Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 19 - Orange to Williamsburg, VA - Done!

We made it! Today was the perfect capstone to an incredible experience. Lon told us at the start to take it easy and enjoy the day. For the most part that’s what we did, but a few times the paceline picked speed up to the low 20s as we all felt the eagerness to get done, plus we have gotten used to this kind of pace. The terrain was rolling, losing about 600’ for the day, but we climbed 2,500’ worth of little hills.

I think we are all struggling with what completing this trip means. We have a dinner and awards/presentations this evening which will be fun, but it will probably take a few days/weeks to really appreciate the impact of what we accomplished.

Congratulations to all the riders, now friends. I’ll post more pictures and some more info later.
The map of our route is now complete!
Rob and Randy - roomies and friends


  1. Rob,

    Congratulations! That was one tough tour, but you certainly proved to be tougher. I was pleasantly surprised to see you finish each day very strongly in the first or second groups, even on the hilly days. But I guess by now, after acing a number of my Eastern PA brevets, the EM1240, and Elite Tour, I shouldn't be surprised by anything you can do!

    -Tom Rosenbauer
    Eastern PA RBA

  2. That's awesome Dad!! We are so proud of you! Especially for blogging each night -- that will be great for you to look back on to remember too!
    See you tomorrow -- enjoy your dinner.
    Lissa, PD and Riley

  3. Congratulations to all of you! It's been so much fun following your journey!

  4. Congratulations to you and all of your riding partners and a call out to Lara for what she was able to do too. I hope it does take several days to sink in, you should really enjoy it for as long as possible, reliving all you accomplished with each story you tell.

    George & Barb

  5. Awesome accomplishment, Rob. Checking for your blog updates daily has been part of my routine that I will miss. Sleep well tonight. Luxuriate in not having to an alarmed wake up. :)

  6. Congratulations Rob. Thanks for taking us along with you. Excellent reading.

    Andrew Mead
    PA Randonneurs

  7. Damn Rob, you are skinny! What a great ride, and what a great blog. Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks to hear about the ride in person, although, by then the glow will have worn off.

  8. I just found about this whole thing 2-3 days ago,been catching up from the first post...CONGRADULATIONS!!! Sounds like a damn fine way to spend 19 days to me,Brother. Revel in being proud,ya done good :-)


  9. Well done Rob,

    That looks like one grueling ride, but you seemed ready for everything. Thanks also for taking us along via your excellent blogging.

    Jud Hand

  10. Rob, Ellen & I enjoyed getting to finally meet you in person. You're even more handsome in real life! You're a gifted story teller; we've loved reading your blogs immensely. Have fun with your granddaughter and get plenty of rest. And congratulations to everyone!