riders carried their bikes across the beach to do the
ceremonial dipping of the front wheel into the ocean.
And a few others simply took off their shoes and jumped
in the water.
together for the requisite group photo and then had a
nice lunch at the picnic area a couple hundred yards
down the beach. Most riders were greeted by friends
and/or family members, so we had quite a big crowd. I
was met by my father and step-mother and two of their
friends who live in the area.
got back to the motel, we all packed our bikes and
relaxed for a while until it was time for our
celebration dinner. Miraculously, we had another day of
perfect weather and finished up just before the rains
restaurant was a little disorganized with such a large
crew, but a great time was had by all. After our dinner
was served, Susan handed out plaques to each of the
riders and crew, along with a little quip about each
rider. We all had a lot of laughs. We also each received
a nice T-shirt with a graph showing the elevation
profile of our day in the Big Horn mountains.
map was auctioned off for a charity that Lon and Susan
have been involved in to help a small town in Peru with
a new school and water supply. The bidding quickly rose
to $1000 and the map was won by Rick from Texas.
all sad to see the tour end and spent quite a while
talking about what future trips we might participate in.
next few days, I'll write an epilogue with my final