I could not have done this Bike Ride without the support and affirmation of so many. It meant a lot to me to have the TSV (the support vehicle that looked like a bright yellow banana) come alongside of me and shout “Yahoo!” and “You go, girl!” and “Just 10 more miles to go today!” I had the courage to do one pedal at a time because I knew it was all for the kids. I may have been the one interviewed by some TV stations, but at the end of the day, I get to have a warm supper and sleep in a comfortable bed. What do at-risk kids get? Verbal abuse, negligence, and much worse. That’s why I’m telling the story about Maria and other kids I met along the way every chance I get.
At the Finale, I was presented with what Jose Maldonado called the “coveted yellow jersey.” That’s the video clip you can see today along with this blog entry. It was an honor to receive the jersey that means so much to cyclists on a challenging tour. But as I zipped it up, I was humbled knowing that so many of you also made sacrifices–with your time, talent, and treasure–to make this Ride the success it was and continues to be. I get to wear the jersey, but we all get to share in the victory that it represents.
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