Saturday, October 8, 2011

Present:Hope Tour Birmingham to the end

We went in to Birmingham one night and went to a really cool coffee shop- Urban Standard. We also went by 16th Street Baptist Church which was a hub for the civil rights movement which was really moving for this girl from the north.
We finished out our last couple days riding on a bike trail from Cedartown, GA into Atlanta. It was beautiful and super fun. We could cruise and not worry about traffic, which allowed us to talk more.
When we got to the end of the trail, we had to bike a few more miles to meet the van. When we got there, they had a great celebration waiting for us. It was a really amazing feeling to look at my team, that are now great friends, and think back to what we went through to get there. 803 miles, over 31,000 ft. of elevation gain, burning quads, sunburned lips, mental battles, traffic, tiredness and fatigue. But to know the relationships we made with people in Joplin and Tuscaloosa and each other and the stories we've gotten to share with literally millions of people now, we would all sign up to do it again right now.

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