Posted by: rustymccain | August 7, 2011

A Last Thank You….for now

Well, it has been a little over a week since we finished our journey. The full magnitude of our adventure will not settle in for some time. This was truly an adventure of a lifetime. There were so many things that we did that were life-changing, life-affirming or life-threatening that it is going to take a while for it all to bubble to the surface.

I cannot thank all the people who have given us support. This started out as a bucket list thing for two guys. We had a very tight circle of friends and family who humored us to the point of unwavering support. However, over the eight weeks of the adventure, that circle grew immeasurably.

In the scheme of things, what we did was not a big deal. But, because we chose to do it, it became a big deal. One of the lessons driven home was the idea that, whatever you choose to do, should be done with all you’ve got.

Another lesson was that every day, every single person has a chance to make a difference in someone else’s life. I know that because every interaction we had, whether phone calls, email, texts, conversations or comments on the blog, touched us and helped us reach our goal. In essence, Ray and I did not ride alone. It seems that we were just on a really big group ride.

There are a lot of thoughts, happenings and lessons learned that I just didn’t have the time, or perhaps energy to write. I hope to record some of those things over the next month or two. I don’t know what the final product will be, but I look forward to reliving a wonderful trip.

For those who contacted us via the post or email, I will use the next month to contact you to thank you. For everyone else, please accept my thanks for being a part of a once in a life-time adventure. I only hope that I can pay it forward. I will try my best.


  1. Rusty – I am so proud for the accomplishment you and Ray have achieved. You both have gain so much experience over the years. As a “much younger gentleman” such as myself, I will call upon the wisdom of my two athletic elders as I pursue my own quests. In return, if you call (and I hope you do) I will be there.

  2. No thanks necessary. Thanks for sharing it and thanks for finishing it. Glad you both had a great ride.

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