Today Team Z rode the final 56 miles from Ventura to Santa Monica. APL wasn't feeling much better but he did decide to ride today anyways. Unfortunately for all of the riders there was CRAZY wind today - blowing people off the road and making progress really difficult and rather scary.
Everyone was so parched from the wind that we ran out of water where I was working at rest stop two. I felt so bad that we didn't have enough water for the riders who were working so hard out there for us today! When our backup water didn't arrive I finally drove to a nearby campsite to find more water myself. And when we shut our rest stop down I put one of the water containers in my car and stopped at the top of a couple of hills along the route to provide a little extra backup! It turned out to be a really hard day and I was so glad I could be there for the riders!
It was pretty awesome to watch all the riders finally come through the finish line in Santa Monica. I wish I could write more eloquently about how proud I am to have been a part of such an amazing endeavor, but I am so so so very tired right now that I can barely think straight. Suffice to say that the ride raised over ONE MILLION DOLLARS for the Arthritis Foundation and we raised awareness about arthritis all the way down the coast of California. What an amazing experience!!