I thought I’d update everyone on the few days after our ride ended and the big transformation. Brenda, Sarah and I stayed with our good friends the McSharry’s while Matt and his family stayed at a local hotel (our first night apart in two months). Early Monday morning Matt came over to the house for us to start the process of shipping home the bikes and unpacking the SAG vehicle. We pulled everything out of the car and started to take apart the bikes.
Matt and I then packed the bikes in their carriers and drove them over to FedEx to be shipped home. Leaving FedEx without our bikes seemed strange and was the first real sign that our trip was over. We then went back to Brian’s and now it was time for Matt and I to go our separate ways. We’d spent every waking moment together for the past two months so it seemed a little odd to know be off doing our own thing. Matt drove off to go spend time in Boston and New York with his family and I’ll see him in a couple of weeks when we reassemble the bikes and start enjoying riding back in California. Brenda, Sarah and I then drove up to Boxford for a nice lunch with my aunt and uncle. Then back to Medfield for one final night with the McSharry’s.
It was now time for my transformation to take place. For weeks everything had been about me and where I was, how I was feeling and what help I needed. Family and friends had all been incredible with their support and encouragement. But now it was time for Chris the cross-country cyclist to retire and Chris the husband, father and employee to reemerge. In particular, Chris the Dad needed to make a quick appearance as it was now time to move Sarah off the college at NYU in New York City.
On our way to New York we stopped in Danbury, CT where we were fortunate to be able to meet Sarah’s new roommate Michelle, her Mom and sister for lunch. They live outside of Danbury and it was so nice to meet them at a time other than the craziness of move-in day. We then drove through Westport, CT where we had lived from 8/97 to 1/99 and Sarah had started kindergarten. We had a fun time wandering through Westport as it brought back quite a few memories for Brenda and myself. We spent the night in Norwalk and then were up early this morning to head to the Big Apple.
Fortunately Sarah had been accepted to an early NYU volunteer program so we were able to move her in today with a small group of 75 students while the regular move-in is on Sunday. Chris the Dad did his job of navigating the car around NYC and finding a place to park and move everything into Sarah’s dorm room. After briefly helping Sarah we went to lunch and then said our first goodbye (we’re going back for the weekend). Sarah was off to a volunteer meeting and Brenda and I were off to Jenkintown, PA to meet with my office tomorrow for an appearance of Chris the Employee. Finally Chris the Husband will make his grand appearance this weekend in NYC with Brenda.
Thanks again for all your support and interest in our adventure this summer! Now it’s time for one of you to come up with a journey so Matt and I can follow your blog!