Starting Location: Williamsburg, VA
Ending Location: Yorktown, VA
Lowest Elevation: 0
Highest Elevation: 105
Today was the final day on the Transamerica Trail... What a surreal feeling. We only had a little more than 20 miles to cover for our last day so Joop and I decided to take the day slow and check out some of the historic areas around on the way.
After a delicious breakfast and saying goodbye to Debra, Camilla, Noah, and Kelilah we headed out to complete our adventure. We first rode a few miles to get to Jamestown where we went to the Historic Jamestowne Visitors Center to learn about the first settlers and the birth of our nation. It was very interesting reading and seeing all of the history that took place in this area.
After Jamestown we had an 8 mile ride to Williamsburg. I'm really not big on history, though riding through Historic Williamsburg was pretty incredible. There were many people dressed up in colonial clothing and all kinds of stuff going on such as candle making, carriage rides, history lessons, marching lessons, children's field games, and much more. I probably should have taken a lot more pictures in Williamsburg but I was enjoying just watching it all happen around me. Joop and I were a big hit in town - many people stopped us to ask us about our bikes and gear and would give us very enthusiastic congratulations for making it to the end of our journey.
From Williamsburg we had just 13 miles left to ride to Yorktown - the home stretch. Every mile that we got closer the more excited I got amd before long we were there. When we got into Yorktown we headed straight for the water so we could get our pictures with our wheel in the ocean signifying the end to our incredible coast to coast adventure. What an incredibly rewarding experience this was.
After we got our pictures by the water we rode back up the hill to get to the Yorktown Victory Monument - the official end to the Transamerica Bike Trail. When we arrived at the monument we received some applause from a couple of families who were there and they asked us all kinds of questions about our trip. They were amazed with what we had just accomplished. They took a few pictures with us as if we were famous, and offered us some ice to cool us down.
After we were all settled down celebrating our victory we went to go grab a burger and a beer at a restaurant by the beach. We then rode back up the hill a little bit to get to the Grace Episcopal Church where they have a house overlooking the York River that they let cyclists stay in. It is air conditioned and nice and cozy - a perfect place for cyclists to end a Transamerica adventure. We are joined here by two other cyclists Jonas and Tony who are both deaf, and Jonas is also traveling with his small dog. It is pretty incredible to me to see these men overcoming their challenges and living a life on the road. Tony is on route to cover all the lower 48 states on his bicycle - so inspiring. Later on I communicated with Jonas for a while by typing up messages on my phone while he wrote on his memo pad.
We cleaned ourselves up and hung around the house for a while then decided that we would go to the pub down at the beach for dinner rather than making it ourselves. We figured that we deserved to treat ourselves tonight. As I sit here and write this blog I find myself with mixed emotions at the end - I feel so proud and accomplished for finishing my journey, yet now all I can think is "what's next?"
Luckily I am still very young and have plenty of time to continue filling my life with adventure, and I know that I will do that. For now, I still need to complete this one! On Friday Joop and I will be driving up to Washington DC where I will stay for a few days. Joop will fly out of DC on the 8th. From DC I head up to New York! However, I have decided that instead of riding my bike through hellish traffic from DC to NY, I will be packing up my bike in DC and sending it home so I can take a bus up to NY and not have to worry about my bike so I can just enjoy the city! I figured you guys won't judge me for not making the last portion of the ride. I still accomplished what I set out to do this summer - I RODE MY BIKE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES!