Day 26, Aug 12th

Start: Ashland, VA

Finish: Williamsburg, VA

Miles: 102

Elevation Gain: 1660'


La Quinta Inn

119 Bypass Rd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185


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Our final day felt like the final stage of the Tour de France - more ceremony than a final day of riding. It was considerably shorter and easier than the days we've had for the past couple weeks, and we all stayed together and lounged around the rest stops more than usual.

We still met for our usual 6:00 AM breakfast so that we'd have time for a leisurely lunch and to get our bikes packed before dinner.

I made it!

After about 80 miles of riding, we all regrouped at the Victory Center overlooking the Chesapeake Bay for our final mile or so down to the beach. With a lot of cheering and yelling, we rode double file until we crossed the finish line set up by the PAC Tour crew.

The final map

A few riders carried their bikes across the beach to do the ceremonial dipping of the front wheel into the ocean. And a few others simply took off their shoes and jumped in the water.

We got together for the requisite group photo and then had a nice lunch at the picnic area a couple hundred yards down the beach. Most riders were greeted by friends and/or family members, so we had quite a big crowd. I was met by my father and step-mother and two of their friends who live in the area.

When we got back to the motel, we all packed our bikes and relaxed for a while until it was time for our celebration dinner. Miraculously, we had another day of perfect weather and finished up just before the rains hit Virginia.

The restaurant was a little disorganized with such a large crew, but a great time was had by all. After our dinner was served, Susan handed out plaques to each of the riders and crew, along with a little quip about each rider. We all had a lot of laughs. We also each received a nice T-shirt with a graph showing the elevation profile of our day in the Big Horn mountains.

The final map was auctioned off for a charity that Lon and Susan have been involved in to help a small town in Peru with a new school and water supply. The bidding quickly rose to $1000 and the map was won by Rick from Texas.

We were all sad to see the tour end and spent quite a while talking about what future trips we might participate in.

In the next few days, I'll write an epilogue with my final thoughts.


Our last breakfast in the parking lot Our final SAG - everyone took there time We all got together to ride the final mile or so to the finish

Crossing the finish line A few riders did the ceremonial wheel dipping at the end Group photo

Our very capable crew Four of us rode Serottas, more than any other brand except Trek which also had four riders Packing our bikes

The first cake at our celebration dinner And the second cake Celebration dinner

Celebration dinner Celebration dinner Rick won the auction for the map - $1000 donated to Lon and Susan's Peru charity