...

Great going Ann & Norb, Team Bagley!!! What a mission you started and completed. You are to be admired. My family and I enjoyed our short period of meeting you on the mountain before you got to Silver City, NM. Wish we could have done more to help you.
Glad your journey ended safely, prayers were answered. We followed your blog daily and thoroughly loved it. Thanks for doing what you did for the kids of Cox.

Take care - Reba, Gene & Stephen Wagner of Williamsburg, NM