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Last Day !! Last stage – not into Paris but instead thru Wilmington and to Wrightsville Beach. The route today ended at the Atlantic Ocean. More flat terrain with lots of trees. Met up with some of the members of the WBUMC Thursday Morning Bible Study group along the way. Thanks so much to Bill, Derrick and Ralph for taking the time and burning the energy to ride the last stage of the trip with Chris. Note Chris is wearing the “maillot jaune” today. Leading in the general classification for the Chris Cross America 2017. Thanks to Christian who gave me the jersey when I was leaving France.
The fans at the stage departure. Really special that Corryn was able to join us for the last leg.
A view from the road today. Chris had ridden the last half of this route before – this is the “green tunnel” part of North Carolina – pine trees lining the road on both sides for much of the route. Chris did lots of training prior to the trip riding on this kind of road.
Members of the Team Bible Study at the join up point. Note the team van supporting the riders. Thanks to Karen for providing the bike transport for Team Bible Study.
Team Bible Study controlling the peloton today – all the team at the front of the pack setting the pace.
Chris knew he was almost there when the Isabel Holmes bridge into Wilmington was in sight and then the group crossed the Cape Fear river.
Downtown Wilmington on Third Street.
The crowd at the finish at the beach. Very special to have our grandchildren Brody, Cooper and Hadley at the finish. There were special shirts (Thanks Josh at Freckles Graphics in Lafayette IN and my niece Katie) to commemorate the Chris Cross America.
Cooper’s sign had the final ride statistics and Hadley’s has a welcome message.
The front wheel into the Atlantic Ocean. It was a great feeling to be able to finish. It was a real team effort – driving the RV, taking care of all the logistics, being the manager and providing encouragement was a huge task. Riding the bike was easy – just keep pedaling.
We will do a final post in a few days summing up our experience – which was wonderful.
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