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Howard writing:  We’re driving up the beautiful Willamette Valley on our way to Newport, Oregon for the launch tomorrow.  The adventure seems surreal at this point; I feel a little like an imposter – all plan, no execution.  Tomorrow, I will feel differently when I finally point the bike eastward and hit the road.

I’m filled with many emotions at the moment … excitement, terror, elation.  But mostly I’m filled with gratitude for the chance to do this ride, and love and gratitude for my wonderful family and friends who have encouraged and supported me in fulfilling this longtime dream.   Wendy, especially, has been the biggest supporter of all – without her participating in the ride, it might not have happened.  Thank you to all – I will carry you with me on every mile.

Wendy writing:  So happy to have the prep behind us and finally be on the open road. I’m in awe of what Howard is taking on. He’s been training these past many months, and all systems are go for tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to seeing our country and Canada at a 60-mile/day pace.  This is much slower motion than we normally have in our lives. Each day, I’m looking forward to cycling about 30 miles on my e-bike, and having space and time on my own.  I’m keenly aware of the privileged life I’m living, with the luxury of time for Howard’s and my cross-country trip together.  In gratitude- game on!