Day 17 — Mitchell, SD. Some of you know this already, and some of you don’t, but my ride has come to an end and I will be returning to Stow this weekend. I’ve been fighting a cold but thought I could ride through it. On Monday, about 40 minutes into Day 17’s ride, I started sweating profusely and falling behind my group. I was lightheaded and had to spend the day in the sag van. PAC Tour as always did everything they could do to keep me on the road but all of my options entailed spending all or part of the next few days in the van. That’s not how I anticipated crossing the country. Between the major mechanical failures (still in need of resolution) and this physical failure (and a few I have not mentioned in this blog — knees, back, foot), it became clear to me that it was not going to be possible to continue to log 100+ miles a day on the bike for the next 16 days. I’m ending my ride in Mitchell and making my way home.
Thank you to all of you who followed me on this journey and for your valuable words of encouragement along the way! It meant very much to me and helped me get this far!