We were killing time, because everyone said that we should ride in at 11:30. But then of course, they wanted us early because people were standing around. I can imagine that wasn't pleasant, we know how hot it was! So we headed back for our big entrance, and we worked up a sweat in just that short ride! But we made it, and I got chills as I saw a crowd assembled for us to ride into. It was so fantastic. I'm glad I wasn't steering because I probably would have crashed us, I got shaky as we came in, just filled with emotion.
|Photo with helmets at first, but then they said to take it off because of the shadows on my face--I cherished those shadows and my visor on the ride, glad it was doing its thing!|
|With Ann Palmer, President and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation and Mike Ortman, National Board Chair|
They then even had a cake for us, it was amazing! It was gluten free and decorated so sweetly a map of our ride and even little helmets...that matched OUR helmets!!!
We had an overwhelming response from people all day. I LOVED that people came to say hi and share their stories with me or what the ride meant to them. Anywhere from inspiring them to get out their bike to helping make infusions go faster by checking our updates, they are truly we we did this ride, this is about all of us, and I'm so happy to get to see the other pieces of the mosaic that this journey assembled. Here are just a few shots I got with friends and supporters today.
And with that, I need to finish my presentation for tomorrow (come to my session on physical activity and JA at 3:45!) and sleeeep. Everyone asks how can I still have energy, well, I get a high from the conference, but it's going to be a tiring few days! The best kind of tiring though!
Love to you all!!