Today Team Z rode 65 miles from Oceana to Bulleton. I was supposed to work at rest stop one, but I was pretty late because my stamina has taken a hit and my RA is unfortunately starting to flare. But I did eventually make it there to help ring the cowbell! And all of these enthusiastic and committed people are helping me keep going.
Today I met the couple riding the tandem bike. It turns out they are on their honeymoon and they asked their wedding guests for donations instead of presents. I can't think of many things much more awesome than that!! Also, Caitlin Ryan was today's honoree, and she is one of the most amazing young women I know. Caitlin was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of three. She is now in 10th grade and has already had both of her hips replaced. I'm so glad to have had the chance to meet her and her amazing family. You can read more about Caitlin's story here.
After a long day APL and I took OZL to an awesome park near Solvang to run around a bit. Then the whole team went to the Firestone Walker Brewery to share some beer. And now it's 7:15pm, which is pretty much bedtime based on our level of exhaustion!!